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Summer Programs for Elementary School Students

Raleigh Day Camps

Campers have fun learning in collaborative groups how engineers help society, and they experience engineering through hands-on, creative investigations and design challenges. New activities are introduced each year, all of which give a unique perspective on the Engineering Design Process. Some previous activities have involved designing extreme water slides, solar cities, heart valves, jellyfish, rockets, and many more exciting challenges!

Elementary school camper in newspaper furniture camp.

Camp Information


Rising 3rd – 5th Graders

Imagine Engineering Camp I: 3rd-5th -> July 20 – 24, 2020
Imagine Engineering Camp II: 3rd-5th -> July 27 – July 31, 2020

Computer Science: Snap it, Craft it, Play It Camp -> July 13 – 17, 2020

Rising Kindergarten – 2nd Graders

Imagine Engineering Camp: K-2nd -> August 3 – 7, 2020

The curriculum for the K – 2nd grade and 3rd – 5th grade camps are new every year.  Rising 3rd through 5th graders may attend either week of camp, but not both. Select the links below to find out all of the important information.

Technology influences even the youngest members of our community! During the Snap it, Craft it, Play It  camp week, we’ll introduce computer science ideas, discuss how technology has already changed their lives and how decide how we can positively impact others by creating, too! Our planned activities include a mix of computer activities, similar to Snap Jr. or Snap, and unplugged crafty activities, such as Squishy Circuits. No programming experience is required.

Select the links below to find out all of the important information.

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours

Campers can be dropped off between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.and are picked up between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

Camp Location

Detailed drop-off and pick-up locations will be provided upon acceptance. Activities take place on NC State’s College of Engineering campuses. Students may take brief field trips to other campus facilities or nearby locations.


Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Dietary needs will be accommodated.

Camp Staff

Camp will be staffed by classroom teachers, engineering students and NC State engineering staff members.  The staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1:6.

A Typical Day at Camp

At 9 a.m. students begin the morning by receiving a new engineering challenge. Students then split into small teams, working together to investigate the problem and find a solution. Students have plenty of break time and outside time to balance the challenging and fun design work they are completing. There is never a dull moment at engineering camp. At the end of the day, all students gather to present their tested and improved designs.

Camp Fees

  • Total Cost: $425 for a week of camp (including daily lunch)
  • Total amount: Due May 8, 2020
  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid may be available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, you must submit a financial aid application included in the application website.

Applying to Camp


All students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in Fall 2020 are welcome to apply, including home-schooled or out of state students.

Applying Online

The only way to apply is by logging in to our Summer Programs Portal, which will be available from January 13 through April 3, 2020. Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and to check your application status.

Application Components

Your son or daughter is required to submit short personal answers to these two questions:

  • What are two goals that you would like to achieve at camp?
  • What problem would you like to solve?

The submission is typed into the online application. If your child does not know how to type, please have him or her draft a response by hand, and you can type the answer into the application yourself.

Application Timeline

The deadline to apply is April 3, 2020. You will be notified of acceptance on April 27, 2020. Full payments are due on May 8, 2020.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions will be based on student interest as determined by age-appropriate short statements. Acceptance is not first come, first served — preference will not be given to early applicants.  In recent years, we have not had enough room for all of the students who were interested in attending camp.  If you applied to camp last year, and we were unable to find a spot for you, we will make an extra effort to find a place for you this year.