STEM programs for kids and teens

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STEM programs and classes teach science, technology, engineering, and math. They stimulate children and teens’ curiosity and learning throughout the year. They aim to make education fun, and to build long-lasting competencies for the present and future. They’re offered after school, on weekends, during holidays, and throughout the year. Read more

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Focus Learning Academic Centre   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1506-150Don Mills, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Focus Learning Academic CentreAn enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

The Maker Bean Cafe   

Dufferin Grove, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

Creative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $95/program
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed956-121Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMThe Maker Bean CafeCreative technology camps to engage your kids & teen. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. Dufferin Grove, Toronto, Ontario, Wallace Emerson, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Sylvan Learning Thornhill   

Thornhill; Markham

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Day camp, Program

Sylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $149/month
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1493-182Thornhill, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringSylvan Learning ThornhillSylvan 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, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed3256-183Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Zebra Robotics   

Mississauga; Milton; Online

  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Robotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed307-174Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMZebra RoboticsRobotics and coding after-school, weekend, competition, and summer camp classes that are virtual classes for students from Grade 2 to 12. Serious STEM learning with a unique curriculum and wholesome support system! Mississauga, Ontario, Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

30+ STEAM activities, academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative thinking. Robotics, AI, Coding (Java, Arduino, HTML, Python) Math, Abacus, University prep courses, open to the world and Canada Fr/En. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1904-185Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: STEMBudding Genius - Central Mississauga30+ STEAM activities, academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative thinking. Robotics, AI, Coding (Java, Arduino, HTML, Python) Math, Abacus, University prep courses, open to the world and Canada Fr/En. Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

York University; Science Engagement   

Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Sentinel Park, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Science Engagement Programs offers interactive and hands-on STEM experiences for youth in grade 3-12. Elementary programs include Science Saturdays, March Camp, and SciX. Secondary programs include Helix and Spark Lab. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $70/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program openCamp Coed, Girls708-186Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Sentinel Park, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMYork University; Science EngagementScience Engagement Programs offers interactive and hands-on STEM experiences for youth in grade 3-12. Elementary programs include Science Saturdays, March Camp, and SciX. Secondary programs include Helix and Spark Lab. Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Sentinel Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed, Girls

Active Scholars   

Ajax; Guelph; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Program

A unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $235/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2357-137Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMActive ScholarsA unique summer experience, Where Sports Meets Education and campers get to engage in both STEM Learning & Basketball or Soccer Development. Each week we offer a unique experience for continued growth and engagement. Ajax, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed
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Kids;' programs from here below offer STEM as part of a more varied collection of activities.

The STEAM Project   

Richmond Hill; Markham; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Camps and classes for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build projects with their own hands! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed305-140Richmond Hill, Ontario, Markham, , Virtual Program, Computer (multi)The STEAM ProjectCamps and classes for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build projects with their own hands! Richmond Hill, Ontario, Markham, , Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

MindKraft   

Oakville

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

After-school program and summer camps for robotics, coding, game development, 3D design and other STEM activities. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $99/program
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed995-171Oakville, OntarioComputer (multi)MindKraftAfter-school program and summer camps for robotics, coding, game development, 3D design and other STEM activities. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Power of Words Academy   

Don Mills, Toronto; Markham

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

2020/2021 Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program for kids in Grades 2 to 8. Select from in-person classes (at our North York Campus) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/2 weeks
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1007-142Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation (multi)Power of Words Academy2020/2021 Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program for kids in Grades 2 to 8. Select from in-person classes (at our North York Campus) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

STEM Minds   

Online; Aurora

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

STEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-143Virtual Program, , Aurora, OntarioScience: STEAMSTEM MindsSTEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Virtual Program, , Aurora, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

The Michelangelo Code   

Brampton; Vaughan; Mississauga; Online

  • Computer : Video Game/Web Design
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

With valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-184Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer : Video Game/Web DesignThe Michelangelo CodeWith valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Ultimate Coders   

Brampton; Vaughan; Bendale, Toronto; Online

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Online & Onsite Computer Coding and Robotics Classes for Students - SK to Grade 12. Our After school & weekend programs give eager young minds early exposure to stimulating activities that will kick start their futures! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $85/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed856-185Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Bendale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer (multi)Ultimate CodersOnline & Onsite Computer Coding and Robotics Classes for Students - SK to Grade 12. Our After school & weekend programs give eager young minds early exposure to stimulating activities that will kick start their futures! Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Bendale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Top Class Edge Learning   

Richmond Hill; Online; Bayview Village, Toronto; Markham

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

We strive for strategic tutoring and proven methods to help students master English, Math, and Sciences. Expert tutors combine challenging lessons and personalized feedback with excellent habits and learning skills. Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $55/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed5511-186Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Bayview Village, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: Academic/Tutoring Top Class Edge LearningWe strive for strategic tutoring and proven methods to help students master English, Math, and Sciences. Expert tutors combine challenging lessons and personalized feedback with excellent habits and learning skills. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Virtual Program, , Bayview Village, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

The Cube STEM Camps   

Downtown East, Toronto

  • Computer (multi)
  • Day camp

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. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $195/week
Day camp openCamp Coed, Girls1957-177Downtown East, Toronto, OntarioComputer (multi)The Cube STEM CampsA 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. Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed, Girls

Code Ninjas Meadowvale   

Mississauga

  • Computer (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

When school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-148Mississauga, OntarioComputer (multi)Code Ninjas MeadowvaleWhen school is out, fun and learning are in at Code Ninjas camps! If your kids are into MineCraft, Roblox, robotics, coding, or gaming, Code Ninjas is the place to be! Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Code Academy   

Online; Mississauga

  • Computer : Computer programming (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Mississauga's premier kid’s coding academy offering in-person and virrtual courses, summer camps and afterschool programs. Located at Cawthra and Dundas. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $85/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed856-189Virtual Program, , Mississauga, OntarioComputer : Computer programming (multi)Code AcademyMississauga's premier kid’s coding academy offering in-person and virrtual courses, summer camps and afterschool programs. Located at Cawthra and Dundas. Virtual Program, , Mississauga, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

At Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $30/session
Day camp, Program Coed305-1810Oakville, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning OakvilleAt Sylvan of Oakville, we have STEM Summer Camps, STEM Club, tutoring in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as SAT/ACT prep courses. Oakville, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Play Island Explorers   

Richmond Hill

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Join us for PA days, March Break, Summer Camp, & Winer Break for an exciting camp experience for children ages 4-12 years. From indoor playground, outdoor sports, crafts, science, baking, music, splash park, & much more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $50/day
Day camp openCamp Coed504-1211Richmond Hill, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Play Island ExplorersJoin us for PA days, March Break, Summer Camp, & Winer Break for an exciting camp experience for children ages 4-12 years. From indoor playground, outdoor sports, crafts, science, baking, music, splash park, & much more. Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp Coed

Apostrophe Kids   

Oakville; Mississauga

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Program

Academic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/month
Program openCamp Coed1596-1512Oakville, Yukon, Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringApostrophe KidsAcademic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June. Oakville, Yukon, Mississauga, Ontario Program Coed

STEM programs near you

As STEM focus grows in influence, an increasing number of organizations offer after-school and weekend programs. Find your city in the list below and find kids’ programs for STEM near you.

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You might also consider these other programs

Nowadays, there are dozens of education programs. If your child is interested in STEM, you might also look into some of these related options:

Engineering programs: in-depth instruction in engineering, an important field with a wide range of applications in the sciences and social sciences

Science programs: a broad field covering several sub-disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy

Math programs: teach a wide variety of abstract and applied subjects, such as algebra, calculus, logic, geometry, and number theory  

Computer and technology programs: focus on the basics of computer science and related technologies

Coding programs: teach and develop skills and knowledge in programming languages and their applications

Robotics programs: teach and develop interest, skills, and knowledge in robotics and related technologies

What you can expect from a STEM program 

The multidisciplinary approach of STEM can be extremely engaging. It can also be very effective. 

After-school and weekend STEM programs, like summer STEM camps, tend to have quite a bit of individualized learning. Most programs allow children to work independently and collaboratively, and can tailor the curriculum to individual students. They also offer many hands-on projects and activities—rarely, if ever, will your child be sitting down quietly listening to a lecture.

Other key benefits of STEM programs include:

  • Foundational studies: they offer an education that’s sure to serve your child well in the future. Your child will learn both the basics, and depending on the program, the more advanced features of the four STEM subjects. This will support and reinforce what they learn in school, and stimulate their thinking about future educational pursuits.
  • Love of learning: your child will focus on areas of interest they’re passionate about. They’ll also get to work on independent and collaborative projects with peers also interested in STEM. This allows them to pursue their passions, and inspires a love of learning—sometimes a lifelong one. 
  • Expert instruction: in addition to regular instructors, the STEM curriculum is often taught by guest experts and professionals in the field. For example, this can include university professors, who do research on the cutting edge of the STEM disciplines.
  • Preparation for the future: STEM programs and classes can pave the way for future studies and work. They can help your child decide which of the STEM disciplines they want to pursue deeper study in, in primary school, secondary school, and even in university. Sometimes they also stimulate sufficient interest, and offer a strong enough foundation of knowledge, to provide the basis for a future career. More on this below.

​STEM, STEAM, and other variations

There are several variations of STEM programs. For instance, STEAM programs, in addition to the regular curriculum, offer learning in the arts. One appealing feature of many STEM programs is that they also offer STEAM learning. They may also offer one or more of the following related programs:

  • STREM programs: Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, and Mathematics, adding robotics as a field
  • GEMS programs: Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science, for learning programs that encourage young women in science and technical fields
  • BEMS programs: Boys in Engineering, Math, and Science, for programs that encourage young men
  • STEMM programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine
  • AMSEE programs: Applied math, Science, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship

A career in STEM?

Kids who are into STEM tend to be passionate about it. They tend to love STEM learning. Depending on their age, they may even be considering a career in or more of areas of STEM. 

The good news is, STEM after-school and weekend programs open up a whole host of possibilities for future work. Given their broad, yet focused, curriculum, they can be a crucial stepping stone in preparing your child for numerous different careers. 

There are countless careers STEM students might eventually pursue. Here is just a fraction of the possibilities:

  • Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Engineer
  • Computer scientist
  • Cognitive scientist
  • Software developer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Architect
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Medical researcher
  • Statistician
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Information technologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Urban planner

What’s the right STEM program for your child?

This is a difficult question. Not all STEM programs are the same. They each have their own focus, approach, curriculum, community, and culture.

You’ll want to make sure you find the right fit for your child. To do this, make sure you research prospective programs carefully.

You can start right here on OurKids.net. Make sure you check out our detailed profiles of STEM programs on this page and through our advanced search.

You should also, though, make sure to learn more about any programs you shortlist. A great way to do this is to ask lots of questions, especially those most relevant to your child. Here are just a few to get you started: 

  • What is your curriculum?
  • What is your approach to teaching and learning?
  • What kinds of tasks and activities do you offer?
  • In what ways do you combine the four disciplines of STEM?
  • Who are your instructors—full-time and part-time—and what are their qualifications?
  • What can my child expect to learn?
  • Do you offer any of STEM-related programs or courses (like STEAM or STREM)?

You’re unlikely to find a program that ticks ALL your boxes. Virtually no camp or program can do this. More realistically, you should aim to find a program that meets the majority of your most important criteria. 

For instance, you’ll want a program that meets your child’s learning needs. But you’ll also want one which meets their social and emotional needs, e.g., that gives them the chance to meet a peer group with similar interests.

Keep in mind, though, you’re not just picking a camp or program for your child: you’re picking it for your whole family. This means you’ll want a program that isn’t too far from your home, overly expensive, or inconveniently scheduled.   

Making the final decision

Choosing the right STEM program is a challenging decision. Another way to check out some of the options available to you is through the Our Kids camp and program expo, held in Toronto each year in February. You’ll find many STEM camps and programs there. You’ll also find numerous other types of camps and programs at the expo, in case you decide to go in another direction.

Consult other Our Kids resources:

To learn more about STEM education, check out the following sources:

Livescience.com: what is STEM education?

Education.wa.edu.au: what is STEM?

Wikipedia: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Engineeringforkids.com: why is STEM education so important?



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