“Look deep into nature and then you will better understand everything.” – Albert EinsteinSTEM

In addition to our STEM Summer Camps and special STEM days at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp and Outdoor Center, we now offer STEM programs in collaboration with the CT STEM Academy located at 91 Main Street in South Meriden.

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During this program we will be designing, programming and testing Lego Mindstorms Robotics.

  • 2017 Dates: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
  • Day/time: Fridays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee:$25
  • Ages: 9 - 12


Did you know that computing related jobs is one of the fastest growing STEM related careers? Join us for an engaging introduction to computer science with coding and our cardboard challenge. Participants will code a robot to travel through a cardboard maze that they will create during this session.

  • 2018 Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5 , 2/12, 2/19
  • Day/time: Monday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee: $35 for 7 weeks
  • Ages: 9 - 12


Are you interested in preparing your kids for the future? If so, then you’ll want to sign up for our Little Bits program! Throughout this 7 week course, we will spark your child’s creativity by providing them with a platform of electronic building blocks used to create inventions of all sizes and empower their inner engineer.

  • 2018 Spring I Session : 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
  • Day/Time: Monday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Fee: $35 for 7 week session
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, Meriden


Do you like to explore science, solve problems and use technology? If you do, then STEM Academy is the perfect place for you! Join us for an engaging session of exploring Makey Makey. Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. Participants will build a musical instrument, and explore personal interests.

  • 2018 Spring Session I: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Fee: $35 for 7 weeks
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, Meriden


This hands–on enrichment program is designed for students interested in deepening their knowledge of STEM concepts through weekly STEM Challenges led by experienced instructors.

  • Spring I Session: 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
  • Day/Time: Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee: $25
  • Ages 8 - 12


This program offers students a rich and exciting introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills. The students will be using the VEX IQ robotics system to learn the basics of building a robot, while also learning other STEM applications. Students will compete in at least three Robotics Competitions. Contact Christopher Stone for more

STEM programs at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center

Our STEM offerings at Mountain Mist include STEM Science Saturday programs in our science classroom, and summer STEM camps.

To read an article about one of the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy summer science programs click here.

The Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has been a flourishing summer day camp for over thirty years. For several years, the outdoor center has been offering adventure learning opportunities with low ropes courses, high ropes courses, and team building activities.

In 2009, the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp began to make a shift towards science enrichment opportunities. These enrichment opportunities have been offered through the Messy Lab Science Program, Space Camp, Nature Science Camp and the Young Scientists program (beginning in January 2012).

In July 2011, the Meriden YMCA was awarded a NASA Summer of Innovation Grant for its innovative approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. As a result of these steps, Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has committed to offering science education programming for school age students during the school year. These science offerings, combined with the existing team building and ropes course educational offerings, are known as the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center.

In the spring of 2012, the Meriden YMCA began offering full day programs for local students called Science Saturdays for local school groups. A Science Saturday offering will include a pre-planning survey, pre-planning session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and the Science Education Director, and a debriefing session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and Science Education Director.

Our Facility

The Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center is conveniently located in central Connecticut along the border of Wallingford and Middlefield, off Route 66 (East Main Street in Meriden, CT). The facility includes:

  • 66 acres of nature
  • The CAT (50 foot climbing tower)
  • Two Rock Walls
  • Ten Low Rope Challenge Course Elements
  • One Large Swimming Pool
  • Large Pavilion
  • Small Pavilion

Science Education Classroom

Our Staff
Our staff includes a group of highly trained professionals that have the following requirements:

  • College Education and/or Related Experience
  • Camp Experience (not necessarily at Mountain Mist)
  • Specialty that can be taught in a class setting
  • (Science interest in rocks, social studies interest in American Revolution, artistic, musical)
  • People skills and kid friendly
  • In addition, our staff includes certified ropes course facilitators for Mountain Mist’s low and high ropes course elements.

To learn more about the curriculum and what a typical day is like at the STEM Academy, contact Chris Stone or Carolyn Daniels.

Carolyn Daniels, Arts and Education Director, Meriden YMCA t 203-235-6386 or

Christopher Stone, Science Education Director, Meriden YMCA at 203-314-7865 or


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