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Camp Innovate and Investigate

Join us July 15–19, 2024, for an electrifying week packed with hands-on experiments, mind-boggling puzzles, and cutting-edge discoveries at the intersection of math, physics, computer science, biology, and chemistry.

Our camp is not just about learning science but experiencing it firsthand with activities designed to spark curiosity and ignite passion. We are proud to partner with leaders within the industry to explore design thinking and create innovative solutions to problems presented to our campers. They’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts, tour state-of-the-art facilities, and even get a sneak peek at the latest groundbreaking research. This camp is for high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in the sciences.

Throughout the week, campers will delve into the fascinating world of the sciences, understanding how experiments and research lead to real-life solutions to real-world problems. They’ll have the chance to meet current TCNJ students taking part in our Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) program and work with faculty within the School of Science. So join us for a week of discovery, exploration, and endless possibilities at TCNJ – School of Science Camp Innovate and Investigate. Who knows what amazing discoveries await? The future of science is in your hands!

Please email Assistant Dean Chanelle Lester at with any questions and/or concerns related to the camp.

Camp Information

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed one year of high school math and science. This camp is for high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in the sciences. Seats are limited. The priority application deadline is April 19, 2024. Rolling admission thereafter will be based on available space. All applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by May 10, 2024.

In addition to general parent and student information, the application form will request:

  •  A 250-word student statement about their interest in the sciences and what they would like to learn by participating
  • Name and email contact information for a teacher recommendation. This teacher should be in the student’s high school and have taught the student in a STEM subject (science, technology, math, or pre-engineering subjects). The letter should express the student’s interest in the sciences or STEM-related fields. Please have the student ask the teacher to be a recommender before applying.

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Program Dates

July 15–19, 2024

Camp Costs

Camp is free this summer, 2024. Costs may be associated with outside activities and if campers extend their day.


Camp activities will occur in various activities within the Science Complex. Campers are expected to meet in the Chemistry Building, Room 121, daily. Our campus map shows the location of the Science Complex – Chemistry Building.

Dress Code

Camp Innovate and Investigate activities occur in laboratories, requiring students to wear long pants and closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes (sandals cannot be worn). Students may bring sweatpants to wear over shorts if they choose.


The School of Science will provide meals. You will be able to provide dietary restrictions on your application.

Personal Computers and WiFi

You are not required to bring your personal electronic devices (e.g., laptops/tablets). TCNJ and the School of Science are not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.


Campers are required to be dropped off at 9:30 a.m. each morning. A School of Science staff member will always be present during check-in.


Campers are required to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. each afternoon. A School of Science staff member will always be present during check-in.

Extended Day

If a camper requires an earlier drop-off or a later pick-up, there will be a nominal charge. The extended day allows campers to be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and picked up by 5 p.m.


Science Complex, P105
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628