Summer Academic Opportunities

Academic summer programs are excellent enrichment experiences to build leadership skills and learn about new fields. These experiences can also be very helpful with career decision-making!  Meet new friends, and maybe get a sneak preview of life on campus.
Note: Programs may have scholarship help if you inquire. 

List compiled by: West Central Ohio Association for Gifted Children.   




Case Western University
Grades 6-12


Denison University
Be WISE Summer Camp

Girls entering grades 7- 8
Be WISE is a mathematics, science and technology camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women.  It is a residential camp held on Denison’s campus in Granville, OH.


Miami University
Youth Programs & Summer Opportunities
Elementary to High School
Summer programs in several interest areas including architecture, art, music, theater, and digital game design.


Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Business Week (OBW) 
Grades 10-12    
Columbus. OBW is an exciting weeklong summer program that gives eligible high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business and entrepreneurship. Students learn directly from the pros how to establish and run their own company. Hosted on a college campus, students are also able to experience what campus life is like and lay the groundwork for a successful future!


Ohio State University
Stone Laboratory 
Grades 9-12
Stone Lab’s one-week introductory courses provide students with a first-hand glimpse of life as a field researcher. Courses cover the physical and biological sciences and offer hands-on learning experiences ranging from capturing and preserving insects in Insect Biology to examining lake sediments and trawling for fish in the Oceanography class. Open to college and advanced high school students, these 3 quarter-credit courses are held throughout the summer.

Ross Mathematics Program 
Ages 14-18
The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those six weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

GRASP Summer Camp
Middle School Girls

The GRASP Summer Camp is a 5 day long day camp for middle school age girls hosted by the Ohio State University Department of Physics Undergraduate Studies Office in coordination with physics faculty, staff, and students. Each day consists of hands-on, interactive physics demonstrations and projects followed by a physical activity that shows how physics relates to everyday phenomena.

Wie Race Students
Grades 10-11
(will be offered again in 2015)

Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WiE) in The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, WiE RACE (Reaching A Career in Engineering) is a six-day, residential summer camp focused on engineering and engineering-related careers.

Wie Rise Women
Grade 12

Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WiE) in The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, WiE RISE is a six-day, residential summer camp designed to introduce female students to Ohio State's undergraduate engineering majors and related  career fields.


Ohio Northern University
Summer Camps


Purdue University
Women in Engineering


Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology
Operation Catapult
Grade 12
This chance "to go off to college" as a high school junior may be just what you're looking for. It even goes beyond the    classroom, giving you a peek into the realms of engineering and applied science through project work - projects you develop   yourself, along with your team.


Sinclair Community College
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Girls, Grades 10-12
The WI STEM institute is designed to allow young women to explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sinclair Community College WaterBotics  
Grades 6-12
STEM topics in the program include gear ratios and programming (math), buoyancy and forces (science), and engineering design and problem solving (technology).The curriculum is designed to satisfy the students’ need for knowledge as they apply the concepts in the project. There will be no one asking “Why must I learn this?”. The students will use the information immediately in a fun way thus learning information that will be used in the future as well.

Texas A&M
Women Exploring Engineering
Girls, Grades 11-12


University of Akron 
Women in Engineering
Girls, Grades 9-12   
Learn more about the exciting and rewarding fields of engineering.


University of Cincinnati
Women in Engineering and Applied Science
Girls, grades 9-12

(with demonstrated interest in mathematics and science)
This one week day camp will allow you to develop your creativity as well as provide you with the opportunity to meet and speak with working engineers and computer scientists.

Men in Engineering and Applied Science
Males, grades 9-12

(with demonstrated interest in mathematics and science)
This one week day camp will allow you to develop your creativity as well as provide you with the opportunity to meet and speak with working engineers and computer scientists.

Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders (TL2) 
Grade 10-12

Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders (TL2) is a highly selective, three week summer program for students in Grades 10-12. TL2 participants will learn to better understand Cincinnati's neighborhoods and economy, why jobs are scarce in some communities and abundant in others, why some jobs pay more than others, and how individuals from all backgrounds can become entrepreneurs and successful business owners.’s-learners,-tomorrow’s-leaders(tl²).aspx


University of Dayton
Summer Laureate Program Students
Grades 3-8

The Program, for high-academic achievers, allows students the opportunity to expand their knowledge within a university setting.  Sessions focus on a variety of topics including math, science, language arts and critical thinking.  Lelia C. Boyd, PhD.  513-753-9143

Summer Honors Engineering Camp
Grades 9-11

The University of Dayton's Summer Honors Engineering Camp offers hands-on projects allowing you to experience engineering. In these courses, you will have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art facilities and interact with our professional faculty and engineering students.

Women in Engineering Summer Camp Students
Grades 10-12

The Women in Engineering Summer Camp is a six-day residential camp for high school women entering either the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade.  Participants are immersed into the world of engineering through experiments, innovation modules, a day with industry, and dinner with an engineer.

Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men
Grade 12, Males from minority backgrounds
(who will be seniors in the fall, are U.S. citizens, and are currently enrolled in a college-preparatory program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.)

This weeklong camp will introduce you to career opportunities in engineering and technology with college-level classes and    exciting hands-on experiments. Academic coaches will help build the skills that you will need to ace the ACT and SAT. And you will learn about the college admission process, including how to select a college and apply for scholarships.  


University of Toledo
Camp Med

Grade 9
A two-day intensive summer educational experience for 9th grade students that stimulate interest in science and medicine.


Wright State University
Grades 10-11-12

One week residential programs offered in Anatomy and Physiology, Archeology, Communications, Creative Writing, Engineering, Forensic Science, Law, Nursing, Performance Theatre, Poetry, Science and Technology.

Residential Camps
Grade 6-9

Camps are offered throughout the summer. Participants live for one week in campus residence halls and are supervised by a trained residential staff, on-duty 24 hours a day. Camps are offered in Archaeology, Engineering, Computer Technology, Creative Writing, Leadership, Mathematics, Photography, Science, Television Production, Theatre Arts, and more.

Exploring STEMM
Grades 7-9

Students who are selected will participate in a variety of STEMM disciplines over a two day period. Students will spend one night on campus under the supervision of Residential Assistants.

Grades K-9

Summer enrichment courses at Wright State University are designed to stimulate your child’s creativity and enthusiasm for learning.

Kids on Campus
Grades K-6
Kids on Campus is a Saturday Academic Enrichment Program geared towards motivated students.


Youngstown State University
Summer Honors Institute

Grades 11-12
Crime Scene, Entrepreneurship, Musical Theatership, Engineering Design and more. Residential and commuter option for the week of June 16-20. March 7 application due date.





National Museum of the US Air Force
Aerospace Camps
Grades 3-10
During the summer, the National Museum of the United States Air Force offers 5 different week-long summer day camps with aerospace themes.  Base clearance is not required to participate in the camps.  Registration opens in March.


Air Camp
Grades 7-9
Air Camp is a brand new adventure in flight for middle school students, which takes place at the birthplace of aviation –The purpose of Air Camp is to inspire students to new heights of scholarship, leadership and citizenship, as they experience the wonders of flight and study the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) of aviation.


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Summer Discovery Camps

Grades Pre-K to 8
Building, thinking, experimenting and creating are the basis for activity-packed classes designed to nurture creativity, teamwork and kids’ interest in science.

iLead Workshops
Grades 7-10

Expand your horizons and discover the possibilities at Boonshoft iLead Summer Workshops.


Camp Invention
Grades 1-6 
One week STEM enrichment day-camps.


Camp Kern
Summer Camps

Ages 5-16
Between Cincinnati & Columbus. Camp Kern offers a variety of camps for students.


Cincinnati Museum Center
Day Camps

Ages 7-12
Summer break means learning and fun at Cincinnati Museum Center. Children immerse themselves in their favorite topic for an entire week. Summer Day Camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. (513) 287-7021


Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincy Nature Camp
Age 3-15
Cincy Nature Camps offer week-long, nature day camps which take place at Cincinnati Nature Center's two sites: Rowe Woods in Milford and Long Branch Farm & Trails in Goshen.                                                                                                                       


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare Summer Camp
Grades 6-12
Cincinnati. Shakespeare Summer Camp is a one-week theater day camp for middle school and high school students who want to learn more about the art of theatre.  Campers work with members of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Acting Ensemble, learning acting, stage combat, movement, and text analysis for the actor.


Cincinnati Zoo
Summer Camps

Age 4-12
The zoo offers a variety of full-day and half-day, week-long camps. If you are looking for a fun, safe, and educational camp during summer break the Zoo's got it! All Zoo Camps are age-appropriate and are guaranteed to be a WILD time.


The Country School Farm
rades 6-12
Holmes County, Ohio. This is a residential summer experience in Ohio for children who love animals and the outdoors.  Students participate in the day-to-day life of a real farm.


Dayton Art Institute
Mini Art Camp
Grades Pre-K and K
Let your child explore, learn and create! Young artists will explore museum galleries, learn new and exciting things about art and create masterpieces of their own during a week of half-day camps.  Mini-explorers will create 2D and 3D art with paint, clay, paper mache and much more. Campers will also read stories and visit the Experiencenter, a space devoted to young learners.

Youth Art Camp
Grades 1, 2, and 3  
Full day camps exploring a variety of art topics

Youth Camp - Special Topics
Grades 4, 5, and 6 
Full day camps exploring a variety of art topics.

Art Intensives
Grades 7, 8, and 9  
This is an in-depth exploration and training focusing on one medium each week including drawing, painting, and jewelry.


Dayton Jazz Orchestra
Miami Valley Summer Jazz Camp
Grades 6-12
Kettering. Meet new friends; improve your jazz music knowledge & skills; and make beautiful music by joining about 100 Miami Valley Middle and High School Student Musicians.


K12 Gallery Dayton
Summer Art Camps

Grades K – 12
Week long summer art camps are held Mon-Fri from 9:30 – 3:30. Each day includes two art classes and a field trip to observe artists at work in our community.


Mad Science
Mad Science Camp

Ages 5-12 
Cincinnati & NE Ohio.
Children will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and engaging demonstrations. They will bring home "make and take" projects each day for additional learning and experimentation.


Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Leadership Institute
Grades 1-12  
Kelly’s Island.
The camps are leadership-based camps packed with leadership building activities, lively sessions, and recreational activities specially designed to build, enhance, and develop leadership skills.


Ohio Foreign Language Associaton

Grades 4-8
Near Mansfield, Brinkhaven, OH. Camp OFLA is an elementary foreign language camp. Younger students choose Chinese, German, or Spanish.  Seventh and eighth graders may choose between French and Japanese.  Activities include Language learning, ethnic cooking, dancing, singing, sports, arts and crafts, campfires, games and swimming.


Ohio Supercomputer Center
Young Women’s Summer Institute

Girls, grades 6-7
Columbus. Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI) is a week-long program sponsored by Ohio Supercomputer Center for middle-school girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills as well as provide hands-on experiences.


Summer Stock Kids & Broadway Studio Teens
Theatre Camps

Ages 8-12
Dayton. Directed by Adventures In Theatre instructor Jene Rebbin Shaw, Summer Stock Kids is a summer theatre camp which culminates in a production that is totally produced by Jene and the kids - sets, costumes and props. And considering that the kids are ages 8 – 12 the challenges are great but oh, so rewarding for the young performers as well as family and friends.


Sunrock Farm
Summer Camp

Ages 5-11
Wilder, KY. Sunrock is a hands-on educational farm in offering summer day camps.  Students will have opportunities to work with animals, help with farm chores, plant and harvest vegetables, and participate in recreational activities such as craft projects, games, and music.


Sunwatch Indian Village
Summer LORE Camps

Ages 4-14
Dayton. SunWatch offers an exciting and diverse array of Summer Camp offerings, suitable for children of all interests and ages.

Super Saturday Program
Ages 4-14
Cincinnati. The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually gifted children at  the University of Cincinnati Victory Parkway Campus in Walnut Hills.


Taft Art Museum
Summer Camps

Grades 3-12
Cincinnati. The Taft Museum of Art offers exciting studio sessions as campers discover art through gallery tours and hands-on activities. Campers will look at, think about, and create art inspired by the Taft’s collection and the special exhibition Photographic    Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Each week-long session culminates with an exhibition organized by students and staff for family and friends.


Young Women Writing for a Change
Girls, Grades 4-7
Teens, Grades 8-12
Kimbolton, OH. Classes for young women are open to girls entering grades 4 through 7, and to teens entering grades 8 through high school.   All classes and camps for girls and teens use the art of writing and other modes of artistic expression to enhance self-esteem and build skills in creative self-expression. Participants learn to receive and give honest support and encouragement, build and keep community, and identify role models who inspire creative life choices.




Materials Camp

Grades 11-12
Various US locations ASM Materials Camp® Student Camps are for high school students with strong abilities in math and science who have completed their sophomore or junior years. There's a lot to do at ASM Materials Camps, and best of all, it’s free. ASM International is a materials science and engineering society where materials users, producers, and manufacturers converge.


Children's International Summer Village (CISV)
Ages 11-18


Junior National Young Leaders Conference 
Grades 6-12

Junior State of America Summer Institutes on Leadership and Politics
Grades 8-11

Junior State of America
3-week Summer Schools
See website for ages/grades

National Young Scholars Program (NYSP) 
Grades 3-5

People to People  
Grades 4-12

Presidential Classroom 
Government, Politics, Research
See website for programs, ages/grades

United States Senate Youth Program   
See website for programs, ages/grades
(Two students from each state)
Education • Leadership • Public Service

Society of Women in Engineering
See website for programs, ages/grades





Ohio Association of Gifted Children

NAGC Summer Opportunities

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