Feed your curiosity. Explore your potential.

Neil Armstrong. Marie Curie. Alexander Graham Bell. Before they changed the world, they played. They let their curiosity loose. They explored their world. Unlock your limitless potential and gain a competitive edge for school and beyond! The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) in Cedar Knolls NJ offers fun, co-ed programs for youth entering grades 1 – 6. You’ll work in teams, meet new friends and perform hands-on experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive.

The SSI program has been designed and vetted by STEM educators and professionals to be fun and age-appropriate. Hands-on activities help students learn the academic concepts behind the experiments.

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2018 Staff – NOW HIRING!

We are now hiring staff for our 2018 season at the Summer STEM Institute Facility, Boy Scouts of America Headquarters (1 Saddle Road Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927). Apply now at




1-3 & 4-6




July 9 – August 10




The experiments in STEM Labs are a chance to be creative, develop your leadership and communication skills, and learn to think like a STEM professional.



STEM paves the way for a bright future career. STEM jobs are projected to grow 17% by 2018, and STEM salaries average 26% more than for non-STEM jobs.



Increase your confidence and the vision of your potential by learning from STEM professionals. Discover and explore possibilities for your future.



See how real people in real companies use experiments like the ones you do in the STEM Lab to invent new technologies and medicines, and develop ideas that change people’s lives.

Summer STEM Institute

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Summer STEM Institute or the forms, please contact the STEM Staff Adviser, Andrew Joiner at [email protected] or 973-765-9322 x252.

Social Media

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Dates, Weekly Focus and Bus

We have five one-week sessions for boys and girls entering grades 1-3 and 4-6. Three different program focuses are available, depending on the week. Hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Date Focus Bus Route
July 9 – 13 Science / Technology Sussex / W Morris
July 16 – 20 Engineering / Math N,E Morris
July 23 – 27 Science / Technology Somerset / S,E Morris
July 30 – August 3 Engineering / Math Union / S,E Morris
August 6 – 10 STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
Middlesex / Union

Early and Extended Programs

We offer optional early and extended programs such as recreation activities, games, arts and crafts, reading, and free time for the students to pursue their own interests in a safe, friendly environment. Early program is from 7:00 to 8:30 am and extended program runs from 4:00 until 6:00 pm.

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation is available each week from selected locations in Morris, Sussex, Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties. The bus route varies each week. Bus transportation is an additional $60 per week.

Bus Schedule


Includes: registration, tee shirt, supplies, safety equipment, disposable lab coat and a weekly field trip.
Financial assistance request can be found here. Please call 973-765-9322 x252 for details.


Coral Kennedy

Coral Kennedy


Coral Kennedy is returning for her second year as the Summer STEM Institute Director. She is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She received her Master’s degree in Curriculum Planning and Instruction in May 2016. She currently teaches math at Union High School and serves as a member of the Patriots’ Path Council STEM committee. Coral is excited to introduce children to the many STEM fields and has a passion for mathematics and physics. In her free time, she likes to lift weights, play golf, volunteer, and cook. Contact Coral at [email protected].

2017 SSI Employment

Join the staff

The Summer STEM Institute employs over 20 people every summer.  All applications for staff and counselor in training (CIT) positions must be submitted online. CITs must be at least 14 as of June 1st.


My son thoroughly enjoyed his week at SSI. It is great to see his curiosity flourish with the resources that were provided to him. Very happy and pleased with the overall program. Thank you.

Ian A.


Scott really enjoyed coming to SSI every day. The curriculum kept him interested and excited. He has already made plans to come back. The staff was excellent, Scott really liked Miss Coral. They delivered an excellent program!

Brenda S.


I just wanted to let you know that my son Todd had an AMAZING time at the STEM institute last week. Every day he came home talking about how much fun he had and how he wished it was a longer program. Kudos to your staff for making this past week (with no swimming and stifling heat outside no less) the highlight of his summer. Any chance you might offer this program over the winter or summer breaks? If so, we are in!

Sherri M.



The Summer STEM Institute is conveniently located in new modern facilities at 1 Saddle Rd, Cedar Knolls NJ. It is just minutes from Morristown, Route 287 and Route 80.

  • Air conditioned
  • Large spacious classrooms for instructions and demonstrations
  • Restrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Park-like grounds

Summer STEM Institute

Our mission is simple. We help youth grow their interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

You don’t have to make kids do science. You just have to let them. They’ll work in teams, make new friends and perform experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math come alive in a fun, exciting, fast-paced way.


     Learning for Life – Boy Scouts of America

1 Saddle Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
973-765-9322 x227
[email protected]