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Free summer camp opportunities for K-12 students

Looking for a fun, educational summer camp your student will love? Fontbonne offers a variety of free summer programs in science, technology, arts and more. Take a look at what’s being offered for the summer of 2021 below, and let us know if you have questions!

Girls in Science

Dates: June 7–17 and June 21–July 1, 2021 (Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Eligibility: Middle-school aged girls

Girls-in-Science Summer Research Program brings 7th through 9th grade girls to Fontbonne University’s Department of Biological and Behavioral Sciences for two weeks. The program is developed entirely by women scientists in their respective fields to emphasize experimental design, critical thinking and research skills, including troubleshooting, among participants. Topics include genetics, animal behavior, microbiology and parasitology; spectroscopy and chromatography, water chemistry, and electrochemistry; and DNA genotyping, fingerprinting, and forensic entomology. Girls will also stain their own lab coats and experience a taste of college life while making friends from across the St. Louis area. Face-to-face experiences, if safe to run, will be limited; remote options will be widely available and will include routine, small group interaction with women scientists, data collection and (potentially) data analysis.

Questions? Contact Kelly Lane deGraaf at


Ethical Hacking Summer Camp

Dates: June 7–11, 2021 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)
Eligibility: High school students (must be grades 9–12) with access to an Internet-connected Microsoft Windows PC for installing and using cybersecurity software provided by the camp instructor. Registration is limited to 20 students.

This program at Fontbonne University is a one week, intensive virtual summer camp designed to develop the critical thinking skills needed for a career in penetration testing and cyber defense. Through several hands-on activities, games and competitions, students will learn about network and web security and how to think like an ethical hacker.

Questions? Contact Zahid Anwar at

Cyber Warrior Camp

Dates: June 14–18, 2021 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)
Eligibility: Open to high school students (limit 20 registrants)

This year’s virtual Cyber Warrior camp will introduce students to cybersecurity principles and safe online behavior. Students will learn to detect spam and phishing attempts and think like a hacker, in addition to becoming familiar with the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, availability and digital forensics.

Questions? Contact Guanyu Tian at


Dates: June 7–24, 2021 (Session 1), July 5–22, 2021 (Session 2)
Cost: Free
Mode: In-person
Eligibility: Varies, see below

Sports Camp (Monday – Thursday, 9–11 a.m.)
Children will work to maintain their therapy goals while engaging in fun and interactive activities with other students from around St. Louis. This camp is intended for children who were enrolled in kindergarten-8th grade in the 2020-2021 academic year. The camp will work to maintain current speech, language, pragmatic and fluency goals in a fun and competitive sports themed camp.

Theater Camp (Monday – Thursday, 12–2 p.m.)
Young thespians, directors and playwrights — your creative juices are needed! Join us for three weeks of theatre fun. This camp is for 3rd-8th graders currently working on fluency (stuttering), pragmatics and written expression goals. Join us as we create the greatest play of the summer while maintaining our progress in therapy goals.

Science Camp (Monday – Thursday, 12–2 p.m.)
Blast off into this fun science-themed camp that will blend science and exploration with maintaining speech, language, pragmatic and fluency goals for children grades 3-5.

LIT Camp (Monday – Thursday, 9–11 a.m.)
Get fired up about literacy in our LIT for Reading camp, where children will maintain their previous therapy goals in an interactive and enjoyable way. This camp is intended for children who were enrolled in 2nd-3rd grade for the 2020-2021 academic year. The camp will focus on strengthening the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension through hands-on activities that make reading fun.

Questions? Contact

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