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It’s almost summertime, and that means warmer weather, longer days, and for students: no school. But the learning doesn’t have to end just because class does.
Here are 7 STEM-related summer camps in Delaware that’ll keep your young ones engaged and learning, without putting a damper on the fun.
Summer Camps at Delaware Technical Community College (Dover)
- Price: $95 per session, $190 for the full day.
The customizable summer programs at DelTech cater to students in grades K-8 (though they also have programs for teens and young adults ages 16-24). Running from June 12-Aug. 18, each week and grade level features different workshops and programs. Morning and afternoon sessions are three hours each (9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.), and before and after camp is available for those who need to arrive earlier or stay later for an additional $35. STEM-related activities include photography, computer science, engineering, coding and building programs. Not all camping sessions are STEM related; other areas include career exploration, sports and specialty camps. Availability is limited. For more information, click here.
Tower Hill School Enrichment Camps and Science Explorer (Newark and Wilmington)
- Price: Varies. Between $195-$450.
Tower Hill in Wilmington offers an array of tech-related activities for students. A few programs include drone operation, robotics, 3D printing and video game development. Individual camps at Tower Hill are one week long, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. In conjunction with Science Explorers, summer programs are also available for children ages 4-11. Marine biology, astronomy and geology are just a few of the topics available within the program. Morning and afternoon sessions, lasting three hours each, are available, and children have the option of attending one or both. For more information on Tower Hill, click here. For more on Science Explorers, click here.
Delaware Museum of Natural History (Wilmington)
- Price: Varies depending on grade level and program. Members of the museum receive a discount.
For those with a strong interest in nature, the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers exploration programs for kids in pre-K through 6th grade. Camps are even available for children under three. Camps are a week long, and before and after care is available. A few points of interest for older students include wilderness exploration and engineering activities. For more information, click here.
Camps at the University of Delaware (locations vary)
- Price: Varies, most around $100-$300.
The University of Delaware offers a wide range of summer camps for students of all ages, including engineering, coding and environmental science. The majority of the options are one-week specialty programs, and students will learn new skills in their area of interest. Camps vary in time and length. Dates, locations and prices depend on the program selected. For more information, click here.
Sylvan Learning Center (Newark)
- Price: Varies. EDGE STEM programs begin at $95.
- Price: Varies depending on length and package. Around $225-$250.
In sessions ranging from June 19 to Aug. 18, students ages 6+ have the opportunity to participate in creative scientific applications. From Minecraft to robotics, this four-to-five day, morning or afternoon camp gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the world of technology. For more information, click here.
Delcastle Technical High School (Wilmington)
- Price: $100; $50 for those in the School Meal Benefits program.
Delcastle Technical High School hosts summer camps for 6th and 7th grade students interested in construction and information technology. Camps are one week long, and take place from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, click here.