How to Choose the Best STEM Summer Program For Middle School Students

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When you have a middle school student, the summer months can be instrumental in preventing summer brain drain and continuing your student's education. However, keeping their minds engaged can be fun, too. STEM summer programs for middle school students are the perfect mixture of fun and educational engagement. Since choosing from the myriad of options is often a daunting task, follow these three tips to find the ideal program for your middle schooler, whether they’re a writer extraordinaire or budding scientist.

1. Look for a program that sparks passion

Whether your middle schooler loves completing engineering homework every night or is constantly reading, finding a summer camp that focuses on their passion will make for a fun summer. Academic STEM summer camps are far from the summer school of your youth. Instead of worksheets and textbooks, your child will get to complete hands-on experiments and explore traditional subjects like science, language arts, and math through a new lens.

Your coder will love exploring the up-and-coming world of artificial intelligence and machines in our AI & Machine Learning camp. They’ll learn how to teach computers to play games and find patterns using advanced algorithms and programming. If your child prefers the classic written word, let them hone their reading and writing skills at the Heroes, Myths, and Legends camp.  While creating folktales and fantasy stories, they’ll also be developing their creative writing and grammar skills.

2. Choose a camp that sets your child up for success

Summer can be the perfect time to set your child up for success in middle school, especially if they struggled with certain subjects during the school year.  Summer tutoring camps can help them catch up on material in a low-pressure setting. Regardless of what your child needs a little extra help with, summer tutoring at Stratford Schools is the ideal way to gain that extra edge as they go into sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

Alternatively, if your child is gearing up to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) next year, our HSPT prep course will provide them with the tools they need to excel on the test and get into their high school of choice. Using individualized instruction, summer HSPT prep courses at Stratford are a great resource for your child.

3. Find a camp that teaches your child to solve real-world problems

It’s never too early for your middle schooler to start thinking about and tackling problems that people are facing outside of school. I2 summer camps at Stratford are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn science concepts through creative, real-world situations.

If your child is addicted to true crime shows, they can become a member of a crime scene unit at Stratford’s Crime Scene Investigation camp. They’ll learn how to analyze a crime scene, gather evidence, and review data. Has your child expressed their desire to cure cancer? Get them started down that path at our Combating Cancer camp, which teaches attendees about using targeted therapy to find new cancer treatments.

Summer should be a fun and relaxing time for middle schoolers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep their brains engaged and learning over the break. Set your child up for success in the coming year by enrolling them in a STEM summer program for middle school students and allowing their inner writer, scientist, or mathematician to flourish! Check out all the middle school summer programs that Stratford School has to offer.