Programs for K-12 students

Each year, Bradley University STEM Education faculty and students engage in informal STEM education outreach programs for youth in our community. This outreach touches hundreds of local primary school students each year.

Building Excellent Scientists For Tomorrow Summer Internship Program

The Building Excellent Scientist for Tomorrow (BEST Program) is for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-based areas. The program runs from June 4 to  August 2, 2019. *This is not a residential program.  The program is run by Continuing Education in conjunction with the Center for STEM Education. Interns research in labs throughout the Peoria area for a required total of 150-300 hours for the duration of the program. They work side-by-side with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process. Interns will also receive additional training in science methods, research ethics safety and related topics in a three-day long orientation at Bradley University. Students must be at least 15 years of age to apply. For more information about the 2019 application cycle, please download and read the following application. If you have questions, contact Dr. Sherri Morris at sjmorris@fsmail.bradley.eduScreening of applications will commence March 18, 2019.

*This is not a residential program

Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow: Developing Medical Researchers through Bradley University's Summer Clinical Research Internships for High School Students  (CREST)

High school and college students participating in the  program spend a summer working on a clinically relevant research project under the direction of a mentor. In addition, students participate in enrichment activities that help them develop the skills needed for clinical research, such as introduction to bioethics, protection of human subjects, scientific writing and experimental design.  For more information contact Dr. Sherri Morris at Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2019.  

4G Camp, Gadgets, Games, Girls, And GENIUS! 

A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for Girls

Open to girls entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  Dates to be determined shortly. Come explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through daily field trips, hands-on activities, and group projects. This weeklong camp will provide job shadowing, workshops, and teambuilding exercises. Imagine the possibilities of future careers in this exciting field! The Camp is partnered with Bradley University Center for STEM Education, Greater Peoria EDC Workforce Alliance, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Illinois Infomatics Institute and University of Illinois Extension.

For more details about this unique experience go to our website at

University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Bradley University, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council sponsor this camp.

Registration fee $175, limited number of scholarships available. Contact University of Illinois Extension, Peoria County Office for more information regarding scholarships (309) 685-3140  

World Of Wonder

Serves 1st through 8th graders please see

Opportunities with NASA

NASA offers hundreds of paid summer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines from engineering and science to technology, business, and finance.

Click the link below to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application.  The deadline is March 15.

Summer Camps

The Society of American Military Engineers is offering summer  Engineering and Construction Camp opportunities for high school students. All camps are a full week long and the kids are continuously supervised (day and night).  Meals, lodging, and all activities are included in the registration cost.  The camps offer LOTS of hands-on activities for kids to learn engineering and construction principles.  In addition to the technical focus, the programs also emphasize team building, leadership skills, and having fun!

Chem Contest

As a means of encouraging students to pursue further studies in science, Chem Contest is an annual event during which some 300-500 high school students compete on a written test of chemical knowledge, and at the same time, Bradley faculty interact with the high school teachers, and facilitate discussions on the subject of teaching chemistry. Following the test, students view an educational chemical demonstration show. This event is co-sponsored by the local section of the American Chemical Society.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way is a national not-for-profit organization established to make current middle and high schools and their students more aware of the role engineers play in the workforce and the academic requirements necessary to qualify for entrance into a undergraduate collegiate program. The College of Engineering and Technology has partnered with Project Lead the Way to implement a sequence of pre-engineering courses in selected high schools.

ASM Materials Camp

High school students gain real-world experience and an increased understanding of metal materials during the ASM Materials Camp. The camp offers four workshops on microstructure analysis, materials processing, mechanical properties of metals and failure analysis. 

STEM Resources for High School Students: Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science

Are you a high school student looking for more STEM opportunities? The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) works with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA to recruit eligible high school students for research and professional development opportunities. Simply fill out an application and they will help find and send you information on programs that are compatible with your interests. IBP also has opportunities available for undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral students. For more information and the application, please visit