STEM Summer Camps

ROME, NY — The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), in partnership with the Griffiss Institute (GI) and Innovare Advancement Center, is proud to offer STEM Summer Camps once again to students, in grades 5-12, and current STEM funding has made it possible to provide summer camps FREE of charge in 2022! 

“The Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate is excited to offer STEM Summer Camps once again. Our offerings this year include Arduino Camp, LEGO Robotics Camp, Drone Camp, Quantum Camp, and Cyber Camp. The Innovare Advancement Center is a great location to host the camps. We believe this summer will be just as successful as past summers,” says Jeff DeMatteis, AFRL/RI STEM Outreach Coordinator. 


Our STEM Summer Camps will engage your child in new and exciting experiences this summer! Kids imagine, collaborate, explore, and create all while learning super cool STEM skills that will help them in school and in life! 


The following STEM Summer Camps will be offered for the 2022 year: 




Arduino Camp 

Dates: Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Grades: 8 – 12 


LEGO Robotics Camp 

Dates: Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022 | Grades: 5 – 8 


Drone Camp 

Dates: Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5, 2022 | Grades: 9 – 12 


Quantum Innovation Camp 

Dates: Monday, August 15 – Thursday, August 18, 2022 | Grades: 9 – 12 




Cyber Camp 1.0 

Dates: Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2022 | Grades: 9 – 12 



Dates: Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5, 2022 | Grades: 9 – 12 



Online registration for the 2022 STEM summer camps will open at 11:00 AM, on Monday, May 23, and will remain open until all camps are filled. Current STEM funding has made it possible to provide summer camps FREE of charge in 2022! 


To learn more about each individual camp and for registration, please visit: 







About Us
Griffiss Institute (GI) is a nonprofit STEM talent and technology accelerator for the United States Department of Defense and an international network of academic, government and industry partners. Since 2002, the GI has served the Air Force, the Mohawk Valley region, and the United States, empowering diverse teams with talent and technology development programs that lead the nation in technical and economic impact. In the past five years, the GI has partnered with Rome Lab to host 271 visiting scientists, employ 823 interns, support 508 local K-12 students with tuition-free STEM Camps during school breaks, and trained 63 startups in defense tech commercialization with 47 graduates of its incubator. Devoted to converging teams and technologies to solve complex national challenges, the GI is proud to enable its international network from its home at Innovare Advancement Center in New York’s picturesque Mohawk Valley. Griffiss Institute exists to elevate the next generation of talent and technologies that enhance national security and economic competitiveness for our region, state, and nation. 

Innovare Advancement Center is a 150,000 square foot open innovation hub that converges world-class scientific, engineering, and entrepreneurial talent from universities, government, and industry to tackle new challenges in artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, quantum, and unmanned aerial systems. Innovare’s unique capabilities include highly specialized laboratories for experimentation in quantum communications and neuromorphic computing, 40,000 square feet of high-tech and high-speed communications-enabled collaboration spaces, an auditorium with capacity for over 250 people, an access point to the NY UAS Test Site, and coming in spring 2022 – an indoor unmanned aerial system (UAS) research and testing facility with 110,000 square foot indoor flight testing area – the largest in the United States. 

About AF STEM Outreach Program

The goal of the AF STEM Outreach Program is to foster a new generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists who will one day discover, and problem solve in the nation’s defense laboratories and other supporting U.S. companies. To achieve this goal there must be a concerted effort to connect business, government foundations, institutions of higher education, professional organizations, schools, teachers and students. For additional information about the AFRL/RI STEM Outreach Program, please visit the STEM initiatives page at 

About Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. 


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