Youth Programs

Engineering & Robotics
Engineering & Robotics Saturday Program!

Registration Now Open for Fall Saturday Programs!

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!

Semester Theme - Engineering Industries

Our Fall 2017 Programs will be focused on introducing a different engineering industry each month to explore and focus the student’s interest. Our participants apply their science and math knowledge to solve real world engineering problems in a fun, educational, and enjoyable environment. By the end of each program, the students will be empowered to think like an engineer and solve industry specific problems with innovative solutions. 

  • 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (please send snack or drink)
  • $95 for all 4 sessions or $28 per Individual program.

Defending The Nation!

The U.S. Aerospace and Defense industry is the world's leading innovator and producer of technologically advancesd aircraft, space, and defense systems. In this impactful industry, engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and implementing solutions that protect our country from the front line to cyberspace. Join us this month as we explore the forces of flight, projectile motion, and cyber-attacks with several exciting engineering design challenges.

  • September 16th, Ages 6-7, 8-9
  • September 30th, Ages 10-11, 12-14
Smart Car

Safe Smart Cars!

Since the late 19th century, engineers have improved performance, safety, and sustainability of automotive vehicles. Advances in technology have also allowed engineers to design cars, buses, and trains with a wide variety of electronic conveniences. In our Safe Smart Cars program, students will first design and/or program their own automobile according to criteria like a real engineer. They will get to test and improve their vehicles to make sure they are engineered for success.

  • October 14th, Ages 6-7, 8-9
  • October 28th, Ages 10-11,  12-14

Medical Minions!

Did you know engineers work in the healthcare industry? Students will learn how engineers create solutions that help improve, sustain, and evolve human and animal health. Our younger students will explore how to repair and replace broken bones with casts and prosthetics, while our older students build and test several medical devices.

  • November 4th, Ages 6-7. 8-9
  • November 18th, Ages 10-11, 12-14

Engineering Elves!

Manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the U.S. and the world. Engineers in this industry develop processes and solutions to produce a quality product fast and cheap. In this month's program, students will design a product like greeting cards, fidget spinners, and bouncy balls. Then they will work in teams to develop and test a process to produce their products in bulk.

  • December 2nd, Ages 6-7, 8-9
  • December 9th, Ages 10-11, 12-14