Story by Ellyce Hill, Strategic Communications Intern, Summer 2023
School is out and summer is in! While the break can be a time to relax and recharge it’s important that your child doesn’t lose valuable skills gained in the school year. Oklahoma has a wide array of summer activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. From robots to coding, students have a chance to ignite their curiosity and help them build essential skills for the future.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education offers FREE Summer Academies! Spend time at an Oklahoma college or university during the summer and discover the fascinating worlds of robotics, architecture, construction, engineering, environmental conservation, and much more! Students entering 8th-12th grade can apply. Find more information on the OKCollegeStart website.
STEM Summer Academies at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics OSSM in Oklahoma City offers summer academies focusing on different STEM subjects. These academies provide hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to work with faculty and professionals in STEM fields. Learn more at Oklahoma Schools for Science and Mathematics website.
Summer Engineering Academies at the University of Oklahoma
The Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma hosts summer engineering academies for high school students. These programs introduce participants to various engineering disciplines through lab activities, projects, and interactions with faculty and students. Learn more at Summer Engineering Academies at OU.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center Summer STEM Camps
Francis Tuttle organizes summer STEM camps in Oklahoma City for middle and high school students. These camps cover topics like robotics, coding, 3D printing, and electronics, allowing students to explore different aspects of STEM. Learn more at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center.
Summer STEM Camps at Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University offers summer STEM camps for middle and high school students. These camps focus on computer science, engineering, biotechnology, and environmental science, providing hands-on experiences and exposure to cutting-edge research. Learn more at Summer STEM Camps at OSU.
National Weather Center Summer Institutes
The National Weather Center offers summer institutes for high school students interested in meteorology and atmospheric sciences. These programs involve lectures, lab work, field trips, and hands-on weather and climate research activities. Learn more at the National Weather Center Summer Institute.
Moore Technology Center
Summer Youth Academy is open to sixth, seventh, or eighth-grade students for 2023-2024. Classes are scheduled to run during four different weeks in June from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Each week has different classes to select from. Moore Tech has restructured its classes to introduce students to potential career pathways. MNTC Summer Youth Academy is now career-focused to engage students and connect with a future career. Classes are taught by current MNTC instructors and include hands-on activities. Learn more at the Moore Technology Center.
Myriad Garden’s Guided Garden Tours
Oklahoma City’s Myriad Garden allows visitors to experience a unique and immersive experience. Led by knowledgeable guides, these tours provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the garden’s diverse flora, stunning landscapes and notable features. Learn more about Myriad Gardens.
OKC Summer Camp
The OKC Summer Camp provides a diverse range of engaging and educational experiences for children and youth during the summer months. These camps offer a variety of activities and programs designed to entertain, educate and foster personal growth in a fun and supportive environment. Learn more at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Oklahoma City College for Kids Program
The Oklahoma City College for Kids Program offers a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events designed to engage and inspire young learners in these fields. These events provide an interactive and hands-on learning experience, encouraging participants to explore STEM subjects in a fun and supportive environment. The program includes science experiments, technology workshops, engineering challenges and mathematics enrichment. Learn more at Oklahoma City College for Kids.
Riversport OKC offers a series of summer camps that provide adventure sports and outdoor recreation based in Oklahoma City. These camps provide children and youth with exciting opportunities to participate in various outdoor and water-based activities while promoting teamwork, skill development and a love for adventure. Learn more at Riversport’s Camps.
Sam Noble Summer Explorer Program
an educational and engaging summer camp offered by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, located in Norman, Oklahoma. This program provides children and youth with the opportunity to explore and learn about various scientific disciplines, natural history and cultural heritage through hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and expert-led sessions. Camps include paleontology, natural science and cultural heritage. Learn more about the Sam Noble Summer Explorer Program.
YMCA Camp Classen is a traditional overnight summer camp in the Arbuckle Mountains of southern Oklahoma. Classen Campers should be between the ages 6-16. They offer a variety of activities from archery and horseback riding to hiking and canoeing. Learn more at
Discovery Lab offers camps throughout the year to engage and educate children from pre-k through sixth grade. Fun, hands-on activities focus on science content such as chemistry, engineering, and coding. Ranging from a few hours to a whole week, your children will be excited to discover more at Discovery Lab. Learn more at the Discovery Lab.
Every 3rd Tuesday of each month the Oklahoma Aquarium hosts S.T.E.M. projects. Every first Tuesday of each month the Oklahoma Aquarium hosts a Sensory Awareness Evening. With low lights & quiet music parents and students can explore the Oklahoma Aquarium. Each month has a self-guided scavenger hunt with a prize for everyone that completes it! This event is free with general admission or Oklahoma Aquarium membership. Learn more at the Oklahoma Aquarium.
OSU Summer STEM Program
Oklahoma State University offers a program is designed to engage and inspire middle and high school students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through a variety of hands-on activities, workshops, and immersive experiences. Learn more about the OSU Summer STEM Program.
Tulsa Community College STEM Academy
Students will design, build, and test rollercoasters using these concepts, including computer simulations, 3D printing, and hand tools, with final presentations including a social media STEM Challenge. The camp culminates in a day at Frontier City, riding rollercoasters. Learn more at the Tulsa Community College For Kids.
Camp Cherokee 2023 Day Camps is an enriching academic experience for Cherokee Nation students entering grades 1-6 during the school year 2023-24. This program is for Cherokee Nation students entering grades 7-12. Then camp will include classes in the areas of STEM as well as cultural activities. Evening hours will provide time for recreation, enrichment, and large camp events. Students must have a Cherokee Nation Citizenship Card. Learn more at Camp Cherokee.
Peek Into Engineering Summer Camp
Seminole State College holds the Peek Into Engineering Residential Summer Academy, beginning July 23rd and ending July 28th. This camp is for rising 9th through 12th-grade students. Teams of students will design and assemble underwater remote-operated vehicles. Exciting activities will expose participants to aerospace, electrical, material, mechanical, and bio-engineering. Learn more at Peek Into Engineering.
Oklahoma Department of Libraries Online Summer Skills Camp
Stuck inside? The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has created an online camp that allows students practice their math, science, and writing skills. Find out more on BrainFuse HelpNow or reach out to your public library.
Reach out to your local library or visit Brainfuse HelpNow on their website.