Summer STEM Guide

shared by Tech-Girls for opportunities in Cville & online!

Last updated May 10, 2022

Bio-Med Tech-Girls

Bio-Med Tech-Girls is back for its 9th year! The program is brought to you by Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls in collaboration with the School of Education and Human Development and department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. The week will be filled with guest speakers, lab tours, hands-on activities, and design challenges!


Who: 9th grade & up; identify as female or nonbinary

When: August 8-12

Where: University of Virginia

Cost: Free

Camp Invention at Peabody School

Team up with friends for fun, hands-on STEM adventures, from adopting a robotic fish to
exploring space to building robotic artists and marble arcades!


Who: Rising 1st - 6th graders
When: July 11 - 15
Where: Peabody School
Cost: $360

CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a summer coding academy that provides elementary students from Albemarle County Public Schools with opportunities for creativity, innovation, and fun.


Who: K-5
When: 1-4pm July 11-14 or 18-21
Where: Center One
Cost: Free (apply to lottery system)

Eureka Workshop Classes

Eureka Workshop offers computer science experiences that combine the problem-solving skills of the visual arts and coding.


Who: 3rd-5th; 6th-8th

When: June 27 - August 8
Where: Online
Cost: $15-$90

Girls Make Games Virtual Summer Camp

Learn how to design and program your own video game in just 3 weeks. The camp features live, guided instruction, community building and a chance to meet industry role models.


Who:

  • Ages 8-12 (GMG Jr.)
  • Ages 13-18 (GMG Teen)

When: July 11 - 29

Where: Online

Cost: $1,250

Girls Who Code Summer Programs

The Summer Immersion Program is a live 2-week intro to computer science course for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. The Self-Paced Program is a 6-week flexible computer science course for 9th-12th students.


Who:

  • 9th-11th grade (Summer Immersion Program)
  • 9th-12th grade (Self-Paced Program)

When:

  • June 17 - July 1; July 11 - July 22; August 1 - August 12 (Summer Immersion Program)
  • July 5 - August 12 (Self-Paced Program)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

iD Tech Camp at UVA

Our summer programs strike the perfect balance between STEM skill development and summer fun, allowing students to explore tech interests in a fun yet challenging setting.


Who: Age groups 7-9, 10-12 and 13-17
When: June 27 - August 5 (weekly)
Where: University of Virginia (in-person)
Cost: $1129-$1479

Ix Art Park Summer Camps

Summer Camp returns to the Ix Art Park with three options - Art & Nature Camp, Creature Builder Collective and Stop Mo Series.


Who:

  • 3 to 5 year olds (Art & Nature Camp)
  • 6 to 9 year olds (Creature Builder Collective)
  • 10 to 13 year olds (Stop Mo Series)

When: July 11 - August 26 (weekly)
Where: In person
Cost: $400

KidsCollege@PVCC Summer Academies

KidsCollege@PVCC offers project-based exploration into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and arts areas.


Who: Rising 1st-12th graders

When: June 6-August 12; morning and afternoon academies

Where: PVCC Main Campus, Fluvanna County High School, Greene County

Cost: $99-$169

Light House Studio Summer Film Academy

Light House Studio offers a wide variety of summer workshops including stop motion, narrative, comedy, documentary, music video, and visual effects. A virtual option will be provided if three or more students request online participation.


Who:

  • Elementary (3rd-5th)
  • Middle school (6th-8th)
  • High school (9th-12th)
When: June 6 - July 1 (weekly)
Where: In person and online
Cost: $395

SAM’S Camp for Applied Engineering

Summer at Miller School (SAM's) Camp for Applied Engineering campers will experience engaging activities to solve real-life engineering design challenges, using everyday objects to model solutions to a problem. In addition, time each day will be spent working on a larger building project. Each project will help campers develop proficiency with tools, materials, and procedures.


Who: 6th thorugh 9th grade

When: June 27 - July 29 (weekly)
Where: In person
Cost: $350

STEAM Discovery Academy

STEAM Discovery Academy provides unique opportunities for students to experience science while encouraging them to learn how the universe works and to be creative, while developing innovative solutions.


Who: K through 8th grade
When: June 7-August 13 (weekly)
Where: In person and online
Cost: $255 (half day), $405 (full day), $350 (virtual)

Summer Camps at Virginia Discovery Museum

Virginia Discovery Museum offers week-long, half-day summer camps for children 4 and older provides opportunities for kids to gain confidence, make friends, and explore a range of STEAM-focused topics through creative and engaging hands-on experiences.


Who: 4-8 years old
When: June 13 - July 29 (weekly)
Where: In person
Cost: $250

UVA Brain Camp

UVA Brain Camp is a free day camp that aims to give highly motivated middle school students a fun hands-on experience and training in some of the most fundamental aspects of neuroscience.


Who: rising 6th through 9th grade who identify as members of underrepresented communities or are otherwise unable to afford traditional STEM camps
When: June 20-25
Where: In person
Cost: Free

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We are still waiting for 2022 updates from these programs. Please contact us if there are other summer STEM programs to add in and around Charlottesville or available online.


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curated by Tech-Girls

Tech-Girls was founded in 2012 by Kim Wilkens (aka Miss-Bit). Tech-Girls is all about empowering girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. We help girls imagine possibilities, discover their potential and create the solutions of the future! In 2015, Tech-Girls joined forces with Charlottesville Women in Tech, a 501c3 non-profit.