Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics Programs for K through 12 in the Chicago Area

List of Pre-Engineering Programs from Engineering Education Service Center

Skokie Park District Sizzling Summer Science Camp  for grades 1 - 8

Evanston Township High School Wildkit Engineering Summer Camp for grades 6 - 8 - Contact Shelley Gates, Career and Technical Education Department Chair, at gatess @ or 847-424-7660 for more information.

Mad Science for Young Scientists - for ages 4 - 6 at various locations

Triton College Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering & Technology

Glenview Park District offers Exploration & Innovation Science and Engineering Camp for local 3rd – 8th grade students. Interested parents and students are invited to look for details through the Glenview Park District. For more information, contact Jeff Rylander at jrylander @

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

iD Tech Camp - Northwestern University Computer Camp for Ages 7 - 17

Summer Programs for High School Students at Northwestern University

Center for the Gifted

Girl Scouts

Focus on STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Computer Smarts Try-It

Environmental Awareness

It's Your Planet - Love It!

Career Day for Girls - held annually at the end of February at Northwestern University

K – 12 Program at Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Science Minors at Museum of Science and Industry

Argonne National Laboratory - various K - 12 programs


Understanding Science: How Science Really Works by University of California Museum of Paleontology All the Best Science and Math Activities from the Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, Science Museum of Minnesota, Children's Museum of Houston, New York Hall of Science, and ASTC.

Science Olympiad - hands-on competition for grades 6 - 12 students  This competition emphasizes biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. It also combines these disciplines in engineering and technology applications. Regional competitions are held across the country to determine best teams to compete at the state level. The winning team from each state competes for a national prize.

Illinois Science Olympiad - the Illinois state chapter of the Science Olympiad

MathCounts - a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.

Illinois MathCounts - enrichment club and competition sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers to promote mathematics achievement in the middle schools.

Math Olympiad

Maryville University on Mastering Math Olympiad and other math competitions

American Mathematics Competitions - three competitions for 8th graders and younger; 10th graders and younger; and, 12th graders and younger

Art of Problem Solving  - online math problems to practice for the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) and MathCounts; also provide online math courses

You Be the Chemist Challenge - chemistry competition for middle school students

UIC Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Summer Camp for middle school and high school students

UIUC Math Camp for middle school and high school students

Northwestern SWE Summer Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) for girls going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grades

Northern Illinois University STEM programs and summer camps for grades 2 - 12

Illinois Institute of Technology summer program for middle school and high school students

Loyola University Summer Scholars program for high school students

Oakton Community College - Indistrict high school juniors and seniors may enroll in many of Oakton's courses by completing a concurrent enrollment application form.

Other STEM summer programs listing in Pathways to Science