College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Summer camps

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Have some fun and learn new things at summer camps and other opportunities that introduce students to new concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Whether you are considering a future career as a scientist or engineer or just want to try something new, these camps are for you.

Discover STEM

  • These week-long day camps offer a hands-on introduction to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities
  • Grades 11, 12
  • Experience campus life, learn more about academic programs, and explore potential careers through activities such as: lab experiments, science and technology demonstrations, campus, residential life, and lab tours, as well as lectures and career panel discussions.
  • For detailed information on program dates, content, and registration, please visit the website.


  • Eureka! is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Eureka! builds sisterhood with girls from all over the Twin Cities, exploring their career interests and dreams while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education.
  • A partnership between Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis and the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
  • Girls eligible to apply are current 7th graders (entering 8th grade in the fall of 2015)
  • Application form (deadline: April 24, 2015)
  • For more information, visit the program website or contact Michelle Rukavina at or 612-215-4372

Kids' University

  • These week-long day camps are part of the University Summer Youth Camps
  • Ages 6-15
  • Enrichment programs in math and science include Adventures in Engineering & Design; Blast Off! Rocketry; Circuits are a Snap!; Earth, Cosmos & Beyond; Electrochemistry, M.A.T.H. Make Amazing Things Happen, and more!
  • For detailed information on program dates, content, and registration, please visit the website.

Science Discovery Day Camps at the Bell Museum

  • These week-long day camps are led by museum education staff and give campers the opportunity to meet University scientists and take field trips to University learning centers
  • Topics range from mammals to invertebrates, outer space, the environment and more
  • Hands-on, inquiry-based classroom and laboratory activities, as well as outdoor exploration and recreation
  • Grades K-6
  • Sponsor: Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Visit the website.

Summer Transportation Camp

  • This free two-week summer day camp at the University of Minnesota will introduce students to the many aspects of the transportation field through field trips around the Twin Cities, participating in hands-on lab activities, and learning from experts about what it’s like to work in transportation.
  • Learn how different parts of the transportation system work together to keep you (and the things you buy) moving in cars, trucks, planes, and boats in Minnesota and beyond. Go behind the scenes on exciting field trips to places like the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, St. Paul Port Authority, Metro Transit, FedEx, and more. Take a spin in a driving simulator and learn how it’s used to make our roads safer
  • Grades 7-9th grade (as of the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Sponsor: Center for Transportation Studies
  • Contact information: Kylie Bivins, 612-625-5608.
  • Visit the website.

Technology Day Camp

  • This three-day summer camp explores the wonders of technology, robotics, and college in general; free, diversity and outreach program
  • Grades 6-8
  • Sponsor: Digital Technology Center and the Center for Distributed Robotics
  • Visit the website.

Youth Science Center Park Crew

  • This youth crew serves as guides in the Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Grades 9-12
  • Sponsor: National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED)
  • Visit the website.