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Top STEM and Academic Camps in Portland

Published May 30, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

School is over and summer is practically here! If you haven't already, it's time to register your kids in summer camps. But don't sweat it. Here's a list of some camps that will give you child a fun an educational experience this summer break. 

For those of you who don’t know, STEM is a popular acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Opportunities in the STEM fields are on the rise, meaning it has never been a better time to learn how to create and innovate!

If you want your kids to get a competitive edge learning code, game design, robotics and many other awesome activities check out our list of the Top STEM & Academic Camp providers in Portland below.

The International School

Children will enjoy a world of fun this summer while learning Chinese, Spanish or Japanese. Language and culture come to life through hands-on projects, stories, songs, games and outdoor fun! Whether learning a new language or already fluent, campers will love outdoor activities, field trips, multicultural performances, and much more. Best of all, NW Kids Magazine awarded the International School Best Language Summer camp in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and Best Academic Summer Camp in 2018. Camps are for children entering Pre K to the 5th grade.

EG Robotics

EG Robotics summer day camps are the best electronic/robotic camps available for students entering 3rd-6th grade. Students use real electronic parts, build real circuits, and in some camps get to keep their project/robot at no extra cost! Students learn the science as well as the individual parts such as LEDs, resistors, transistors, capacitors, motors, and more! EG Robotics also offers a variety of arts and active camps. 

Play-Well TEKnologies

Play-Well runs some awesome summer camps for aspiring engineers. Their camps center around two engineering and architectural projects per day where students use LEGO blocks to build their own project. Lots of engineering concepts are covered like motors, batteries, leads, overlapping, beam bridges, eccentric motion, you name it. At the end of the week, your child will come away with increased engineering and physics vocabulary and enhanced problem solving and critical thinking skills. 

Camp Invention

Camp Invention offers STEM summer programs across the country that teaches students to innovate and helps them build confidence. In Portland this summer they're hosting their new 2019 SUPERCHARGED program. Children will engage in problem solving, STEM application, innovation, and confidence building through themed projects. In the Deep Sea Mystery camp, kids will get together in teams to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment. In DIY Orbot, students will reverse engineer a remote-controlled DIY Orbot and learn about circuit boards, motors, and gears. There are other great programs to explore!

Mad Science

Is your child a science wiz? Then sign him or her up for one of Mad Science's summer camps. They offer a wide range of camps for kids who are interested in all sorts of science topics. In Rockets & the Science of Flight, Mad Science's most popular camp, kids learn about space, rockets, planes, and flight. For kids who have always dreamed about becoming the next James Bond, there's the Spy Academy Camp where kids get to step into the shoes of a spy. Mad Science has many, many more camps on offer for children ages 4 through 12.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI has gained an international reputation for its innovative science exhibits and programs. It's also a great place to send your kid to summer camp! They have a long list of action-packed day and overnight camps to choose from for kids from grades K to 12. Kids can learn what it takes to be an astronaut at the 3-2-1 Blast Off camp, explore the cosmos in Awesome Astronomy camp, or produce and design their own animated mini-movie in Animation camp. There are way more camps to discover at OMSI. 

Did you find any STEM camps or classes that your kids will love? We hope so. If not, don’t sweat it!

ChatterBlock has a huge, kid-friendly, comprehensive list of all the best local camps and classes. Check out our “Camps & Classes” tab on our homepage for more details.

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April 18, 2016, 4:22 a.m. Flag

Yay!! I am not too far away from Portland and my daughter began taking her first STEM class this semester and loves it. This will be great for us to continue her learning throughout the Summer and when her class ends.

It looks like most of these top out for kids in the 6th grade though. Do you know of any that go through Middle School? Thanks!


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