GSU is once again sponsoring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) camps this summer for middle and high school students, ages 11 to 16 (mature campers ages 9 and above accepted with parental recommendation). Camps are held on two different weeks, and students may register for one or both sessions. Camp fees are $200 per child, per week.

Held in Governors State University’s newly renovated science labs in University Park, IL, since 2014 the camp introduces students to current topics in science, arts, career development and life on a dynamic and modern college campus.

GSU’s STEAM Camp provides an exceptional opportunity for today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators through extensive interaction with highly qualified faculty, business and industry volunteers and each other. Camp modules are taught by outstanding instructors and field practitioners and assisted by pre-service teachers, exceptional GSU students and alumni, and highly qualified volunteers from business and industry.

Activity tutorials, experiments, field activities, project-based learning, and presentation opportunities are organized on a fun and structured schedule, encouraging students to envision STEAM careers or greater knowledge of how STEAM might inform their lives. The hands-on nature of the camp activities challenge students to work together in a series of fun and thought-provoking team-based activities.

Included professional career guidance supported by community partner, Junior Achievement challenges students to begin thinking about careers that they may not be aware of, and help prepare students to think about and plan for the jobs of tomorrow.

STEAM Camp Week 1 runs July 15 to 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STEAM Camp Week 2 runs July 22 to 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Do you need additional activities from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday on camp days? STEAM Camp Plus is an additional program for campers that need to stay for a full day. It will run Monday to Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. with an additional cost of $60 per week.

Registration Information

Registration is not complete until parents or legal guardians complete and submit required forms and payment. 

  1. Students will be responsible for providing their own lunch, drinks and snacks or money to purchase lunch in the GSU cafeteria.
  2. Sections are generally kept to approximately 20 campers per week.
  3. Middle and high school students may register for one or both STEAM camps.

 STEAM Camp applicants must:

  1.  Meet the proper age/ maturity requirements (ages 11 to 16 - mature campers ages 9 and above accepted with parental recommendation)
  2. Have the application and supporting documents fully completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian
  3. Enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor experiences
  4. Enjoy working in a team-based structure on a variety of projects/ activities
  5. Be comfortable learning new things and meeting new people
  6. Be mature enough to follow directions and observe appropriate activity safety requirements.

Looking for a STEAM Camp for younger kids? Please see Prairie State College's STEAM Camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will teach the STEAM workshops? Camp workshops will be taught by GSU science faculty, graduate students, pre-service teachers currently enrolled in a GSU teacher preparation program, and volunteer instructors from local science and technology companies.
  • Where will workshops take place? Most workshops will take place in one of the newly built science labs at Governors State University. Some activities must take place outside, on GSU's campus as open space is required for the activity.
  • How does the camp differ from 2018 and from week-to-week? Curriculum and activities are designed to build upon what campers from prior years and sessions were exposed to, while not necessarily repeating the same activities from year-to-year or week-to-week, or leaving new campers behind.
  • What safety measure will be in place? Safety is of foremost concern. A safety video will be required viewing by all participants on the first day of camp. All participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes each day. Safety glasses and gloves will be provided to all participants as needed. Safety concerns and procedures for all labs will be fully explained before each lab. Campers are expected to exercise maturity and good judgement in their conduct.
  • Will the schedule be strictly followed? No, it is only a tentative schedule. There is one activity that must take      place outside. That activity will be planned according to the weather forecast.
  • How will participants be chosen? Participants meeting all requirements will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Are there any minimum grade requirements or specific math / science course prerequisites? No. The goal of the STEAM camp is to explore and increase interest in STEAM fields. We want the camp to be fun.

Learn more: download the camp flyer

Register/ Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of need-based partial scholarships for Governors State University’s Summer 2019 STEAM Camp are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents/ guardians and prospective campers may apply for scholarships for one or both weeks. Parents or guardians will be responsible for the remaining $25 per camper, per session camp fee ($50 if attending both sessions).

Scholarship awards are limited by supporting contributions and camp capacity. Please note that scholarships DO NOT include the cost of the optional STEAM Camp Plus, transportation to/ from camp, meals, snacks or incidental expenses.

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email.

The 2019 scholarship application is integrated into the registration system.

Register/ Apply for a Scholarship

Support GSU's STEAM Camp

Governors State University seeks community volunteer and financial support to address social, economic, and geographic disparities by attracting girls and under-represented minorities in the STEAM fields.

Volunteer with STEAM Camp

GSU’s STEAM Camp provides an exceptional opportunity for today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators through extensive interaction with highly qualified faculty, business and industry volunteers and each other.

Governors State University partners with alumni, local businesses, not-for-profits and exceptional individuals to provide general assistance, mentoring, and/ or STEAM field expertise (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in GSU’s Summer STEAM Camp for children ages 11 to 16, July 15 to 19 and July 22 to 26, 2019 at Governors State University in University Park, IL.

Volunteers should be interested in serving as a positive role model for and forming a positive connection with STEAM campers. Orientation will be held the week of July 7, 2019 at Governors State University. Volunteers should be able to pass a criminal background check.

Learn more: download the volunteer information flyer

Donate and Support STEAM Camp

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors! 2018 financial contributions supported 16 one-week STEAM Camp scholarships!

Governors State University is pleased to partner with regional industrial leaders Bimba Manufacturing, Biomass Energy Systems, Inc. (BESI), Solvay USA, community organizations Junior Achievement and the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium’s SouthWorks MakerLab Network and local governments including the Village of Park Forest.

Governors State University continues to actively seek individual and organizational donors of time, funds and other resources. Financial donations support camper scholarships, camp activities and materials, and GSU students working in the camp.

Learn more: download the fundraising flyer

For additional information about GSU's STEAM Camp, please contact: Luke Helm, steamcamp@govst.edu, 708.534.4088.