Educational Summer Camps: STEM, Reading, and Writing

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!

Featured Camps: Summer Science Camps from the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Summer is supposed to be fun… and at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, campers will have the best summer… EVER!

Whether you’re looking for a messy experience, a camp with a magical fairytale twist or want to explore engineering, we have the session for you!

Campers will gain confidence and feel as if they rule the Museum after spending time with our highly-trained staff. Each day is scheduled to maximize learning time, while also giving campers that chance for independent play, time on the Ropes Course Challenge and more!

Themes include: Ocean’s of Fun, Encanto’s Garden, Magical and Messy, Game-On, ‘Tween Farm and Town, Over the Moon, Planes/Trains/Autos, and Animal Adventures.

Additional Educational Summer Camps in Terre Haute

  • MATH ENRICHMENT. Mr. Fischer (Honey Creek MS math teacher) will be offering a summer math program for students in grades 5-9 this summer. The program will begin July 8, 2024 and end July 26, 2024. The class schedule will allow for two separate divisions: Incoming 7th, 8th & 9th
    graders will meet from 9-11:30. Incoming 5th & 6th graders, 12:00 – 2:30. Topics
    covered will be based on Indiana Standards. Materials will include Warm-ups,
    Indiana Math League type problems, Olympiad type problems and a wide variety
    of problem-solving strategies. This class is geared for students who want to build
    and improve on their problem-solving skills. Classes will meet at Honey Creek MS. Free!
  • Summer Day Camps at Montessori Academy of Terre Haute.  Day camp for ages 3-8 fostering communication, collaboration, confidence, critical thinking, and creativity. Kids will have fun and make new friends, all while building their skills in these five key areas. Bonus movie nights! On select Fridays this summer from 5-8 pm, children ages 3-10 can join for a movie night! Montessori Academy will provide snacks and a themed craft related to the film. Parents—here is your opportunity for summer date nights!
  • Summer 2024 University Connections Summer Program. University Connections is an in-person summer adventure, offered to students currently in grade 2-5, free of charge. The nine-day program at Indiana State University (ISU) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., replaces Math Magic Writing Wonders held at Woodrow Wilson.
  • Camp Invention at Ivy Tech Community College. Give your young innovator an inspiring, action-packed summer adventure! Exciting, hands-on challenges will spark curiosity and build their confidence as they jump into limitless STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fun with opportunities to imagine, experiment and create.
  • Connecting with Code at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Two options! Freely available online videos. The online version takes place in your home. You register (for free) to get added to the online camp mailing list. The camp consists of videos that you receive by email each camp day with a follow along Scratch or Python coding program. Option 2 is face-to-face on campus camp. The face-to-face version 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 (Monday-Friday). The younger students / less experienced coders learn Scratch and meet 9am-noon and the middle school students / more experienced coders learn Python and meet 1pm-4pm each weekday. The material in the face-to-face camp is the same material as the online camp. We don’t use videos though, we do a live presentation of the material in the first 90 minutes, then spend the next 90 minutes (after a short snack break) doing self-selected enhancements to the code with Rose-Hulman student mentors helping to guide your child’s progress. Students in the paid face-to-face camp will receive a free t-shirt to help them remember their time working with faculty and students from Rose-Hulman
  • Summer Science Camp at Indiana State University. The camp is open to children who will be enrolled in grades 2-6 for the next academic year (2024-2025). 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 and Space Science, and Environmental Education.
  • Free summer classes for high school students. Make your college goals a reality this summer with FREE courses for high school students at Ivy Tech! Whether you’re just getting started, almost finished, or somewhere in-between, these free courses can help!
  • High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply to participate in the Challenging Ambitions and Maximizing Potential or C.A.M.P. at The Woods program and earn two college credits! The program will be facilitated on the SMWC campus from June 3 – 7, 2024 (5 days) as a day camp program. This will not be a residential program this year. All participating students will need to be commuters. Students accepted into the program from outside the local area will need to plan for their own lodging and provide their own transportation to campus each day. Candidates will be selected and notified by April 10, 2024.

Special thanks to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum for bringing you this portion of our guide.  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!

2023 camps that are (so far) unconfirmed in 2024:

  • Summer camps at the Vigo County Historical Museum