North Carolina Camps

The following camp directory lists some of the summer camps for K-12 students in engineering throughout the United States and Canada that are and were previously offered. The directory lists camps that have been hosted by Universities and research centers in the past. Please note that all camps may not be offered every year and that new camps and programs are currently being added. Old or unsuccessful programs are always being eliminated or modified. A substantial number of programs specifically target minorities, women, and other groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The programs offered change frequently, and this database is not comprehensive. This is only meant to be a guide to aid your search for engineering education preparation tools. Many of the programs offer scholarships and may have application deadlines as early as January. If you are interested in a program, please email, call or write the organization listed for an application and the most current information available.


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Central Piedmont Community College
SWAGtronics POWERED BY CREATREX (select one half-day camp)

Discover the world of wearable computers where electronics and style ignite imagination. Campers will be guided through the fundamentals of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering from experienced engineering educators by building their own device. This could be an early step towards a lucrative engineering or designing career. Tuition $275
Ages: Rising 6th-8th graders, June 23-27, Hours:  8:30am – 11:30am or 1:30pm - 5:00pm, Location:  CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte, NC  28204.
Contact: Emma Reynolds at 704.330.6731 or [email protected]
Website:  www.stemsummerexperience.com


Central Piedmont Community College
BUILD YOUR OWN BI0-MECHANICAL HAND

Be a pioneer designing and building your own bio-mechanical hand. Campers will be guided through the fundamentals of electrical, mechanical and computer from experienced engineering educators. This could be an early step towards a lucrative career involving surgical robotics, prosthetics or space rovers. Tuition:  $425 + Supply Fee: $325. Fees include camp T-shirt and your own bio-mechancial hand!
Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders, Dates: July 14-18, Hours:  8:30am – 4:30pm, Location:  CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte, NC  28204.
Contact: Emma Reynolds at 704.330.6731 or [email protected]
Website:  www.stemsummerexperience.com


Central Piedmont Community College
Engineering Summer Camp: Build Your Own 3D Printer

High school students will explore their creativity while learning the fundamentals of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering to build, analyze and test their own 3D Printer.  These printers can create a plastic part from a computer file! Tuition:  $425 + Supply Fee: $400. Fees include camp T-shirt and your own 3D Printer!
Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders, Dates: July 7-11, Hours:  8:30am – 4:30pm, Location:  CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte, NC  28204.
Contact: Emma Reynolds at 704.330.6731 or [email protected]
Website:  www.stemsummerexperience.com


Central Piedmont Community College
BRICK MANIA (select one half-day camp)

Explore engineering and excite innovation. Students will be guided through the fundamentals of STEM concepts on challenging projects using Legos(c). Students will learn to use their creative skills applied to engineering method. This could open up doors for your child’s dream of becoming a designer or engineer. Tuition $250
Ages: Rising 4th-5th graders, June 16 – 20, Hours: 8:00 am – 11:30am or 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Location:  CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte, NC  28204.
Contact: Emma Reynolds at 704.330.6731 or [email protected]
Website:  www.stemsummerexperience.com


Central Piedmont Community College
BUILD YOUR OWN DRAGSTER

Start your engines! Prepare yourself for motorsports experience in the heart of race country. Build a miniature drag car using the tools of professional race car builders. Mig and Tig welding, plasma metal cutting and tube bending will be taught by Motorsports industry experts in CPCC's Motorsports Fabrication Shop. Tuition $275
Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders, Dates: July 7-11, Hours:  8:30am – 4:30pm, Location:  CPCC Merancas Campus.
Contact: Emma Reynolds at 704.330.6731 or [email protected]
Website:  www.stemsummerexperience.com


iD Tech Camps
Summer Technology and Computer Camps

Love programming, gaming, or robotics?  Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, programs with C++ and Java, video games, websites, movies, 3D models, robots, photos, and more.  Accredited Continuing Education Units are available.  Over 130,000 students ages 7-17 have enrolled in fun and challenging, weeklong, day and overnight programs held at 60 prestigious universities in 27 states including UNC-Chapel Hill.  Small classes (max 8:1) are guaranteed, and taught by adult-only instructors for personalized curriculum with a small group to optimize learning and social experiences. Additional multi-week summer camp teen programs for ages 13-18 at select universities include: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).
Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.internaldrive.com/locations/nc-summer-camps-north-carolina-computer-camps


Johnston Community College
Science & Engineering Summer Camps

The Johnston Community College Science & Engineering Summer Camps are two one week camps designed to introduce and expose high school students to a variety of science and engineering concepts/principles.  The camp will also provide participants with a clear understanding of how science and engineering converge to create designs that are beneficial to society.  Through “contextual learning” exercises participants will: conduct experiments; learn scientific and engineering principles; build working models; practice and learn the importance of teamwork.
Contact: Nahel Awadallah (919-209-2059) or Don Warren (919-209-2221), Director of Programs, Arts & Sciences and Academic Enrichment Johnston Community College, 245 College Road Smithfield, NC 27577.
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies in Hickory
Future Engineers Camp

Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College are joining with North Carolina State University to offer several week-long summer camps with the goal of introducing engineering to students through hands-on activities and exploration.
In 2014, there will be 2 Future Engineers camps for rising 3rd-5th grade students and one camp for rising 6th – 8th grade students. Licensed teachers along with undergraduate education majors will lead small groups of students as they use the Engineering Design Process to explore and investigate solutions to engineering problems. During each camp, students will be introduced to a variety of engineering fields through activities: making lip balm and silly putty, designing catapults and hovercrafts, computer-aided design, and robotics using LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots.
Ages: Rising 3rd – 5th grade; Rising 6th – 8th grade
Contact: Ann Sperry, Manager for Future Engineers Summer Camps, North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602 (828-328-6183)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://nccet.appstate.edu/future-engineers-camps-2014


North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies in Hickory
Future Engineers Robotics Camp

Using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots, rising 7th and 8th grade students will build and program their robot to complete a variety of challenges during the week-long day camp. Each camper will work on their own robot with guidance from licensed teachers and teacher assistants. At the end of the week, students will demonstrate what they have learned by competing on the challenge arena.
Ages: Rising 7th and 8th grade
Contact: Ann Sperry, Manager for Future Engineers Summer Camps, North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602 (828-328-6183)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://nccet.appstate.edu/future-engineers-camps-2014


North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies in Hickory
Future Engineers Product Development Camp

The product development camp will teach the students the processes involved in taking a new or existing product from the idea/concept phase to a fully functional prototype, ready for introduction to the market place. Students will study various design concepts along with how to effectively and universally communicate these ideas in detailed Engineering 2D drawings and 3D solid models. Students will work in teams of two or three to address real world opportunities. The final day will result in presentations of the camper's product ideas and the process followed to create the product/prototype. This presentation will demonstrate the camper's knowledge and skills of the design process learned in the camp.
Ages: Rising 9th and 10th grade
Contact: Ann Sperry, Manager for Future Engineers Summer Camps, North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602 (828-328-6183)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://nccet.appstate.edu/future-engineers-camps-2014


North Carolina State University
Summer Engineering Day Camps (rising 3rd – 10th)
Each summer, the NC State College of Engineering offers week long summer day camps for elementary, middle and high school students (rising 3rd through rising 10th). Campers learn how engineers impact society and experience a broad range of engineering topics themselves through hands-on, creative investigations and design activities. The Monday through Friday program runs 9am until 4pm each day. New activities are introduced each year. Past activities have included Rube Goldberg machines, shoe design, squishy circuits, egg drops and more. We also have partnering camp locations in these North Carolina locations: Charlotte, Hickory, Rocky Mount, Havelock and Wilson.
Contact: Susan D'Amico, Director of Engineering Summer Camps, North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Raleigh, NC 27695-7904 (919-515-3263)
Email: engineering@nc[email protected] 
Web site: go.ncsu.edu/engineeringsummer 


North Carolina State University
Engineering Camp Charlotte

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) will open a branch of their Youth Engineering Summer Program in Charlotte in July 2014. Queens University of Charlotte has agreed to house the program in the newly-constructed Rogers Hall building. Known locally as Engineering Camp Charlotte, the day camp will be open to kids in rising grades 3-8 and will run four separate weeks in July. Each week, kids will engage in exciting engineering design challenges that relate to multiple fields of engineering. Every year, NCSU changes the curriculum, so no experience is ever the same.
Ages: Rising 3rd - 8th grade (Ages 8 - 14)
Contact: Margaret Carr Hughes, Site Director, Engineering Camp Charlotte
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.EngineeringCampCharlotte.com


North Carolina State University/Craven Community College, Havelock Campus
Middle School Engineering Camp: Discover Engineering (rising 7th through 9th)

Craven Community College, Havelock Campus will be offering a week-long summer day camp for middle school students (rising 7th through rising 9th). The camp will be led by middle school teachers in partnership with NC State faculty and students.
Contact: Susan Price, NCSU 2+2 Engineering @ LCC, Middle School Summer Program, PO Box 188, 231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC 28502 (252-520-9597)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/theengineeringplace/summerprograms/


North Carolina State University/Rocky Mount
Elementary, Middle and High School Engineering Camps: Discover Engineering

Rocky Mount will offer several week-long summer camps with the goal of introducing engineering to students through hands-on activities and exploration. The week-long summer day camps are for elementary, middle, and high school students (rising 3rd through rising 10th grades). The camps will take place at Gateway Technology Center (in front of NC Wesleyan College). Licensed teachers, along with undergraduate students, will lead small groups of students as they use the Engineering Design Process to explore and investigate solutions to engineering problems.
Contact: Sara Hughes, NC State University Engineering Camp Summer Programs, Gateway Technology Center, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804 (252-446-2585)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: www.gatewaytechnologycenter.com


North Carolina State University, College of Engineering
Summer Engineering Residential Camps (rising 11th and 12th)
The NC State College of Engineering offers discipline-specific residential camps for rising high school 11th and 12th graders. The residential program allows students to select and explore a particular field of engineering while also experiencing college life at NC State University. Students spend a week on campus, live in the dorms, eat in the dining halls, meet new students from all over the globe and immerse themselves in a specific engineering workshop of their choosing. This program begins in Sunday and culminates with a closing on Friday. Workshop options include many topics, including:  Autonomous Robotics (Electrical Engineering), Look Up – Way Up!! (Aerospace Engineering), There Must Be and App for That! (Computer Science) and Engineering Better Stuff with Material Science (Materials Engineering).
Contact: Susan D’Amico, Director of Engineering Summer Camps, North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Raleigh, NC 27695-7904 (919-515-3263)
Email: [email protected] 
Web site: go.ncsu.edu/engineeringsummer 


Autonomous Robotic Vehicles
UNC Charlotte – Camps on Campus

For rising grades 9-10+ Get hands-on experience with real robots! Learn how to use software to program your team’s robot to accomplish multiple tasks that increase in difficulty throughout the week. Activities include everything from simple controls to how to interface sensors. You will use LabVIEW to program and control the same robots that are used in the Undergraduate “Introduction to Robotics” course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Contact: 704-687-8900 or [email protected]
Website: SummerCamps.uncc.edu


Aspire! Motorsports Engineering
UNC Charlotte – Camps on Campus

For rising grades 11 & 12. If you have an interest in Motorsports, Science and Engineering, then this Aspire! program is designed for you.  In Charlotte, the racing capital of the world, you’ll get an introduction to Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering by doing in-depth work on a race car project in the UNC Charlotte motorsports center (a.k.a. The Alan Kulwicky Race Shop); you’ll study micro-electronics fabrication in a clean room; and research race-track structures.  The Thursday activities will include a field trip to a race-track and/or race team.  Friday is for wrapping up projects followed up with a presentation and award program.
Contact: 704-687-8900 or [email protected]
Website: SummerCamps.uncc.edu/camps/aspire


Robotics
UNC Charlotte – Camps on Campus

For rising grades 6-8 Sure, you may have played with LEGO bricks before. You may have even played with the LEGO Mindstorm kit before. But did you ever consider building several robots that worked together on a common task? In this camp you will learn about the science and engineering of robots, then design and build robots that can do more than you ever imagined! This is a fully hands-on week of learning and fun.
Contact: 704-687-8900 or [email protected]
Website: SummerCamps.uncc.edu


Aspire! Engineering Design + Advanced Autonomous Robotic Vehicles
UNC Charlotte – Camps on Campus

August 1- August 5 For rising grades 11 & 12. Morning: Use software to program your team’s robot to accomplish multiple tasks that increase in difficulty throughout the week. Activities include everything from simple controls to how to interface sensors. You will use LabVIEW to program and control the same robots that are used in the Undergraduate “Introduction to Robotics” course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Afternoon: In the afternoons you will explore Mechanical Engineering and Computer-Aided Design, using 3-D software tools to draw and then manufacture your next great invention.
Contact: 704-687-8900 or [email protected]
Website: SummerCamps.uncc.edu/camps/aspire


Wake Technical Community College
Applied Technologies Exploration Camp - Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology will focus on each of the four major disciplines of engineering: mechanical, manufacturing, electronic, and civil engineering.  Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will work with engineering faculty on selected projects related to the civil, architectural, mechanical, and electronics engineering fields. Past projects include wooden bridge design, construction, and load testing, catapult building, house design using SketchUp, and digital electronic circuit simulation, construction, and testing.

Contact: Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh NC (919-866-5351)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site: http://summercamps.waketech.edu/


Wake Technical Community College
Applied Technologies Exploration Camp - Robotics and Electronics

Rising 9th and 10th graders will work with engineering faculty on selected projects related to robotics and electronics engineering. Past robotics projects have included using the LEGO Mindstorm system to build maze runners and combat competition robots. Past electronics projects include soldering, testing, and calibrating an electronic circuit.
Contact: Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh NC (919-866-5351)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site: http://summercamps.waketech.edu/


Wake Technical Community College
Applied Technologies Exploration Camp - Level Design

Rising 9th and 10th graders will use the UNREAL Development Kit (UDK) to design and create 3-dimensional game levels. The UDK provides the platform and tools needed to develop cutting-edge 3D projects.
Contact: Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh NC (919-866-5351)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site: http://summercamps.waketech.edu/


Wake Technical Community College
Applied Technologies Exploration Camp - Game Design Using GameMaker

Rising 9th and 10th graders will learn to design and create digital games using GameMaker. Using drag-and-drop software, students will create games with 2D animation, backgrounds, music, graphics, and sound effects! Students can download GameMaker for creating games.
Contact: Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh NC (919-866-5351)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site: http://summercamps.waketech.edu/