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We’ve compiled a list of Fairs & Camps for Utah students to participate with other students around the state. These include competitions in environmental science, engineering & technology, and science in space. Find the competition that is right for you!

 

Utah STEM Fairs

 

Central Utah STEM Fair

CUSF is a state regional STEM competition affiliated with the Society for Science & The Public’s International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). As a committee, it is our goal to excite students about science by providing a venue where they can present and share the lessons they have learned in their classrooms combined with their own interests and discoveries.

Eligibility: The fair is open to 5-12 grade students in the following school district boundaries: Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch. Students who attend charter or private schools within the boundaries of these school districts and home-schooled students within the Wasatch Home Educator’s Network are also eligible to participate.

Harold W. & Helen M. Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming session of this fair will be held virtually.

Eligibility: Students in the Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Duchesne, Logan, Morgan, North Summit, Ogden, Rich, and Uintah districts, as well as charter, private (except St. Olaf and St. Joseph) and home schools in Davis and Weber counties, are eligible to compete for all special awards.

Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair

Eligibility: The annual Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair is open to science projects from students in grades 5-12. Projects can be performed by a single student or a team of up to three students for schools in the Beaver, Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, South Sanpete, Tintic, Uintah, Washington, and Wayne School Districts.

University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair

The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (formerly named SLVSEF) is an annual science & engineering competition for students in grades 5-12. Participation in science fair stimulates student’s interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions and critical thinking.

Eligibility: USEF is pleased to showcase the inquisitive nature and scientific discovery of some of the best and brightest young minds from the Canyons, Granite, Murray, North Sanpete, Park City, Salt Lake and Tooele School Districts as well as the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese.

 

Looking for science fair project ideas? Get inspiration at Education.com’s Science Fair Project Ideas page. Compiled by science teachers, professional scientists, and educational consultants, this web page offers thousands of K-12 project ideas and spans the entire K-12 spectrum.

 

 

STEM Camps

 

General STEM Camps

BYU Chip Camp

Location: Provo

Get Excited About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Do you like to solve problems and enjoy competitive challenges? Would you like to experience hands-on science activities, especially related to the semiconductor (computer chip) industry? The Micron Foundation and IM Flash sponsor a three-day Chip Camp at BYU for youth who complete seventh or eighth grade in 2017. An equal number of boys and girls will be allowed to participate.

Clark Planetarium Space Explorers Camp

Location: Salt Lake City

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer camp has been canceled.

Explore space and potential inhabitants with Discovery Gateway and Clark Planetarium. You and your fellow space explorers have discovered a new solar system! Use engineering, physics, designing models and the rest of the STEAM fields to learn about these new planets and their native inhabitants! Will they be friendly? Can these planets sustain human life?

Dell EMC Student STAR Program

Location: Draper

The Dell EMC Student STAR Program is a 4-day intensive workshop, designed to equip students with the tools needed to excel in both their academic and professional journeys. The four key areas central to every student’s success are communication, teamwork, life skills, and business acumen. As a bridge between higher education and Dell EMC, Student STAR will broaden the horizons of local college-bound students at no cost to attendees!

Discovery Gateway Summer Camps

Location: Salt Lake City

Discovery Gateway has an amazing selection of summer camps to keep your child’s gears turning all summer! Explore STEAM concepts with Discovery Gateway and its partners, Red Butte Garden, Samba Fogo, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and Clark Planetarium! Let your child discover the world and beyond with Discovery Summer Camps!

SLCO Library Summer Camps

Location: Various locations in North Utah

The Salt Lake County Library System is offering a variety of STEM summer camps at libraries throughout Salt Lake County.
The camps include robotics, aerospace, archaeology, and more!

SpyHop Summer Camps

Location: Salt Lake City

We have half-day and all-day camps, and we’re joining up with some amazing partners for the best summer camp mash-ups in SLC. Camps at SpyHop are for kids from age 9-19 and include The Nature of Gaming, Lights…Camera…Museum, Stop Motion Madness, Girls Only: 2D Animation & Game Design, and much more!

STEM Summer Day Camp

Location: Layton

In partnership with Weber State University, the YMCA is excited to offer this specialty Summer Day Camp to kids with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)! While these camps provide lots of opportunities for your camper to experiment, engineer, and explore- they also get to participate in a well-rounded camp experience focused on achievement, relationship, and belonging!

Summer Camps at the Leonardo Museum

Location: Salt Lake City

Every scientist, engineer, and artist need time and space to thrive. The Leonardo’s summer camps provide the perfect environment for your child to engage their curiosity, creativity, and desire to create. From Leonardo’s inventions to Raspberry Pi, your child will spend the week designing, making, and doing!

SUU TECS Summer Camp

Location: Cedar City

TECS (Technology, Engineering, and Computer Science) Summer Camp is a 4-day camp designed for and open to high school students currently in their sophomore or junior years. Four camp track offerings include CAD/CAM, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, and Cyber Security.

University of Utah Campus Camps

Location: Salt Lake City

Weekly half or full-day (until 3 pm) STEAM-based classes designed to motivate and inspire youth to learn through hands-on experiences in a comfortable, fun, and inclusive environment. Our STEAM-based camps provide action-packed, hands-on experiences for participants ages 6–14. Check out the website to learn more!

Utah Valley University’s Youth Summer Camps

Location: Orem

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camps have been canceled or transitioned online. Check out specific workshops for more information.

Week-long camps for ages 7 to 18 years old. Camps include 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Astronomy, Biology, Video Games, Forensics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Programming, Robotics, Science, Scratch, Virtual Reality, and more.

Weber State University Camps

Location: Ogden

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, some summer camps have been canceled, others have been transitioned to a virtual format, and others have been postponed. Check out each camp for more information.

Weber State University offers a variety of STEM-related camps for teens throughout the summer.  Register for a variety of camps on coding, technology, sports, space, and college preparation, all available for registration.

Westminster AWE+SUM Camp

Location: Salt Lake City

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camps have been canceled or transitioned online. Check out specific workshops for more information.

The AWE+SUM Camp is a 4 day residential camp for girls who are entering the 8th grade the following fall. Girls stay in a residence hall at Westminster with numerous chaperones at night, and they are well-chaperoned during the day as well. The camp gives girls a chance to experience a college campus, with lots of fun activities: science and math hands-on workshops (see the following samples of past workshops below), swimming, and other on-campus activities. Not only do girls see that college is exciting and fun, but they also get to meet girls from all over Utah, plus some out-of-state girls, all while learning about interesting career options in science-related fields.

YMCA of Northern Utah STEM Camp

Location: North Utah

In partnership with Weber State University, the YMCA of Northern Utah is offering an exciting STEM Summer Day Camp. Staff will be teaching hands-on activities that promote youth to use critical thinking and engineering skills. Our STEM Camp also includes elements like physical activity, weekly field trips, and swimming. From weekly themes like Girls in STEM, Lego Robotics, Video Production, and more, your child is sure to have the BEST. SUMMER. EVER. Located at Weber State University Ogden and Davis Campuses.

 

Computer Science Camps

Code Changers Tech Camp

Location: Various Locations in Utah

Our four-day tech camps provide 12 high-quality STEM experiences for campers. Many of these experiences are powered by electronics and software that students can continue to work on throughout the year. Students will meet new friends, practice teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, and attention to detail! We have plenty of take-home projects and CodeChangers swag that goes home with each kid! This is a unique mix of online coding and hands-on technology activities that give students the opportunity to learn about coding and technology in a safe, self-paced environment.

Code Ninja Camps

Location: Sandy

Kids learn to code through our engaging game-based curriculum that boosts self-confidence and teaches teamwork, logic, and problem-solving. They gain vital skills while having a blast. That’s the Code Ninjas way! Build your very own video game from the ground up using your own artwork (or ours) combined with the coding skills that you learn at camp. Learn the basics of JavaScript in one week. Have fun playing games and learning to code.

Code to Success

Location: Various locations in Utah

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming summer camps have been moved to a virtual format, and the associated curriculum is now available online.

Code to Success, in partnership with Bottega, offers high school summer coding camps for incoming freshmen to recently graduated seniors – absolutely free to students.

USU App Camp

Location: Logan

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming summer camps have been canceled.

Are you in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade? Do you love technology? Have you wondered how to develop your own phone apps? Are you creative? Then this is the perfect summer camp for you! No prior experience is required.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo Code for Conservation

Location: Salt Lake City

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these camps have been canceled. Check camp-specific information to find out more.

Join us for Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s first-ever coding camp for beginners! Enjoy the full zoo camp experience with animal encounters and behind the scenes tours, while learning about the world of coding. Work with a partner to create conservation games through the visual block-based scripting language of the app TaleBlazer. Zoo computers and other technology devices will be provided for camp use.

 

Science Camps

BYU Chem Camp (Ages 9-12) and BioChem Camp (Ages 13-14)

Location: Provo

Have you ever wanted to speed up chemical reactions using catalysts? Do you want to isolate DNA? Do you want to learn about the chemistry of cooking? Have you ever wanted to perform experiments with proteins and DNA? Does making mutant cells and glowing proteins sound fun?

Little Beakers Science Camps

Little Beakers is the brainchild of Cinttya Morgan, a veteran of the materials chemistry and polymer engineering research fields with several truly innovative patents to her name. Cinttya attributes her success in the field to, simply, “having fun.” Her camps involve Chemistry and material science that kids will love!

Living Planet Aquarium Camps

Location: Draper

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the June summer camps have been canceled, and the July and August summer camps have not yet been decided. Virtual camps are being offered in place of in-person events.

Do you have a kid who is wild about animals? Is your tween a marine biologist in the making? Imagine giving your little scientist the experience of a lifetime at a Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Summer Camp. All our camps are full of animal encounters, behind-the-scenes access, and hands-on science learning. Camps run Monday through Friday and include a camp t-shirt, water bottle, and photographs. Registration now open!

 

Technology Camps

Hillcrest High School Robotics Camp

Location: Midvale

This program is geared towards elementary and middle school students and is taught entirely by students at Husky Robotics through our self-designed curriculum. Our summer camp is available to ages 5-6, 7-10, and 11-14. The 90% of all fees will go to the Husky Robotics Team to help pay for robot parts and costs associated with traveling to our regional competitions.

Utah State University Biotechnology Summer Academy

Location: Logan

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming summer camps have been canceled.

Biotechnology Summer Academy exposes high school students to the numerous career opportunities available in biotechnology. Students are mentored by USU faculty who work in various disciplines. The week’s activities include communication workshops, lectures and demonstrations, laboratory training, field trips, mentoring, and research. The program is an intensive five-day internship involving a biotechnology-related project. Faculty from several departments at Utah State University volunteer their time, talents, and labs to teach students and involve them in current research.

 

Engineering Camps

Astro Camp, Ogden School District

Location: Ogden

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming summer camps will either be canceled or moved to a virtual format.

Founded in 1991 by Ed and Lois Douglas, Astro Camp Utah provides opportunities for students to explore, discover, and imagine. Kids experience the excitement of invention and engineering while learning to work in teams, set goals, and take pride in their accomplishments. There are a variety of summer camps to choose from, for ages 4-15.

Camp Invention (K–6)

Location: St. George

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 a new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

Exploring Engineering Camps

Location: Salt Lake City

Due to the changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer camp has been moved to an online format.

Explore engineering in this three-day summer camp experience at the University of Utah Campus. Participate in technologies and activities that encourage the use of problem-solving skills. The camp will introduce you to chemical, electrical, civil, environmental, computer, mechanical, materials, and biomedical engineering through hands-on learning! Join us, along with other high school students, researchers, and college students from the University of Utah, College of Engineering.

LEGO Play-Well Engineering Camps

Location: Various locations in North Utah

For more information on COVID-19 accommodations for camps, check out the website.

Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures, and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.

University of Utah GREAT Summer Camp

Location: Salt Lake City

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, this camp is being canceled.

The GREAT (Graphics and Robotics Exploration with Amazing Technology) summer camps are aimed at students who want to unleash their creativity while learning about computer graphics, robotics, and programming by making games, animations, and robots. These engineering summer camps will be held in the Warnock Engineering Building (WEB) and Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) on the University of Utah campus. We have a number of programs available (please see the “Dates” tab for calendar and pricing information). Additional information is available by contacting the camp director David Johnson, at great@cs.utah.edu or 801-585-1726.

 

Math Camps

Utah Valley University’s Math Adventure Camp

Location: Orem

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer camp has been canceled.

Week-long sessions geared toward 4th through 7th-grade students are sure to spark interest in any student! Campers will engage in fascinating games and hands-on activities that will reinforce mathematical concepts, thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities. Half- and full-day offerings will cover game theory, rocket flight, video games, code-breaking, and more, with all the explorations designed to uncover the relevance of mathematics in daily life.

 

Girls in STEM Camps

 

eSmart Camp at DSU

Location: St. George

Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer camp has been canceled.
The eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) is a summer camp for girls entering the 8th grade started by the St. George, Utah chapter of the American Association of University Women to encourage our girls to reach high and love to learn so they can be anything they want to be. Dixie State University is our main partner and hosts the camps.

Girls Go Digital

Location: Various locations in Utah

Computer science and technology camp for girls ages 8–18. Learn how to hack, design, code, and make using technology and computer science. Any level of interest and experience is welcome. If you attended this camp last summer, no problem—we’ve added new classes and activities. From computer programming, microcontrollers, pixel art, digital photography, e-textiles, to web design, and more, we’ve got something for every girl! Girls are grouped in classes by age. Camp includes a free t-shirt and several take-home projects.

Hi-GEAR (Girls Engineering Abilities Realized) Camp

Location: Salt Lake City

The University of Utah, College of Engineering is pleased to offer our Annual Hi–GEAR Program, a special three-day online camp for female high school students. Hi-GEAR is designed to expose young women to a variety of engineering and computer science careers with hands-on experiential learning and collaborative team projects.

 

Have a fair or camp you want to see featured? Let us know! You can contact us or email us directly at stem@utah.gov.