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Engineering & Robotics

Engineering Expectations Invites You to Engage Your Mind!

Engineering Expectations is designed to hook kids on engineering by engaging them in creative thinking and out-of-the-box problem solving. Our programs are project driven and highlight the engineering design process. We offer summer camps that explore different engineering disciplines, including aerospace, chemical, civil, and mechanical. If you aren't sure which discipline is for you, then try Engineering Explorations. We also offer novel programs such as biomimicry that feature nature as an engineer. We even provide young people with an opportunity to engineer history by recreating some of the amazing designs of man’s past. If the future is more to your liking, we also offer robotics. And we have an engineering leadership academy for girls. Once summer is over you can continue engineering with us on Saturdays.

Check out our informational brochure (PDF) and news article (PDF) featured inWilmington Parent.

Saturday programs for Winter/Spring Semester:

Join us for a Saturday filled with engineering excitement.


Programs will be held in the Natural Science Trailer. Please see grid 3C on thecampus map.

Engineering Explorations Programs (ages 6-7, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.)
Engineering Expectations Programs (ages 8-9 & 10-12, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Liability waiver for Saturday Morning Engineering Programs

Engineering Explorations (ages 6-7)

  • January 18- The Pied Piper
    Help!  The villagers need you to help engineer protective earmuffs that will block out the piper’s music and save their children.  Design your own musical instrument.
  • February 15- The Gingerbread Man
    Help!  The gingerbread man has run away and needs to cross a river in order to escape a hungry fox.  He needs you to engineer a raft to take him to safety.
  • March 15- Hansel & Gretel
    Help!  Hansel accidentally broke a window in the Witch’s candy house and he needs your help to engineer a replacement.  Gretel suggests you design a solution with sugar.
  • April 5- Aladdin & the Magic Lamp
    Help!  The genie is out of the bottle and can’t get back in.  He needs you to engineer a solution to his problem using temperature and air pressure.
  • May 3- The Little Mermaid
    Help!  Ariel has become human and can no longer breathe under the sea.  She needs you to engineer an underwater breathing apparatus.  Design your own submarine.

$17 each session | $80 for series

Register for Saturday Afternoon Engineering Explorations Today

Engineering Expectations (ages 8-9 & 10-12)

Engineering is SUPER!

Engineering is SUPER cool!

  • Janurary 25-
    Investigate electricity and magnetism with Magneto and Storm. Explore magnetic fields, levitation, electromagnetism and circuits.
  • February 22-
    Investigate polymer chemistry with Spiderman and  Toad. Explore slime

    goop and gak and more icky polymers. Create your own superhero ring.

  • March 22-
    Investigate metal alloys with Wonder Woman and Captain America. Explore the impacts of malleability and strength on your engineering designs.

  • April 26-
    Investigate shrinking and expanding with Ant Man, Shrinking Violet and the Hulk.  Explore the impacts of pressure and heat on your engineering designs.
  • May 17-
    Investigate solar energy with Superman and Sun Boy who gets their powers from the sun.  Explore the impacts of light absorption on your engineering designs.

$18 each session | $85 for series

Register for Saturday Afternoon Engineering Expectations Today

Get your mind in gear with Engineering Expectations!


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