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STEM Camps

STEM camps teach science, technology, engineering and math in a summer camp setting. Development in these areas promises to help children compete in the future. Moreover, camps make learning fun and interactive. STEM camps can also claim to be some of the most practically-oriented kids' camps available.

The advantages of STEM camps
STEM camps help prepare children for careers ahead of them. Kids with a budding interest in related subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will engage in learning in a variety of areas. Activities they engage in in summer camp may also help them to decide on one of these disciplines over others.

  • Curriculum in a STEM camp tends to be more advanced. Given that children in these camps are likely to be advanced learners, kids can more freely apply sophisticated learning. 
  • Camps allow children to meet other kids outside of their school and neighbourhood friends, peers in the same city with a mutual interest in these disciplines.
  • Kids in STEM camps learn through enjoyable, hands-on activities that explore learning in ways that are less structured and formal than in the classroom.

Camp curriculum will often be taught by guest experts and professionals in the field. For example, this can include university professors. The focus on (and love of) learning in these camps spreads from camp counselors, instructors and guests to the students. The best STEM camps create an impromptu community of lovers of learning, especially in these four disciplines.

Integrated learning
There are many kinds of educational camps, of course. There are advantages offered by camps that offer more precise specialization, such as you might get if you attend one of your local robotics camps, coding camps or programming camps. The advantage of a STEM camp for your budding learner is integration of these disciplines. If your child is very focused on mathematics, for example, he or she may only be interested in math camps. The same goes for children (and parents) seeking out science camps, technology camps or engineering campsYour child may find that they have enjoy other interests and may broaden their horizons through time in a local STEM camp.

STEM, STEAM and other variations
In the acronym STEAM, the 'a' stands for arts. In a STEAM camp there is, by definition, an even greater integration of learning. The integration of arts is quite often, to be more specific, the integration of design principles.  Critics of the STEM approach look at this as a weakness, but its defenders note that their integrated approach does in fact connect with all other disciplines, including those more generally called the arts.

Still others create variations that are more inclusive. Some variant acronyms used, and which may be increasingly applied to camps in the coming years, include the following:

  • STREM: Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics, adding robotics as a field.
  • GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science. For learning programs that encourage young women in science and technical fields.
  • BEMS: Boys in Engineering, Math, and Science. Used for programs that encourage young men.
  • STEMM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.
  • AMSEE: Applied math, science, engineering, and entrepreneurship

While this refers to a branded network of camps begun in the city of Woodstock, Ontario, a STEM curriculum is now taught by many camps, as listed on this page. The acronym is also used in education and other spheres.

STEM camps encourage children to participate in those four areas of learning.


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List of STEM camps and programs

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  • E2 Young Engineers-Central Mississauga
    A very innovative after school program that boosts learning of Science Tech Engineering Maths through Lego motorized models building.Used in 43countries around the world. Voted the best by Prince Charles of Whales.

    Mississauga

    Education: STEM
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $25/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 25 4-12 0 Mississauga
    Bricks 4 Kidz Woodbridge
    With several camp themes, your child will be sure to have an experience they will never forget. We do two structured builds a day, along with games and art and crafts related to our theme of the week.

    Vaughan; Woodbridge

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 10
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $175/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 175 4-10 1 Vaughan, Woodbridge
    Stanstead College Summer Camps
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more!

    Stanstead

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 10 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $1,000/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 1000 10-17 2 Stanstead
    Sylvan Learning Thornhill
    Educational summer camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing.

    Thornhill; Markham

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $149/month
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 149 3-18 3 Thornhill, Markham
    Sylvan Learning Hamilton
    TUTORING FOR JK to GRADE 12 in all subject areas for students of all abilities. Sylvan Learning builds confidence and inspires success.

    Hamilton

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 200 3-17 4 Hamilton
    Camps offering STEM as an activity
    KNB Learning
    Minecraft, Robotics, Programming, Coding, Media Studies & LEGO after-school & weekend classes & camps for kids 3-16 years, in Oakville. Kids develop skills for real life and discover that learning can be fun!

    Oakville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $275/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 275 3-16 0 Oakville
    STEM Camp
    STEM Camp is a weekly summer camp at 81 locations in Ontario where youth aged 5-13 do fun and engaging activities in science, technology, engineering & math. Call us or email us today.

    Ontario (43)

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 180 5-13 1 Saugeen Shores, Goderich, Waterloo, Brant, Scarborough Village, Toronto, Aylmer, London, Chatham-Kent, Leamington, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Brantford, Kincardine, St. Catharines, Vaughan, Burlington, Cambridge, Oxford County, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Ottawa, Stratford, Strathroy, Welland, Windsor, Guelph, St Thomas, Halton Hills, Agincourt, Toronto, Woburn, Toronto, Sarnia, Hamilton, Oakville, Highland Creek, Toronto, North Bay
    Ontario Science Centre Camp
    An action-packed science day camp with exciting experiments, unexpected discoveries and exclusive access to our hands-on exhibits.

    Flemingdon Park, Toronto

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $295/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 295 4-14 2 Flemingdon Park, Toronto
    The Cube, Coding, Robotics & Video Game Design School
    A technology camp that offers kids the opportunity to touch on a full range of fun and engaging technology classes and activities that encourage kids to use their creativity to be the technology makers of the future.

    The Beach, Toronto

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day
    from $195/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed, Girls 195 6-17 3 The Beach, Toronto
    Exceed Robotics
    Toronto's leading robotics club teaching students 9 years and older how to build and program robots following a STEM-focused curriculum. Year-round after school/weekend program and premier March Break and Summer Camps.

    Thornhill; Mississauga

    Science: Robotics
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $165/month
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 165 6-16 4 Thornhill, Mississauga
    Branksome Hall Day Camps
    A co-ed day camp featuring Dance, Tennis, Soccer, Musical Theatre, Public Speaking/Debate, Tech/Computers, Swimming and more. Home base for the camps is Branksome's new, state-of-the-art Athletics and Wellness Centre.

    Rosedale, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $360/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 360 4-12 5 Rosedale, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning London
    Sylvan EDGE camps and classes will introduce your child to new and fun experiences in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Tutoring & homework help also available.

    London

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $95/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 95 3-18 6 London
    Sylvan Learning South Mississauga
    We offer low monthly rate programs in Readng, Writing, Math, Homework, Science Study Skills and Advanced Reading Strategies. Our STEM related programs in Robotics, Coding, Engineering are fun and affordable..

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $145/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 145 3-18 7 Mississauga
    Sylvan Learning Ottawa
    Sylvan Ottawa offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps, tutoring and homework help programs for kids in JK to Grade 12. Attend full full day, half day or 1-hour after-school programs.

    Ottawa

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $224/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 224 4-18 8 Ottawa
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Pickering
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Pickering.

    Pickering

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 250 3-18 9 Pickering
    Brick Labs
    Discover your "inner brickness" at our fun-filled LEGO-themed Art, Education and Entertainment facility. Parties, Clubs, Camps, Drop-ins and more. Create, innovate and collaborate in 1 of our 4 themed labs.

    York Mills, Toronto

    Science: LEGO
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $15/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 15 5-16 10 York Mills, Toronto
    HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS
    A nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world.

    Rexdale, Toronto

    Science: Environment
    • Ages 5 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $245/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 245 5-13 11 Rexdale, Toronto
    e2 Young Engineers - Greater Toronto Area North
    A unique and specially designed curriculum that use Kid K’nexer® and Lego® building blocks as tools to demonstrate STEM principles by allowing the students to build, understand, and observe their learning in action.

    Markham; Henry Farm, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $200/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 200 4-17 12 Markham, Henry Farm, Toronto
    Blyth International Summers Program
    This summer travel program takes students to a variety of European and International destinations, engaging them in a unique and beneficial world academic and community service programs.

    Annex, Toronto

    Education: Credit Courses
    • Ages 13 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight, Program
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight, Program Coed 750 13-18 13 Annex, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Oakville
    At Sylvan of Oakville, we know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores.

    Oakville

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $195/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 195 5-18 14 Oakville
    Science and Technology Summer Camps UOIT
    Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions.

    Oshawa

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day
    from $300/week
    Day Coed, Girls 300 7-15 15 Oshawa
    RNS Camps
    Camps run year round - day camps throughout the year and overnight and day camps in the summer. Camps range from hockey to soccer to multisport to STEAM/STEM to ESL.

    Rothesay

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $120/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 120 6-18 16 Rothesay
    Camp Kodiak
    An integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities.

    Parry Sound

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $1,386/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 1386 6-18 17 Parry Sound
    JOA Camps
    An exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing.

    Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 9
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $55/day
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 55 4-9 18 Ottawa
    York University: SciX - Science Explorations
    Science Engagement Programs offers interactive STEM experiences through Science Explorations for youth in grades 3 to 8 and through Helix Summer Science Institute and Spark Lab programs for students in grades 9 to 12.

    York Mills, Toronto; Sentinel Park, Toronto

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, Program Coed, Girls 250 8-18 19 York Mills, Toronto, Sentinel Park, Toronto
    Zodiac Day Camp
    Central Toronto. Variety-based for 2-4 yrs (Adult & Tot/Day Care) and 4-6 yrs drop-off. 7-12 yrs pick 1/2 day arts, discovery, sports, and variety, plus 1/2 day variety. Daily swim lesson, 7 1-week sessions and more!

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.0 to 15.
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $199/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 199 2.0-15. 20 Forest Hill, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Etobicoke
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM camp at Sylvan Etobicoke (Islington and Bloor).

    Islington Village, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 250 5-18 21 Islington Village, Toronto
    STEAMlabs
    A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

    Downtown West, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $10/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 10 6-17 22 Downtown West, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Burlington
    TUTORING FOR JK to GRADE 12 in all subject areas for students of all abilities. Sylvan Learning builds confidence and inspires success.

    Burlington

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 200 3-17 23 Burlington
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Markham
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Markham.

    Markham

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 150 3-15 24 Markham
    Explore Center
    A specialized summer camp with creativity in engineering. We are running daily and weekly camp.

    Richmond Hill

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $155/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 155 4-14 25 Richmond Hill
    Sylvan Learning Guelph
    Join us for a week of building Lego® robots & an introduction to video game design and programming! Your child will learn problem solving skills all while making friends & having fun with STEM!

    Guelph

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 250 3-17 26 Guelph
    Sylvan Learning Centre of Vaughan
    If you're looking to learn something new this summer while having fun, join us for a STEM or Academic summer camp at Sylvan Vaughan (near Vaughan Mills).

    Vaughan

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 250 3-18 27 Vaughan
    Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems
    IRIS provides STEM based learning programs that utilizes robot technology and explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in an interactive and enjoyable learning process.

    Thistletown, Toronto; Mississauga; Scarborough Junction, Toronto

    Science: Robotics
    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 200 5-17 28 Thistletown, Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough Junction, Toronto
    Robo-Geek
    Robo-Geek main focus is on promoting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) for young minds through programming and robotics. We aim to foster students’ confidence and “I Can do it” attitude.

    Milton; Oakville; Brampton

    Science: Robotics
    • Ages 8 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $208/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 208 8-14 29 Milton, Oakville, Brampton

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