Summer Programs for High School Students

Raleigh Day Camps

Each summer, the College of Engineering at NC State University offers rising 9th and 10th grade high school students the opportunity to experience engineering at NC State. We offer multidisciplinary week-long day camps that provides an experience into how engineers solve problems. Teams of campers experience introductory activities then transition to work on a collaborative team-oriented challenge project, learn about how computer scientists impact the world and how entrepreneurs create solutions for our changing lives.

High school campers build pumps at camp.

Camp Information

2019 Rising 9th/10th Grade Camps

Engineering Camps

Rising 9th/10th Day Camp Week 1: June 17 – 21, 2019
Rising 9th/10th Day Camp Week 2: June 24 – 28, 2019

Ninth and tenth graders will experience engineering in a program specifically designed for them. Each year new challenges are presented at the week-long day camp, and each introduce students to a variety of engineering fields through fun, yet challenging, hands-on projects and investigations. By the end of the week, students will have a deeper understanding of the field of engineering and related career opportunities.


NEW: Jump Start: Explore an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Rising 9th and 10th Graders: July 8 – 12, 2019

Campers will immerse themselves in a creative environment, examining the skills and mindsets necessary to solve today’s complex problems. Through a series of fun, hands-on activities, tours and campus experiences, campers will explore entrepreneurship and what it means to “think like an entrepreneur.” Real-world entrepreneurs and NC State faculty and staff will host students and introduce them to resources available on our campus and in our community. After completing the week-long camp, students will walk away having learned to identify opportunities and strategies to think like an entrepreneur, regardless of career path.


FLAMES (Future Leaders in Algorithms, Mathematics and Engineering Sciences)

Girls Rising 9th/10th Grade Camp I: July 22 – 26, 2019

NEW: Coed Rising 9th/10th Grade Camp II: July 22 – 26, 2019

Computing has changed the world in profound ways by making wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play and create. For the first three days of this camp, you will learn many programming concepts using three different programs, Snap!, Cellular, and Netsblox. On the fourth day, you and a partner will create your own app to showcase on Friday to your family and newly made friends! No programming experience is required.

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours

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

Camp Locations

The Engineering Day Camps takes place on NC State’s North Campus. The Jump Start camp and Computer Science Camps takes place on NC State’s Centennial Campus. 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 area teachers and undergraduate and graduate students, with some visits with NC State faculty.

Camp Fees

  • Total Cost: Raleigh: $425 for a week of camp (including daily lunch)
  • Total amount: Due May 10, 2019
  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid may be available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, families must submit an online financial aid application included in the application website.

Applying to Camp


All students entering 9th or 10th grade in the Fall 2019 are encouraged to apply, including home-schooled and out-of-state students.

Applying Online

The only way to apply is by logging in to our Summer Programs Portal, which will be available between January 14 and April 5, 2019.  Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and check on the status.

Application Components

Your son or daughter is required to submit a response to two short statements about two goals that they would like to achieve at camp and what is something that they learned that excited them. The submission is typed into the online application.

Application Time Line

The deadline to apply is April 5, 2019. You will be notified of acceptance on April 29, 2019.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions will be based on student interest as determined by his or her response of two short personal statements noted in Application Components above. 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.