The Engineering Place offers a number of different programs, as well as participates in community programs, that generate interest in and excitement about engineering.

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Program Descriptions

If you are interested in becoming involved with any of the programs listed below or just would like some more information, please complete The Engineering Place STEM Programs Information Request Form and someone will get back to you or email We would be happy to try to accommodate your needs and would love the opportunity to share our passion for changing the world with you.

Summer Programs

Middle school students participate in Girls Game Design camp.

Middle school students participate in Girls Game Design camp.

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

The Solar House is primarily for K-12 STEM education and outreach. The Solar House will close for the summer on April 28th, 2018. Anyone looking for information on solar home construction or personal home improvements should contact the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. If you are interested in an educational tour and hands-on activities relating to the Solar House, you can request a tour by completing this online form, and someone from The Engineering Place will contact you.

Solar House Closed During Summer Break

The Solar House will close for K-12 and public tours on Saturday, April 28, 2018, reopening for the fall semester on Monday, September 10th.

The Solar House is open for private and public tours during weekdays, but days and hours vary.  We offer hands-on engineering activities, as well as information about the house. Let us work with your group to customize a tour to meet your educational needs.

The Solar House is located next to the McKimmon Center, and the address is 1201 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Please contact us at if you have questions about programs we offer at the Solar House.

NC State Family STEM Nights

Holding a Family STEM Night at your school remains a priority for The Engineering Place. We want to help you incorporate fun, engaging, hands-on activities that involve families in after-school events.

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

We are now accepting requests for Family STEM Nights for the 2017-2018 academic year.  If you are interested in requesting a Family STEM night for your school, please complete a request form:

If we are unable to accommodate your request, and you would like to learn how to hold your own DIY STEM Night, please complete the DIY STEM Night Interest Form. We will provide you with loaner activity kits, activities instructions and helpful hints on having a successful DIY STEM Night.

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.

To request an Engineering on the Road visit, you will need to complete the Engineering on the Road Request Form.

Please note: We are not generally able to provide science fair judges.

Future City Middle School Engineering Competition

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. Middle school students learn a problem-solving process called the Engineering Design Process (EDP) as they imagine, plan, and create cities of the future. Working as a team, students, along with an educator and an engineering mentor, plan a city using SimCity™ software. Next, they create a project plan, including goals, schedules, and reflections. They describe their research and implement solutions to engineering problems via their city essays. In addition, they plan and create tabletop scale models of their cities using recycled materials, and finally present their ideas before industry engineering judges at the NC Regional Future City Competition held at the NC State McKimmon Center in late January each year. The Engineering Place and the College of Engineering are proud to be sponsors of the regional program and annual competition for the national for the Future City Middle School Program.

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 3 – 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 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12). Please click here for a sample agenda. Registration is required.

Bits & Bytes Registration Form

Fall 2018 Engineering Bits & Bytes Days Schedule will be available soon!

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 skill sets 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.

The deadline for the PLTW scholarship application is April 30, 2018.

At this time, NC State University will not be hosting 2018 summer training for teachers.

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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