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Summer Programs for Middle School Students

Raleigh Day Camps

Campers learn in collaborative groups how engineers help society, and they experience engineering themselves through hands-on, creative investigations and design challenges. New activities are introduced each year, and every activity gives a unique perspective on the Engineering Design Process. Past activities have included designing earthquake-proof bridges, solar-powered boats, SNAP programming, nitrogen ice cream and many more fun challenges!

Middle school campers participate in an activity in camp.

Camp Information


Rising 6th – 8th Graders

Imagine Engineering Camp I: 6th-8th -> July 6 – 10, 2020
Imagine Engineering Camp II: 6th-8th -> July 13 – 17, 2020

Computer Science: Imagine, Design and Code Camp ->July 20 – 24, 2020

Imagine Engineering Camps I and II are held on the main campus of NC State University, and the curriculum is new every year. Rising 6th through 8th graders may attend either week of camp, but not both as their curriculum is identical.

The Imagine, Design and Code Camp is held on Centennial Campus.  This camp will introduce various ideas about computer science and technology. Campers will have the opportunity to design, code and display their ideas through various planned activities. Over the course of the week, they will work individually and in groups to consider various ways that computer science is visible in our society by using design thinking skills. No programming experience is required.

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Camp Logistics

Camp Hours

Students 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. Camps are held on NC State’s North and Centennial campuses. Students may take brief field trips to other campus locations or nearby engineering locations.


Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. All 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

Imagine Engineering Camp activities will cover a variety of engineering fields and skills. 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 the engineering camp. At the end of the day, all students gather to present their tested and improved designs. We usually have one field trip at camp related to projects on which the students are working.

The Imagine, Design and Code Camp will introduce various ideas about computer science and what you can do with technology. Campers will have the opportunity to design, code and print their ideas through the various activities we have planned. Over the course of the week, we’ll work individually and in groups to consider various ways that computer science is visible in our society by using the design thinking skills the campers are going to gain while in camp. No programming experience is required.

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, families must submit the financial aid application included in the application website.

Applying to Camp


All students entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2020 are welcome to apply. Home-schooled students are encouraged to apply, as well.

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, 2020. You will be notified of acceptance by April 27, 2020. Full payments are due on May 8, 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.