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Now is the time of year to be thinking of summer science programs for teachers as well as students. I have gathered a sample of programs that are available.

PAN Free Residential Summer Program
The Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential summer program for science teachers and high school students is now accepting applications for summer 2012. PAN participants will learn about scientific research in nuclear astrophysics at National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and conduct their own experiments. Teachers can earn continuing education credit for this program. The teacher program will run from July 30 – August 3, and students will follow from August 6-10. Applications are due by April 30. Learn more and online application.

Free Summer Programs at Perimeter Institute
Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), is accepting applications for free summer science camps for students and teachers with a keen interest in modern physics. All expenses are paid for those applying within Canada. For detailed information regarding these camps, please visit
The International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP)
July 12 – July 28, 2012
Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
EinsteinPlus Workshop for Teachers
July 8 – July 14, 2012
Application Deadline: May 2, 2012
A Sizzling Summer of STEM Camps at Northern Illinois University
NIU offers a variety of day and residential summer camps for students entering grades 1 through 12. From the STEM Outreach camps that offer everything from the science of roller coasters, art, or the environment to NIU’s camps in game design, creative writing, and film, there’s sure to be something of interest for every young learner.
Engineering Amusement: From Roller Coasters to Cotton Candy for campers entering grades 5-8. June 17-22.
Camp Invention (Day Camp) for campers entering grades 1-6. June 24-29.
Exploring Nature: Habitats and the Environment for campers entering grades 7-9. July 8-15.
Exploring Science through Art for campers entering grades 7-9. July 8-15.
Environment and Sustainability for campers entering grades 9-12. June 24-29.
Learn more about camps from STEM Outreach and other STEM departments and find out how to register

For more information on applying to the residential camps, contact Mark Pietrowski, College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences External Programming at
(815) 753-1456 or
Destination Science
Crazy Coaster Science & Sea-fari Park – All new for 2012.
Rocket Powered Mars Expedition – All new for 2012.
Robo Dragon Extreme Techno Challenge – All new for 2012.
Wild Extreme Physics Fun – Back by popular demand.
Leaders in Training – For Grades 7th to 11th (entering next fall).

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school.

Sally Ride Science Camps

NASA offers several programs.

University of Rochester offerings:

The Empire State STEM Learning Network lists programs available during school breaks.

The Johns Hopkins University  Center for Talented Youth offers a list of programs.  I did a spot check and the list seems to be current.

Summer Camps & Summer Programs for Students at Colleges in NY State for Kids and Teams 8 -18+ is a searchable list.


My blog, Pat’s Picks for STEM Educators. has moved  to  Please draw my attention to any problems you may encounter.

While waiting in a doctor’s office, I had an interesting conversation with a remedial math teacher.  He feels strongly that students must master the basics by 3rd grade.  Working with flash cards is not the most exciting thing to do. If you can disguise drill as a game it becomes more interesting.  I did some snooping and found some games that drill on math concepts but are also fun.

 Aplus math games offers MATHO, a combination of math and bingo, hidden pictures, and concentration among others.

 Cool math games offers number twins, math lins and jigsaw puzzles, among others.