Top STEM and Academic Camps in Vancouver

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Published May 4, 2016

Are you looking for a fun and educational experience for your child this summer? If so, these are some great choices:

Top STEM and Academic Camps in Vancouver


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 below.


Debate Camp

Need an idea for that smart chatty kid? Debate Camp offers training in Public Speaking, Debating and Model United Nations for students in grades 6 to 11. This multi-leveled program suits all abilities, from the novice to experienced speaker. Kids come away with renewed confidence in how best to express the spoken word. New ideas, lots of fun and skills development for higher learning and life!





Burnaby Village Museum

Summer Heritage Adventure Camps at BVM allow children to experience different historical adventures before cell phones and the internet. Themes include Apprentice Week (blacksmith, barber, printer, etc..), Toy Adventure (creating and playing with old-fashioned toys and games), Invention Detectives (investigating old technology), and much more! This year, a new After Camp Club is available this year to accommodate parents who need a bit more time to pick up their kids.




Place des Arts

Located in Coquitlam, Place des Arts offers classes and private lessons in music, dance, and the visual, theatre and literary arts. Among the more academic related programs are Creative Writing Classes, Speech Arts, Speech Writing & Performance, and Animation and Cartooning classes.

Scholarships and bursaries are available to full-time students.





Grouse Mountain

With distinct themes, each Adventure Day Camp is united in common goals of inspiring youth to get outdoors, make friends, play, and connect with nature.. Age-appropriate camps are offered for ages 5-7, 8-12, and 12-16, and include themes such as photography, wildlife survival, animal education, and counselor-in-training.



Vancouver Chess School

Using a proven instruction program, a group of established chess masters in the Greater Vancouver area use the royal game to incorporate fun, learning, and success.

The VCS also hosts regular tournaments (both recreational and competitive), where students can test their skills against their peers and other local players. Players of all levels are welcome.





Startup Skool

Startup Skool provides the ultimate summer camp experience educating youth on entrepreneurship, design thinking and coding. Their programs are designed to educate youth to think differently, stay curious, innovate and have the confidence to design and bring their ideas to an ever-changing world. Summer Camps include Innovation Camp, Design Thinkers, and Tech Entrepreneurs.





Daedalos Academy

At Daedalos Academy's LEGO Robotics Camp, kids will create, build, program and operate robotic animals, machines and vehicles using LEGO® Education WeDo and Mindstorms Robotics with Computer Programming. In the process, they will learn computational and critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills. Campers will participate in age-appropriate activities based on experience and interests.




Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a variety of arts programs including professional theatre, dance and music presentations, art exhibitions, arts education programs, and public programs for both children and adults.

Among this years camps are Kits in the Art Studio, Teens Improv Camp, Kids on Stage, and Attack of the Funny Girls.




Gateway Theatre Academy

The Gateway Theatre Academy provides process-based learning in a safe, supportive environment in which students will grow, and strengthen their vital skills for vibrant self-expression.

Summer camps are offered in musical theatre, acting, improv, and speech for various age groups and abilities.





Sylvan Learning

Sylvan has been serving the Vancouver community for almost 30 years, providing their trademark teaching services.

In addition to tutoring in writing, reading, math, study skills, and other subjects, for which Sylvan Learning is well-known, they offer fun summer camps in robotics and coding for kids at various locations throughout Greater Vancouver.




Viva Voce

In addition to their signature private classes, Viva Voce is offering small group classes (3-4 students) in a variety of subjects, including Speech Writing and Public Speaking, Leadership and Advocacy, All About Writing, Debate It!, among others. Stimulate your imagination and have fun this summer!




Bricks 4 Kidz - Coquitlam

Bricks 4 Kidz in Coquitlam offers camps for kids ages 4-7, and 8-12. Campers will work and play with programmable bricks along with electric motors, sensors, system bricks, and LEGO® Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, and beams). Not all camps ar the same, as themes include Amazing Animal Camp, Space Adventures, Amusement Park, Stop Motion Movie Making, and more.




Spirit of Math Schools

Does your child excel at math? Spirit of Math's summer programs offers an intensive, exciting, and fun week of math enrichment based on a unique curriculum developed especially for high-performing students.

This is a great opportunity to get your brain ready for September, sample the school-year after-school program, and meet other like-minded students who excel at math and love a challenge!





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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