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Resources List: PK-12 Educators

Summer STEM opportunities!



* FREE! IHC G.E.M.S. Camp

Advanced Technology Center, IHCC, Ottumwa Campus
June 22-23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.The 2017 G.E.M.S. Camp is open to: Female students finishing the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. Free to first 50 girls who RSVP with registration. G.E.M.S. is designed to motivate females to use their skills and cultivate their interest in STEM areas.More info:
* FREE! Physics & Astronomy Summer Camp June 12-23, 2017.
Join us this summer for two weeks of fun and exploration, as we engage in creative activities and learning experiences generated by thinking about the universe and its history. Using data from Hubble Space Telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and our own observations, we will try to estimate the age of the universe, following the techniques used by professional astronomers. We will look through the telescopes at the Drake Municipal Observatory, experiment in the physics lab at Drake University and learn about the story of the universe.
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* FREE! Saydel STEM Summer Camp

Free! Fun! Engaging! Hands-on! Field Trips! Projects! Breakfasts and Lunch Provided!

Students can participate in as many of the camps as they desire. Register online or request a form by contacting Joshua Heyer at: Phone: 515-265-3451 ext 2211; E-mail:
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CSI: POLK COUNTY; June 8th –June 12th

Mission To Mars; July 13th –July 17th

Do the Zoo: Saydel’s Wildest Adventure; August 10th –August 14th

Graceland University Science & Technology Camp

(Financial Assistance and Scholarships available)

May 30 – June 1, 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Resch Science and Technology Hall
$25 for individuals or $40 for family (checks payable to Graceland University)Students entering 5th – 9th grade in the fall of 2017. Lunch included in registration fee.
Questions: Contact Kevin Brunner by phone 641.784.5175 or email brunner@graceland.eduTo register send form with payment to:
Complete and send in this form:
Send to: Kevin Brunner
Resch Science and Technology Hall
Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
Blank Park Zoo Safari Camps


Ages 3 years through sixth grade.

Learn about all the different animals of the Blank Park Zoo, fun activities and meet some new friends! Half-day option is available for ages 5 and 6 year olds. For children ages 13 to 17 years, the Blank Park Zoo is offering Zoo Crew! Zoo Crew members can volunteer in a variety of areas at the zoo. For pricing and info, visit


Brenton Arboretum Perseid Party


August 12, 2017 from 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Non-Members Fee: $5.00/car; Members: Free
Bring your family, your blankets, and your midnight snacks (or even a bottle of wine!) to watch for up to 100 meteors per hour in one of the darkest places in the greater Des Moines metro. Glow games will keep you entertained while we wait for the star show to peak around midnight. (The Arboretum will close at sunset, as usual, and will re-open for visitors to arrive any time between 10:00 and midnight.)
Camp Invention

Grades K-6.

Cost $230 for 9AM-3:30PM day camp.

Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

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Central College STEM Workshops


Central College hosts three camps for students ages 8-12 this summer. The day camps are focused on sustainability (Let’s Talk Track/Positive Energy/Fun with Food) and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will learn from expert faculty and staff who lead the college’s forward-thinking initiatives. Transportation to and from each camp is available for Des Moines students at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. More info at


DM Social Club

June 5-9

Half-day Robotics and Machine Makers Camp and Robotics and Super Structures Camp are for ages 5-8. $175. More info at:


DMACC Kids College


June-July. From auto mechanics to robotics, students in grades 6-9 train like the professionals do. Camps offered at all locations; fees vary.

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Indianola Parks and Rec Rocketry Class June 26-30 from 9AM-noon

Have you ever wanted to see a rocket launch up close? Well, now you can – and you reecan even build your own! In this week-long class, participants will build two of their own flyable rockets while they learn about how rockets fly and how to calculate the altitude their rocket reaches. On the last day of class, it’s “GO for Launch!” as we will fly all our rockets from our own Mission Control Center. Instructor David Dubczak is a computer and technology teacher at the Middle school, and a space and rocketry enthusiast who has also spent time as an educator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

11-16 year-olds; $99/$104

ISU Engineering Kids


Dozens of offerings that change each year based on program priorities, donor stewardship, and college priorities. Check out these June-July opportunities. For ages 6-11; cost varies; half- and full-day available.




Mad Science Week-Long Camps


June 5-August 17; PreK-5. Varied locations and prices.

Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. We use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy our learning environment. Campers create, build and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects the world around us.


SCI Summer Camps

June 12 – August 18From creating chemical concoctions to studying the science of flight – there’s always more to explore with SCI Summer Camps! SCI offers week-long camp experiences for students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. AM camps run 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; PM camps run 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Click here to learn more:

St. Teresa’s STEM Camps Check out 5 incredible camps in the month of June. The focus is 3rd-8th grade. Choose from innovative workshops, like STEM through Art, Designing a Windmill/Wind, Design, Build and Program a Robot, Now You’re Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens, and Design and Modeling.

9AM-noon; $125/workshop.

For more info, visit


Sylvan Learning

STEM/Academic Camps and Workshops from June 5 – August 11. K-8When school’s out, Sylvan’s in! If you’re looking for ways to introduce your child to new and fun experiences, our camps and workshops not only engage the mind, but are designed to have a lasting impact outside the classroom.

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Urbandale Parks and Rec STEM Camps


Grades K-12

From coding to creek walks, there’s a STEM camp for every interest. Opportunities run from June-August and cost varies. For more info, visit


WDM Youth Tech Explore a variety of stimulating science subjects! You have the option of signing your child up for one of the morning sessions, one of the afternoon sessions, or both! If your child is staying for the whole day, there will be lunch and recess between the two sessions. Food is not provided, so please have your child bring a sack lunch. If weather permits, recess will be outside, so please put sunscreen on your child before the program. For students entering grades 1-7


Youth Code STEM Camps & Workshops


The Hour of Code and Maker Workshops are free. The summer camps are Scratch computer coding and Robotics using Scratch and Finch robots and cost $75 for 4 half-days. Visit: for details.


SC STEM Hub Inventory

If you’re a formal or informal educator, the following items are available for checkout through the SC STEM Hub. Please contact Dr. Sarah Derry at to find the perfect resource for your students.

SC STEM Hub Inventory-at-a-Glance as of October 2016

SC STEM Hub Inventory-at-a-Glance as of Aug 2014 SC STEM Hub Inventory-at-a-Glance as of October 10, 2016


Free STEM Resources for Educators and Parents

FREE Online Quiz–Find Your STEM-Job Type: Hosted by Sign up for their online newsletter, too.

FREE Classroom Resource for Engineering Activities

FREE credits for high school students: DMACC IT courses

Elevate Iowa Educator Resources: Request a speaker or schedule a field trip to learn about Advanced Manufacturing in Iowa

Vital Signs: Researched-based statistics and facts promoting STEM education

Iowa STEM Evaluation Results: Is this initiative working? We think so, but judge for yourself. This link is full of stats and facts.

The Laboratory Safety Institute: Ensure lab safety with LSI training and services.