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Summer Programs for High School Students

Raleigh Day Camps at NC State University Campus

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.

2023 Camp Information

Rising 9th/10th Grade Camps

Engineering Camps

Imagine Engineering Camps: 9th/10th Day Camp Week 1 -> June 19 – 23, 2023
Imagine Engineering Camps: 9th/10th Day Camp Week 2 -> June 26 – 30, 2023

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 introduces 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. Campers may attend either week of Imagine Engineering camp, but not both as their curriculum is identical. However, you are able to attend a week of Imagine Engineering Camp and Computer Science Camp, if selected.

Computer Science Camp

Art, Coding, Action!: Rising 9th/10th Grade Camp -> July 17 – 21, 2023

Skyscrapers, fireworks, suburbs and games! In this new computer science camp, campers will learn how to use programming to create their own masterpieces. Starting with simple graphics and game mechanics, campers build skills as they design casual and cooperative games like candy land, cards, and cooking mama. Throughout the week, campers will work in teams to collaborate on their own unique games and art creations. This is an introductory coding camp using block-based coding languages, prior experience not required.

Come join us!

Camp Details Below

High School Engineering Camp
Newly admitted women engineering students participate in Escape Camp, making lip balm.

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours

Campers 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

Detailed drop-off and pick-up locations will be provided upon acceptance. Activities take place on NC State’s College of Engineering campuses.


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. The staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1:8.

Camp Fees

  • Total Cost: Raleigh: $500 for a week of camp (including daily lunch)
  • Total amount: Due May 5, 2023
  • 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 6th through 8th in Fall 2023 are welcome to apply, including home-schooled, out-of-state or out-of-country students.

Applying Online

The only way to apply is by logging in to our Summer Programs Portal, which will be available between January 23 and April 2, 2023.  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 2, 2023. You will be notified of acceptance on May 1, 2023.

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.