STEM Career Explorations - campers entering grades 10-12 - July 29-August 3, 2018

STEM Careers Camp gives high school students an opportunity to explore career options in several areas. NIU faculty and staff in several colleges and Career Services as well as local professionals will staff specialized tracks in 3D Design and Manufacturing, Coding, Engineering, Earth and Space Science, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Hacking, and Video Game Design. Campers will apply to the track of their choice and spend the bulk of the week with the smaller group of students who have also chosen that track. Evening recreational activities will involve all campers.

Campers can expect a fun and busy week as STEM career options open up before them! STEM Careers campers will experience dorm life by living in one of the newly renovated Gilbert Hall and in the dorm and the Blackhawk Cafeteria in the Holmes Student Center. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with professionals and students in many STEM fields throughout the day, including informally at meals. Evening activity choices include visits to Davis Hall Observatory, video game night, movie night, and outdoor recreational activities.

Campers will choose one of the following tracks:

  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Video Game Design

Engineering Careers

Campers will investigate the scores of engineering and related careers. Throughout the week, campers will learn “lean manufacturing” techniques and compete to establish the most efficient assembly line, learn to solder and then complete your own electronic device to take home, participate in design and construction challenges, and visit our engineering labs.

Health Careers

Campers will investigate what it takes to become physical therapists, clinical lab technicians, cancer researchers, audiologists, pharmacologists, biomedical engineers, doctors, nurses, and many other critical careers. Along the way, campers will interact with the simulated patients in the nursing lab, peer at organisms through the microscopes in the clinical laboratory, and meet students and faculty in health-related STEM disciplines. Faculty from the colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Education are participating in this track.

Science Careers

Science is a very broad subject, with many new and exciting areas of discovery. This camp will give students a fresh look at some of the different types of careers available in the ever-expanding field of research and experimentation. Campers will perform their own hands-on experiments and explorations as they collect and analyze the data on what career is right for them.

Video Game Design Careers

Are you interested in video games, animation, or 3D virtual worlds? Do you know that designing games is a team effort involving several types of artists, writers, and programmers, as well as the game designer? Sign up for the Video Game Design and Development track to try your hand at game design and learn about the various careers available.

Join us to use professional software to design and develop a playable video game. Campers will explore popular video games, learn the essentials of game design, develop a game story, create game characters, invent game goals and rules, storyboard game scenarios, design a game interface, and create sound effects to realize their games.  No prior experience needed, but those who have participated in our Game Design Day Camp will be able to use the week to advance their skills. Read NIU video game camp descriptions or for more information, call 317-762-8727 or email

This residential camp runs from July 29-August 3, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Swen Parson Hall, Room 146A
230 Normal Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public



$695.00 before 5/20/2018. $720.00 after 5/20/2018.

Center for P-20 Engagement, STEM Outreach
Contact Name

STEM Outreach

Contact Email or Phone or 815-753-0533

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