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STEM College for Kids

STEM College for Kids is for students ages 9 – 14 offering three daily sessions of “courses” featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while also including the Arts. College for Kids runs M-F from 9 AM-4 PM. Each day features a morning (9-11 AM), mid-day (11:45 AM-1:45 PM) and afternoon (2-4 PM) session for Juniors (ages 9-11) and Seniors (ages 12-14).

Student can enroll in College for Kids as “full time” or “part time” students. Full-time is three sessions per day for a week and costs $225. Part-time enrollment is available for individual week-long sessions which cost $75 each.

New 2016 Location! Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center

College for Kids will take place at NECC’s new affiliate location: Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center. Quarrybrook is located at 39 Roulston Road, Windham, NH 03087 and offers students access to 245 acres of natural space, including hiking trails, vernal pools, and historical artifacts. College for Kids courses will utilize a mix of indoor and outdoor space to provide students with hands-on, nature based learning in each of the summer’s courses!


Transportation to and from Quarrybrook will be available from the Northern Essex Riverwalk location in Lawrence for full-time students at a cost of $25 per week.

For questions or more information, contact the College for Kids staff at 978-556-3326 or e-mail College4Kids@necc.mass.edu


  • Session 1: July 11 – July 15
  • Session 2: July 18 – July 22
  • Session 3: July 25 – July 29
  • Session 4: Aug 1 – Aug 5

View a listing of this summer’s course offerings with course descriptions.

For registration information and to register, please download our Course Schedule and Registration form.

IMPORTANT: In an effort to assist with the registration process, please view the course offerings and descriptions on this page to see if any of the course description titles are marked as “FULL” so you will know in advance that a class no longer has seats available when registering your child(ren).

IMPORTANT: Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. Please note that, once a course reaches its maximum seat capacity of 20, it will be marked as “FULL” on the course description. If necessary, we will contact you to inform you that your child will need to select another course if one of the courses s/he selected is at full capacity at the time we receive your registration.

All classes are offered in English, so it is important that students enrolled in the program have an appropriate understanding of speaking, reading and writing English. Por favor, las clases son sólo en Inglés, por lo que es importante que los estudiantes/hijos hablan Inglés.

Once a student is registered, a letter will be mailed out to all parents/guardians that will include details of the program and the student/child’s schedule.

Course Offerings and Descriptions

Adventure Games

Students will play outdoor games and also focus on what makes games fun and playable (rules, characters, etc.). You will be able to design your own adventure game, perhaps a real-life version of adventuring console games using compasses and problem solving in nature.

Business Floral Designs

Work with flowers and learn basic skills in Floral Design. Have fun learning how to make corsages, fresh flower and dried arrangements. Transform your hobby to a real business!


Learn to draw your own unique cartoon character, story line, and cartoon strip!

Crazy Chemistry

Believe it or not, chemistry can be fun with this hands-on program. Explore the principles of chemistry as students blow up a balloon and make raisins dance, make environmentally friendly cleaners and bath salts, fire off a rocket, and blow blobber up like a balloon to name a few!

CSI Training

Do you want to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Learn some real forensic science techniques and solve exciting mysteries.


Build confidence in your drawing skills as we explore a variety of drawing tools and processes. We will create our own portraits, nature drawings, and illustrations.

Environmental Nature Crafts

Learn some plant botany and explore our natural living environment by taking an adventure walk outdoors to collect natural treasures to make a secret garden stepping stone, gemstone jewelry and more!

Environmental Testing

What’s in your drinking water? Learn how to test water and soil for contamination. Explore the outdoors and find common sources of pollution.

FIT Math

How many calories will you burn doing 18 jumping jacks? Using math, algebra, and problem solving, you will learn about fitness and nutrition.

Go Green Engineering

Learn basic solutions related to alternative energy and environmental issues. Wind? Solar? Hybrid cars? Learn principles behind crafting efficient wind-powered machines and discover how those machines can be used to help reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Healthy Hiking

Students will explore the woods on the trails of Quarrybrook while learning about calorie burning, proper nutrition (what is the best way to fuel and hydrate when you hike) and basic safety skills related to hiking (planning a route, using a map, packing your bag).


Develop your creative skills, learn all about growing plants and open your own Horticulture business! Have fun planting an indoor miniature garden under glass with your favorite theme, learn how to reproduce plants, make soap and plant an edible herb planter. Learn how to market and sell your product.

Map Making in the World

We will use topographic maps to generate our own maps. Students will also learn how to use compasses along with the skills of treasure mapping!

Nature Drawing

Visual art and scientific inquiry go hand in hand. In this class, we will explore the world around us and explain it through drawing. Each student will learn to book bind and create their own field journal. In this journal, we will use drawing techniques to accurately capture our observations.

Nature Photography

Use the outdoor classroom of nature as your subject material to learn the basics of your digital camera. Students need to provide their own digital camera.

Natural Skin Care for Kids

Learn how to make sweet smelling herbal soaps, homemade lip balm, body lotion, and bath bombs that are all made from natural ingredients inspired by nature.


Learn about the world of painting through an exploration of paint, tools, surfaces, and techniques. Using both traditional and experimental painting techniques we will use paintbrushes, canvas, watercolor, and acrylic paint. In addition, we will challenge our creativity to paint without a brush, create our own pigments from nature and use wood as a surface!

Singers & Songwriters

We will follow a theme of woods, rivers, ponds, and the open air to create our music, poems, and raps and musical instruments while using our own devices to record our progress and results. Students will asked to bring their own recording device (Smartphone, iPad, etc.) to this class.

Spa Science

In this class, you will learn chemistry, physiology and the benefits of the various spa treatments. You will also gain a great understanding of the scientific properties of various spa products and the importance of product sales to the client to enhance their spa experience. Students will make their own lip balm, facial mask and even learn the elements of nail art.

Surrealism of the Forest: Photo, Illustration, & Bookmaking

Learn the basics of digital nature photography by walking through the woods in search of an image that will serve as a front page to a handmade tunnel book. Students will learn the skills needed to conceptualize and create a two- to three-page book based on their forest photography and fantasy illustration. Students will need to have access to a digital camera as well as feel comfortable using an exact-o-knife.

T-shirt Design

Use fabric paint, tie dye, and batik to design your one of a kind creation. All students must bring five prewashed 100% cotton t-shirts to decorate.

Tiny Towns: Exploration in Tree House Design

Learn basic concepts of treehouse design, construction, and urban planning by working as a team to fictionalize a group of inhabitants for whom you will need to create a small scale treehouse village. Through hands-on experience you will build your own tree house model using a variety of found objects and mixed media. Work as a team to design a village that meets the needs of the fictional community.


Develop your confidence through theater games, movement and dance, songs, and skits. Write your own skits accompanied by songs and dance, and perform them at the end of the week.

Web Marketing

Have a great business idea? Come learn what it takes to start and run your own business. Students will learn all the steps – budgets, pricing of your product or service, and how to create a successful web design launch to your business. Students should come prepared with a Google email account, and will need to bring their own web-compatible device (iPad, Smartphone, etc.).

Woodland Creatures: Models & Masks

Let’s get a little messy and build some great big woodland things! We will use cardboard, newspaper, and maiche to model creatures great and small to inhabit our woods.


For questions or more information, contact the College for Kids staff at 978-556-3326 or e-mail College4Kids@necc.mass.edu