Youth Programs

Engineering & Robotics

Engineering & Robotics Saturday Programs

Get Your Mind in Gear with Engineering Expectations!


Spring 2017 Engineering Programs

Engineering Expectations Invites You to Engage Your Mind

Engineering Expectations is an innovative program at UNCW that teaches elementary and middle school students problem-solving skills by giving them unique engineering challenges to solve. Students not only learn science and engineering but also communication skills, creativity, optimism, collaborations, and tenacity. Through experiential learning, students take home the knowledge and confidence they gained through our program and sometimes even a small project they built themselves! Join us on Saturdays as your child gains skills through unique programs they can find nowhere else!

Our Spring 2017 Programs will be focused on introducing a different area of engineering each month to explore and focus the student's interests. Our participants apply their science and math knowledge to engineering problems to solve our fun challenges in a safe. educational, and enjoyable environment. By the end of the program, the students will be empowered to think like an engineer and solve problems in many disciplines of engineering with innovative solutions. 

Engineering Expectations encourage creative problem solving using the engineering design process. Each month will have a different theme that presents a unique problem to the students that they will use engineering to solve along with applying their science, technology, and mathematics knowledge. 

  • 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (please send snack and drink)
  • Engineering Explorations: $115 for all 5 sessions or $28 per individual program
  • Engineering Expectations: $120 for all 5 sessions or $29 per individual program

Chemical Engineering!

Did you know that chemical engineers help develop medicines, foods, paper, polymers and more? Chemical engineers devise ways to make products from raw materials and use chemistry to convert one material into another useful form. Make your own glue, lip balm, and more as you explore mixtures, emulsions, and polymers with Youth Program's own chemical engineer, Kathy Ibbotson!

  • January 14th (6-7, 8-9)
  • January 28th (10-11, 12-14)

Computer Programming!


Computers are everywhere we look, including in our homes, cars, schools, and even in our pockets. Being able to program computers is a vital skill in the 21st century. This February, each student will utilize age-appropriate technologies to learn coding including Arduinos, Makey-Makeys, Ozobots, and Bee-Bots. These tools make coding exciting and appealing while introducing students to a whole new skill set as the digital shift continues.

  • February 11th (6-7, 8-9)
  • February 25th (10-11, 12-14)

Civil Engineering!

Civil engineering has been in existence from the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids to the Mayan Temples. Today civil engineers do so much more from delivering clean drinking water to designing cities of the future. In our civil engineering program, the students will first design and build their own structures according to criteria just like real engineers do. Then they will get to put them to the test by using their very own wrecking ball machine to make sure that our structures are engineered for success.

  • March 11th (6-7, 8-9)
  • March 25th (10-11, 12-14)

Energy Engineering!

One of the more recent engineering disciplines to emerge is energy engineering as the importance of renewable and affordable energy sources increases. Students will learn about alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal power. Our older students will build and test a passive solar heating structure while our younger students explore horizontal or vertical axis wind turbines. Environmentally friendly sources of energy are a growing field of engineering which is sure to spark their interest.

  • April 22nd (6-7, 8-9)
  • April 29th (10-11, 12-14)

Aerospace Engineering!

Technology is still progressing in the field of aerospace engineering as the engineering design cycle is constantly improving the design and function of our aircrafts. Explore the four forces of flight using our Pocket Labs or Wind Tunnel and build your own aircraft. Rocket your way into summer with our Aerospace themed Saturday engineering program!

  • May 13th (6-7, 8-9)
  • May 20th (10-11, 12-14)