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Residential Summer Programs for High School Students

Raleigh Residential Camps

Each summer, the College of Engineering at NC State University offers rising 11th and 12th grade high school students the opportunity to experience engineering and get a glimpse of college life while staying on the NC State campus in Raleigh. The residential program allows students to explore a particular field of engineering in more depth while staying on campus in residential university housing.

High school campers participate in pulp and paper workshop.

2022 Camp Information

Rising 11th – 12th Graders

Residential Camp I: June 19 – 24, 2022 (camp full)
Residential Camp II: June 26 – July 1, 2022 (camp full)
Residential Camp III: July 10 – 15, 2022 (camp full)

Openings are still available for the Virtual ISE Camp!

NC State offers rising 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to explore engineering and college life at NC State through our residential HS programs. Students spend a week on campus, live in university housing, eat in the dining halls, meet diverse students and immerse themselves in a specific engineering workshop of their choosing.

Typical Week at Camp

Students arrive early Sunday afternoon and are welcomed by staff with an orientation program and a camp-wide welcome dinner. Individual workshops run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with camp-wide activities in the afternoons and evenings. Friday morning, parents are invited to attend a showcase of student work, and the camp wraps up at noon on Friday.

Workshop Topics

Choosing Workshops

Students will spend their entire week at camp immersed in a particular engineering workshop. They may choose from a wide variety of topics, although note, not all topics are offered all weeks.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate workshop changes once an admissions decision has been made.

Students are encouraged to read each program description carefully so that they can choose ones that spark their interest. Providing additional workshop choices will increase the likelihood that a student is accepted as space is limited.

This summer each applicant will only be admitted to a single workshop.

When is the workshop offered?

July 10 – 15, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Biological engineering is the combined application of engineering principles and biological sciences. From molecules and microbes to large ecosystems, biological engineers design solutions to real-world problems. Working with faculty and engineering students, participants will have a hands-on research experience using current technologies. This summer program is designed to give students an understanding of the diverse topics of biological engineering while allowing them to focus on the integration of two interest areas, machine systems and bioprocess engineering.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 26 – July 1, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

One of the major items used to measure the success of a culture or civilization involves the complexity of their buildings, structures, transportation systems and water management systems. These fundamental aspects of everyday life are the focus of the different disciplines contained within civil engineering. How do we efficiently design for natural occurrences such as floods, storms, hurricanes and earthquakes for our buildings and structures? How do we provide efficient transportation for people and products? How do we manage our water supply systems for both current and future needs? How do we build for today while preserving and protecting our environment for tomorrow? Summer camp at NC State in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering will provide a variety of hands-on experiences and interactive tasks to serve as an introduction into these diverse topics that provide the basis of our civilization.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 26 – July 1, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Participants in the Ecological Engineering Summer Camp Program will learn about engineering design used to improve water and air quality and enhance the sustainability of our natural resources. Participants will experience several facets of environmental and ecological engineering, including measuring the impacts of storm water treatment practices, assessing stream health and examining water flow through natural and man-made systems. This workshop includes a mix of indoor instruction and outdoor field experiences. Students should be ready to get wet and muddy tromping around in wetlands and streams! Like all fields of engineering, there are computer-aided aspects to ecological engineering. Students will learn and apply design and analysis skills.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 26 – July 1, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Materials are everywhere, and materials engineers are tasked with making stuff smarter, faster, stronger, cleaner, and most importantly, better! That’s why materials engineers are essential in many job fields: energy, medical devices, manufacturing, semiconductors, advanced textiles, aircraft and automotive and the list goes on. You will learn about the fundamental classes of materials such as metals, plastics, ceramics and composites in addition to cutting-edge research in nanomaterials, biomaterials, energy materials and microelectronics. Daily activities will involve hands-on experiments including melting glass, growing bismuth crystals, examining the micro- and nanoscale of objects with electron microscopes, fracturing samples in our mechanical testing lab and freezing objects with liquid nitrogen. You will also have plenty of time to connect with fellow prospective engineers as you enjoy nano-ice cream breaks and our famous silly putty drop from the rooftop of NC State’s DH Hill Library.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 19 – 24, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Come experience the sustainable and renewable future! In the emerging “green economy,” materials are being made out of renewable biomass instead of petrochemicals and minerals, water is being re-used and conserved efficiently and energy is being generated from renewable biofuels. The paper industry is leading the way to the green economy. Cellulose, the most predominant biomaterial, is completely renewable, sustainable and recyclable. 

This workshop combines engaging presentations with exciting hands-on activities involving the creation, evaluation and life cycle of sustainable and renewable products. Examples might include generating green electrical energy and biofuels using biomass and cellulosic ethanol, working with biomaterials of the future such as printed electronics, using surface chemistry to separate ink from paper fibers when recycling paper and making bioplastics or gels using plant materials instead of oil

Campers will be asked to think critically and creatively to find solutions to the challenges facing a sustainable future.

You may think of the pulp, paper and packaging industry as ordinary, but the industry is ready to do some extraordinary things in changing to the economy of the future! Come and learn what your future will hold in the new bio-economy!

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) in the College of Natural Resources.

You may think of the paper industry as ordinary, but the industry is ready to to do some extraordinary things in changing to the economy of the future! Come and learn what your future will hold in the new bio-economy!

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) in the College of Natural Resources.

When is the workshop offered?

June 26 – July 1, 2022 Virtual
July 10 – 15, 2022 In-Person

What is the workshop all about?

Do you like solving problems and making things better? As industrial and systems engineers, we make systems work more efficiently or effectively to meet the needs of society. These are the systems that deliver your experience at Disney, meet the growing demand for healthcare, design supply systems for everything you consume or use, oversee transportation and logistics, or manufacture from cosmetics to 3D printed hips. ISE puts the humans into the system and makes it all work together.

This program will provide a crash course in solving problems (e.g., to match supply and demand in healthcare during an infectious disease outbreak, deliver humanitarian aid after a disaster, scale a manufacturing system for biologicals, or evaluate virtual reality for sports training). Participants will join a team of varying interests and capabilities to solve an unmet need. Participants will also hear from working professionals about jobs and salaries in ISE.

Special funding has been identified for this camp that will cover partial camp fees, based on need and number or requests.

Visit this website for more information about the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 19 – 24, 2022
June 26 – July 1, 2022
July 10 – 15, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

This program offers students the opportunity to learn about aeronautics, mechanical systems and electronic controls. Classroom work will include topics from airfoil and aircraft performance to structures and propulsion. Hands-on activities in the wind tunnel and building labs will reinforce concepts introduced during lectures. Experiences during the week will expose participants to the basic principles of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Working with faculty and current engineering students, each participant will apply these basic principles to construct a model airplane, which they will fly at a local field. Other activities will include field trips to local area airports and opportunities to use flight simulator programs.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 19 – 24, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

It is no secret that programming makes the world go round these days. We will be learning Python in this camp. Python has become one of the most popular and powerful programming languages in addition to being one of the most approachable languages. Throughout this camp, we will discuss how data is stored and how code flows. We will study the principles of software engineering and how to effectively design, analyze, and debug code. This camp will allow you to learn programming concepts by doing in an interactive, project-based environment. Coupling these fundamental concepts with existing libraries will allow us to create compelling projects that creatively solve problems and create something beautiful. This session covers introductory Python concepts and requires no prior knowledge, just a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm to create.

Visit this website for more information about the Department of Computer Science.

When is the workshop offered?

June 19 – 24, 2022
June 26 – July 1, 2022
July 10 – 15, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Engineering, especially electrical engineering, can seem completely unrelated from medicine. When people think about electrical engineering in the context of medicine, they may only think of smart watches and other wearable devices. However, three of the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century as laid out by the National Academy of Engineering have to do with the field of medicine while many more have huge repercussions for the health of humans. In this camp, we will investigate how electrical engineers not only power, but also empower, the medical field to engineer better medicines, advance health informatics, and reverse engineer the brain.

In addition to wearable electronics, electrical engineers play a key role in reverse engineering the brain by creating devices that can monitor and control the electrical impulses sent through the body’s nervous system. While many may think of personal computing devices as driving innovation in micro and nano electronics and power technology, it is really implantable devices that are providing the strongest catalyst. Electrical engineers are even responsible for designing the computer architectures and algorithms used for modeling disease spread, determining risk factors, and detecting disease. Electrical engineers improve our lives in many different ways, however, one of the strongest impacts they have on humanity is powering healthcare. In this camp, we will investigate these applications all while learning the fundamentals of circuits and programming to allow you to develop your own solution to improve the material condition of those around you.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

June 19 – 24, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

What defines your success? As biomedical engineers, we strive to improve the quality of life for patients and those who care for them through innovating medical solutions. This program will provide a crash course in the process of innovating medial solutions through an experiential learning environment including problems faced by real medical professionals, need statement development, brainstorming, prototyping and performing an investor pitch. This multifaceted endeavor will encourage true collaboration across multiple disciplines including engineering, biology and medicine. Participants will join a team of varying interests and capabilities and dive deep into solving a real unmet medical need. No two projects will be the same and participants’ innovation will surprise both counselors and campers alike. Teams will work to develop a proof of concept prototype to impress investors and demonstrate the potential for improving patient health and quality of life.

Visit the website for more information about the Joint UNC/NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering.

When is the workshop offered?

July 10 – 15, 2022

What is the workshop all about?

Chemical and biomolecular engineers are sometimes called the “universal engineers” because they are extremely versatile and able to solve a wide range of technical problems. During this camp, students will get a big-picture view of the diverse applications of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Each day will focus on a different technology application: biotechnology, sustainability (energy and the environment) and entrepreneurship. In each focus area, students will interact with professors who will share cutting-edge research, participate in hands-on laboratory demonstrations and tour university facilities including the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center.

Visit the website for more information about the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

2022 Workshop Dates

6/19 – 6/246/26 – 7/17/10 – 7/15Workshop Title
  XBioenergy Systems
X Building the World We Live
 X Ecological Engineering
XEngineering a Sustainable Future with Biomass
X Engineering Better Stuff with Materials Science
Virtual XHumans in the System
XXLook Up! Way Up!
XPossibilities of Python
XXXPowering Medicine
 X The Human Machine
  XWe’ve Got the Solutions

Camp Logistics

Camp Arrival and Departure

Check-in is from 12:00pm to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. We will arrange to pick up any campers arriving via airplane, bus or train. It is important that campers plan on arriving prior to 2:00 p.m. so that they can attend camp orientation and the welcome dinner.

Parents are invited to attend closing ceremonies on Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. Checkout is by 1 p.m. If families are not in attendance, we can arrange for camper transportation to airports, train stations or bus depots after that.

Camp Hours

Each day begins with a breakfast in the dining hall. Workshops start at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with an hour for lunch in one of our dining facilities. Afternoon and evening activity options are scheduled each day. Campers have the opportunity to select activities that interest them most.

Camp Location

Campers will be housed in a residence hall on campus, two to a room. No roommate requests can be accommodated. Residence counselors supervise campers during afternoon and evening activities and throughout the evening. The camper-to-counselor ratio is approximately 1:10.

Food

Students will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining halls. Dietary needs will be accommodated. Be sure to note any dietary needs in your online application.

Camp Faculty and Staff

Camp workshops will be staffed by engineering faculty members and both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Residence counselors will supervise the students for all evening activities.

Camp Fees

  • Camp Fees: $1,225
    • (1 Non-Residential Humans in the System Virtual Camp: $375)
  • Total amount: Due May 6, 2022
  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid may be available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, a family must complete an online financial aid application.

Applying to Camp

Eligibility

All students entering 11th or 12th grade in the Fall 2022 are welcome to apply. We are unable to make exceptions for younger students. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply, as are students from out of state and out of the country. Please note, applicants are only admitted to a single week-long workshop each summer.

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 8, 2022.  Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and check on the status.

Application Components

Applicants are required to enter information into our online application tool from their high school transcripts, displaying courses and grades up through and including Fall 2021. Applicants will also be required to write two short statements concerning their interest in attending camp and problem solving. PSAT, SAT or ACT scores are NOT required, but we will consider them if submitted.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions will be based upon applicants’ academic achievements and demonstrated interest. Admitted students have typically earned A’s and B’s in math and science courses and have demonstrated a true desire to learn more about engineering. Acceptance into workshops is highly competitive.  Because space is limited, you increase your likelihood of acceptance by indicating multiple workshop topics and week selections.

Application Time Line

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2022. You will be notified of acceptance on May 2, 2022.