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The Engineering Place is dedicated to impacting underserved and underrepresented students through its many K-12 programs for students and teachers. TEP also participates in community programs, generating interest and excitement about engineering and associated careers.

Program Descriptions

We are offering in-person programming for Fall 2022. Click on the event title in the 2022 Schedule to register for the event. Links will be added as registrations open.

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Fall 2022 Schedule

Gadgets & Gizmos @ Marbles MuseumSept. 1811:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Engineering RendezvousSept. 24TBD
STEM Engineering NightSept. 276:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Solar House School VisitSept. 309:00 am – 12:00 pm
University Open HouseOct. 15TBD
Family STEM Engineering NightOct. 186:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Gadgets & Gizmos @ Marbles MuseumOct. 2311:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boys & Girls ClubOct. 29TBD
Girl Scouts TechnoQuestNov. 5TBD
Family STEM Engineering NightNov. 106:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Gadgets & Gizmos @ Marbles MuseumNov. 1311:00 am – 1:00 pm
EB&B: High School StudentsNov. 189:00 am – 1:00 pm
Family STEM Engineering NightNov. 296:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Learn more about each of our programs!

Summer Programs

Middle school students participate in Girls Game Design camp.
Middle school students participating in summer camp engineering challenges..

Each summer the College of Engineering plans and executes multiple summer programs for rising 3rd to 12th grade students. From day camps to week-long stays, these programs introduce students to engineering through hands-on activities and problem-solving. Students spend the week with other like-minded students and gain exposure to NC State and university life.

The Solar House

The NC State Solar House
The NC State Solar House

Tours are available for K-12 students and the public. We will have two events this spring! One is a Solar House ShowCase and one is a classroom visit! Information about these events and registration information will be coming soon!

All tours include an informational component about the passive solar technology used in the Solar House AND an age- and grade-appropriate, hands-on, engineering activity.  We are happy to work with you to help meet the needs of your students and the educational outcomes you hope to achieve as a part of your experience. Tours generally last approximately 30 minutes, depending on questions, and the engineering activity takes another 60 minutes.  Please note: A staff member from the Solar House will be in touch to discuss your request.

Information on Tour Group Size:
The Solar House has limited space and can accommodate a maximum of 40 students in a single tour. If you have more than 40 students in your group, we will schedule multiple tour times to accommodate the entire group.

Solar House Location:
The NC State Solar House’s address is 1201 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606 and is located at the corner of Gorman St. and Western Blvd.  Parking is available in the McKimmon Center main parking lot and is free for student groups and participants. For student groups arriving in school activity buses, please drop off students in front of the Solar House and park your bus in the overflow parking lot located on Varsity Drive.

Solar House History:
The NCSU Solar House, built in 1981 by NC State’s Professor Herbert Eckerlin of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, was created to promote and demonstrate renewable energy technologies to the community.  The house features 5 kW solar PV panels, solar water heating, a ground loop geothermal heat pump, efficient construction, and insulation, LED lighting, and is designed with several passive solar features that further reduce energy costs.  The site was used to conduct numerous renewable energy research projects, educating undergraduate students, and enabling graduate students to write research papers, theses, and dissertations.

Today, the primary purpose of the Solar House is STEM education and outreach as well as renewable energy research. Anyone looking for information on solar home construction or personal home improvements should contact the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Tours of the Solar House are managed through The Engineering Place at NC State University.

Check out this video on the construction of the Solar House in 1981!

We look forward to seeing you!

Family STEM Engineering Nights

The Engineering Place is offering a combination of virtual and in-person Family STEM Engineering Nights this year!

Virtual Events

If you have children in grades K-5, we hope you will join us for an evening of fun engineering challenges. We are also partnering with schools this spring in hosting these events!

Families are invited to join the Engineering Ambassadors and The Engineering Place as we work together in solving two exciting Engineering Design Challenges! Learn more about NCSU engineering and engineering thinking by using The Engineering Design Process and participating in fun challenges.

This program is currently on break!

School Hosted Events

Hosting a Family STEM Engineering Night with NC State Engineering Ambassadors at your location remains a top priority for The Engineering Place. We want to help you incorporate fun, engaging, hands-on activities that involve families. Engineering Activities include Catapults, Straw RocketsS, Diaper Dissection, Smores Packaging, Extreme Rollercoasters, Let’s Communicate, Lightbulbs, Foil Boats, Marshmallows Towers, and Tumbling Towers.

We have a team of NC State students and faculty who can come to your location and run an evening session of hands-on STEM Engineering activities for families to complete together.

We will begin scheduling for the 2022-2023 School year later this spring! 

Some Details:

  • Schools must be ~20-25 miles or under from the NCSU campus in Raleigh, NC.
  • Schools provide EA’s with dinner, other costs are covered thanks to a grant from Duke Energy!

Gadgets & Gizmos @ Marbles Museum

Come join us at Marbles Kids Museum as we introduce kids to the wonderful world of engineering and how engineers make life better for us all!

Spend time with North Carolina State University’s Engineering Ambassadors on selected Sundays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. We have fun hands-on activities and engineering challenges to engage kids of all ages!

Engineering on the Road

The Engineering on the Road program brings engineering to life in K-12 schools all over the state of North Carolina. Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities linked to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, we illustrate the true nature of engineering — not just the stereotypical view that many people have — to students, teachers and staff. Programs are customized to meet the needs of the school or organization and for small- and large-group events. We even have an engineering road show!

We also participate in other community organizers’ programs, such as math and science nights, career fairs and workshops.

Please note: Due to limited staff, we are offering this program on a limited basis. Please note we are not able to provide science fair judges.

COE First-Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD)

The NC State Belltower against a blue sky, with flowering trees in the foreground

First-Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD) is an end-of-year opportunity for first-year engineering student teams to showcase their design projects and compete for awards. The projects are completed as part of the E 101 – Introduction to Engineering and Problem Solving course and allow students to put core design concepts into practice during their first year while learning how to work successfully in a design team.

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University would like to invite you to attend the 23rd Annual First-Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD). K12 teachers are invited to bring their students to FEDD on Friday, April 22, 2022. There will Engineering Ambassadors available to answer any questions during the event.

Check out our pictures from our past events!

FEDD Team Projects:

  • Assistive Device
  • Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener
  • Cisco 3D Printing
  • Collapsible Bridge
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Educational Computer Game
  • Engineered Fish Passage
  • Entrepreneurship Project
  • Fabric Bucket
  • Music Maker Machine
  • Nuclear Probe
  • Precision Launcher
  • Solar Still
  • Toy Design

Two Sessions

  • Morning Session: 9:15 am – 12:00 pm (Awards presented from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Awards presented from 3:30 – 4:00 pm)


NC State University McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education at 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. (corner of Gorman Street & Western Blvd). Parking is available and free.


We will contact you within 3 business days if your school is selected to attend the event. Questions? Email

Future City Program

Future City NC is a vibrant, authentic, and engineering-aligned real-world experience for middle school students across the state. The Future City program, a national organization and program from DiscoverE, teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students problem-solving techniques through hands-on, project- and problem-based learning.

Future City is an NC State University supported STEM program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attending North Carolina Middle Schools.  The annual competition in January provides participating student teams with an opportunity to present their semester-long Future City project to industry engineers.

The 2022 Future City competition will be held at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606 on Saturday, January 22th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Click here for the official NC Future City website and to learn more about the competition:

Engineering Bits & Bytes Days

Engineering Bits & Bytes Days are STEM curriculum enrichment experiences held on the NC State Centennial campus for students in elementary, middle and high school — grades K–12. These are half-day events held once a semester and include age- and grade-appropriate hands-on engineering activities and often a tour of Hunt Library. For high school and older middle school groups, NC State undergraduate engineering students are available for a Q & A session about admission requirements, scholarships, college life, and suggestions on how best to prepare now for the college experience you want. Engineering Bits & Bytes Day events are differentiated by grade bands (grades, K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12). Please click here for a sample agenda.

Project Lead the Way

PLTW is a program providing activity-, project- and problem-based (APB) instructional design and centers on hands-on, real-world activities, projects and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. The APB approach scaffolds student learning through structured activities and projects that empower students to become independent in the classroom and helps them build skillsets to apply to an open-ended design problem. This approach provides students with unique opportunities to work collaboratively, identify problems, apply what they know, persevere through challenges, find unique solutions and lead their own learning.

Through Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs, students develop in-demand, transportable skills – such as problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication – that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

Students of PLTW participating schools are eligible to apply for one-time scholarships that are available to engineering first-year students enrolled in the College of Engineering. Please encourage your students to apply.

PLTW Scholarship Application

At this time, NC State University will not be hosting summer training for teachers.


The Engineering Place can develop a specific program to meet the needs of many organizations, including K-12 school districts, individual schools, engineering professional organizations, and university departments. Below is a sampling of some of the workshops that we have offered. Contact us at for workshop information.

  • Engineering is Elementary Professional Development
  • Engineering as Part of Integrated STEM Professional Development
  • Encouraging Girls to Pursue STEM* Careers
  • Developing Non-traditional K-12 Engineering Activities
  • Integrating Engineering into the K-12 Curriculum
  • Training in Outreach for Working Engineers
  • Designing a STEM School
  • Using the Grand Challenges for Engineering as a Basis for Instruction
  • Project Lead the Way
    *Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Consulting Services

  • Faculty Grant Writing Assistance
  • Unique Program Development to Support Grants
  • K-12 Engineering Curriculum Development
  • Developing Non-traditional K-12 Engineering Activities
  • Engineer Outreach Training

Solar House Showcase Day

NC State Solar House Day is a monthly event for K-16 students and the public to visit us at the NC State Solar House.  Guests will see passive solar energy technology at work in the house and K-16 students can experience a hands-on, age- and grade-appropriate engineering activity.  Beginning in the spring semester 2020, Solar House Day is scheduled for the first Friday of each month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The NC State Solar House is located beside the McKimmon Center and our address is 1201 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606.  Free parking for cars is available in the McKimmon Center parking lot.  Bus parking is free as well and available in the gravel lot on Varsity Drive just behind the McKimmon Center.  Email:, Phone: 919-515-0314.

Complete the SHD registration form and select your Friday!