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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

2020 Rising 9th/10th Grade Camps

Engineering Camps

Imagine Engineering Camps: 9th/10th Day Camp Week 1 -> June 15 – 19, 2020
Imagine Engineering Camps: 9th/10th Day Camp Week 2 -> June 22 – 26, 2020

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.

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

Rising 9th/10th Grade Camp -> July 6 – 10, 2020

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.


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 8, 2020
  • 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 2020 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 13 and April 3, 2020.  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 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.

Application Time Line

The deadline to apply is April 3, 2019. You will be notified of acceptance on April 27, 2020.

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.