Educational Summer Camps: STEM, Reading, and Writing

In light of Covid-19, our 2020 summer camp guide has changed drastically. We’re sharing the information we have available with the understanding that a lot of camp plans have been paused and may ultimately be canceled. Please confirm details with event hosts before making your plans and support these local opportunities when it is safe to do so!

Just because school’s out in the summer doesn’t mean the learning stops! The low-pressure days of summer are a great time to gently boost your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. The best part? These local camps are so fun kids might not even realize they’re learning!

Summer Science Camp at Indiana State University

Summer Science Camp is open to children who will be enrolled in grades 2-6 for the next academic year (2020-2021). Children who enroll in the camp will be divided into two groups according to their next year’s grade level. This year’s camp will focus on Biology, Earth Space Science, and Environmental Education. Summer Science Camp 2020 will be held July 20- July 31. During this period, the camp will not meet on weekends. Most activities will take place on the ISU campus in the Science Building. However, field trips may take students off campus. The times of departure and arrival for the field trips may differ from the regular session time.

Summer Science Camps from the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

  • June 8-12 8 A.M. – Noon. Creative Construction Camp. Students in 3rd-6th grades will explore all the exciting aspects of construction: plumbing, electricity, building; and also use those materials to create steam punk art.
  • June 15-19 8 A.M. – Noon. Eco Earth Warriors. K-4th Planet Earth needs you! Did you know the water you drink is 4.6 billion years old? How can we protect our water and keep it clean? How does solar and wind energy work?
  • June 22-26 8 A.M. – Noon. Lotions and Potions. K-4th Create everyday items such as soap and lotions and experiment with seemingly magical potions as we discover how chemistry affects our lives.
  • June 29-July 1st 8 A.M. – Noon. Super Spies. K-4th Campers will use their observation, detective, and thinking skills to solve each day’s mystery.
  • July 8th-10th 8 A.M. – Noon. Engineering with Lego. K-4th “Race cars and bridges don’t build themselves. Campers will solve problems like a real engineer: designing, testing, and redesigning.
  • July 13-17 8 A.M. – Noon. More Culinary Concoctions. K-4th Cooking is a science. Mixing, blending, cook times, and choosing the right ingredients all influence the outcome.
  • July 8th-10th 8 A.M. – Noon. To Space and Beyond. K-4th. Come explore objects in our solar system and let your imagination soar as we investigate thousands of planets in our galaxy and beyond!
  • July 27-31 8 A.M. – Noon. Princesses Do Science. Age 4-Grade 2 Princesses have seemingly magical powers or special relationships with the forces of nature. Whether it is an erupting volcano, “magical” transportation or frozen wonders, you will step into their shoes and explore the wonders of their worlds.
  • July 27-31 8 A.M. – Noon. Animate, Create, and Innovate Camp. 3rd-6th How do you animate, create or innovate?  Students in 3rd to 6th grades will use Scratch to design their own game.
  • August 3-5 8 A.M. – Noon. Academy Awards of Summer Camp. K-4th.   Throughout the summer campers will vote for their favorite activity each week. All of their favorites will be presented during this camper’s choice camp.

Connecting with Code at Rose-Hulman

Connecting with Code is a series of camps that takes place on Rose-Hulman campus with Rose-Hulman faculty, staff, and students helping to get your son or daughter interested in software development. Each camp is 3 hours per day, lasting for 1 week M-F, plus a 1 hour Saturday showcase event (9am start for the morning group, 10:15am start for the afternoon group) with parents (which we jokingly called a final exam). Students can sign up for 1 camp, which last 1 week or multiple camps depending on their interest. Each camp will have a different focus and be targeted for either our younger age group (current 1st-4th graders) or our middle school group (current 5th – 7th graders). The 2020 CWC camp dates will be June 1st-6th, June 8th-13th, and June 15th-20th. Given the current climate of uncertainty with closures, we are asking parents to register (when it become open), but make no payments until May 15th.

Free Summer Learning from Vigo County School Corporation

The Vigo County School corporation is pleased to offer FREE summer school for grades K-5. July 27-August 7. 8 am-noon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided!


Special thanks to the ISU Community School of the Arts, ISU, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods college for sponsoring this portion of our guide.  These awesome local organizations help to keep our site FREE to readers like you! Please help us thank them for their support by visiting their websites, signing up for their summer opportunities, and letting them know that Haute Happenings sent you!

As always, typos happen and event details change. Please confirm with camp coordinators before solidifying your summer plans. Haute Happenings can’t be held responsible for printed errors or program changes, but we will celebrate with you if our info helped your family to have an awesome summer! 🙂

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