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 activities. 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

2017

Rising 6th – 8th Graders

Raleigh Middle School Camp I: June 26 – 30, 2017
Raleigh Middle School Camp II: July 10 – 14, 2017
NEW Girls Snap It! Craft It! Print It! Camp: July 17 – 21, 2017


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. The Girls Snap It! Craft It! Print It! Camp is held on Centennial Campus and curriculum remains similar year to year. Select the links below to find out all of the important information.

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.

Food

Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. All dietary needs will be accommodated.

Camp Staff

Camp will be staffed by schoolteachers, engineering students and NC State engineering staff members.  The staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1:8.

A Typical Day at Camp

Camp I and II 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 Girls Snap It! Craft It! Print It! Camp will introduce various ideas about computer science and what you can do with technology. The girls 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 girls are going to gain while in camp. No programming experience is required.

Camp Fees

Total Cost: $400 for a week of camp (including daily lunch)

Total amount: Due May 5, 2017

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

Eligibility

All students entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2017 are welcome to apply. Home-schooled students are encouraged to apply, as well. Only girls will be allowed to apply for the Girls Snap It! Craft It! Print It! Camp.

Applying Online

The only way to apply is by logging in to our Summer Programs Portal, which will be available between January 9 and March 24, 2017. 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:

  • Why do you want to attend engineering camp?
  • What have you recently learned that excited you?

The submission is typed into the online application.

Application Time Line

The deadline to apply is March 24 2017. You will be notified of acceptance by April 17, 2017. Full payments are due on May 5, 2017.

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.