STEM Discovery Lab Summer Youth Programs

Three high school women looking at a computer in the STEM Discovery Lab

This STEM Discovery Lab will be offering several science, technology, engineering and math learning programs during the summer.

The programs provide an opportunity for children to learn STEM core concepts and practices in a fun and hands-on environment with engaging activities that help students experiment, collaborate and be creative.

Design Make Code will be offered this summer in collaboration with community partners. If you are an organization that serves youth and would like to find out more, please contact Emily Kerr.


In this program, students engage in exploratory activities to design and prototype their own computing and engineering inventions. Focusing on collaborative project work, students learn how to design interactive stories and animations in Scratch, build creative electronics with littleBits, and fabricate ingenious controllers with Makey Makey and construction materials.

This program is recommended for students new to coding.

Dates coming soon!


Students work in teams to build robots with Arduino brains using the Hummingbird Duo controller, electronics, and Scratch programming. Students combine art, design and engineering to improve their robots.

Recommended for returning students or students with some coding experience.

Dates coming soon!

Sponsored by the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation

This is a one-week summer program for students in grades 4 – 5. The cost for this session is $225.

Students learn how to think logically and creatively through fun games, challenging puzzles, and visual programming. They build and program robots to tackle mini real-world challenges. Students discover why computer science is exciting and how it helps in our everyday life through technological innovations. 

Dates coming soon!

Sponsored by Expanding Computing Education Pathways

This five-week summer program is offered to Manchester school district middle and high school students entering grades 6 – 12 in fall 2017. EXCELL in STEM combines pre-college English language and hands-on science, engineering, and computing.

Participants must be currently enrolled in or recently exited from English Language Learning support in their school.


Students conduct science experiments, solve computing and engineering challenges, and participate in STEM-focused field trips, all emphasizing inquiry, observation, analysis of data, and coding. STEM learning activities incorporate English Language tasks in academic reading and research, vocabulary building, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Offered Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | July 10-August 2
  • For more information contact Professor Michael Pugh, Senior Lecturer in English and EXCELL in STEM Program Director
  • Sponsored by the STEM Discovery Lab and the Manchester School District

Past sponsors include the Agnes Lindsay TrustSouthern New Hampshire Services, and the Manchester School District

Students will make personal connections to computing and computational thinking by creating mobile apps. Creative Computing Challenge Summer Camp for Girls will be held at the Portsmouth Career Technical Center.


July 10 - 14 
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Portsmouth Career Technical Center

What you'll do at camp...

  • Design and develop mobile apps based on your interest and community needs.
  • Have fun meeting new people and exploring new talents. 
  • Use the power of computing to solve real challenges.
  • Meet experts and learn more about exciting computing careers. 

Interested in the Creative Computing Challenge?

For more information contact:
Diane Canada, CTE Director
(603) 436-7100 ex. 2904

In partnership with the STEM Discovery Lab and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and NH EPScoR