Energize kids to take ownership of their learning to become self-driven thinkers, makers, and problem-solvers.

For many, summer vacation means summer camp. But not the kind that produced macaroni art, bug bites, and Kumbaya sing-alongs. Today, camps focus on developing skills like creativity, coding, and problem-solving -- integral to STEAM learning and 21st-century careers. At the center of these camps are tech tools that not only teach these skills, but energize kids to take ownership of their learning to become self-driven thinkers, makers, and problem-solvers.

This week, we're highlighting the best apps, games, and websites for STEAM-focused camps and summer activities. We've pulled out four lists that cover activities ranging from building, designing, and programming to just plain tinkering and brainstorming. Mix and match these picks to help kids cultivate design sense and inventiveness, gain transferrable skills, and make cool, useful stuff over their summer break.

STEAM Games,
Apps, and Sites

Apps and Websites
for Makers and

Best Engineering
Best Tech Creation





Kira D.

As Education Content Assistant for Common Sense Education, Kira supported the editorial team with a wide array of projects such as the Graphite blog, analysis of content coverage, content creation for our Top Picks, and beyond. Kira joined Common Sense with a background in education nonprofits and museums and a passion for learning. She has previously worked in administrative and executive support roles and has dabbled in communications, public relations, and graphic design. Originally from the Boston area, Kira fulfilled a lifelong dream by relocating to San Francisco and can now be found exploring the west coast by foot, kayak, and zip car.