NIU’s STEAM Camps are fortunate to take full advantage of the facilities on four Northern Illinois University campuses: the main campus in DeKalb, Illinois; the Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Illinois; NIU Hoffmann Estates in Hoffmann Estates, Illinois; and NIU Naperville, in Naperville, Illinois. Take a look at the description of each camp session to see where it will take place.

DeKalb

NIU’s main campus in DeKalb offers specialized, state of the art laboratories in the sciences, engineering, arts and technology, as well as smart classrooms. We also have our own STEM Lab with several 3D printers, a laser cutter and many other tools. The campus offers plentiful outdoor space for rocket launching, star gazing and recreation. Residential campers live and dine in Gilbert Hall or Stevenson Hall, both with AC and in-room microwaves and refrigerators.

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Hoffman Estates

Conveniently located between I90 and Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates, this combination conference center/campus has a new, state-of-the art Esports Lounge with a streaming room, 12 Dell Gaming PC stations with mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, gaming headsets and cameras for streaming, as well as an Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch consoles, making it a great location for our Esports camp.

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Lorado Taft

NIU’s Lorado Taft field campus is a beautiful 141-acre wooded property overlooking the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. It provides all the modern facilities required for the middle school camps held there, with the bonus of an immersive natural experience. In this expansive outdoor space, campers can fly drones, program robots in the Waterbotics pool and enjoy spectacular stargazing. Campers reside in an airconditioned, bunkhouse-style dorm with 6-8 campers per room and eat family style in a dining hall with a fabulous view of the Rock River.

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Naperville

Conveniently located just blocks off I88 in Naperville, this combination conference center/campus has a new, state-of-the art Esports Lounge with 12 Dell Gaming PC stations with mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, gaming headsets and cameras for streaming, as well as an Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch consoles, making it a great location for our video game design camp.

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