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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.

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Saturday programs for Fall Semester:

Join us for a Saturday filled with engineering excitement.

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

Engineering Explorations Programs (ages 6-7, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Engineering Explorations Program (ages 8-9, 1:30 - 4:30 pm)

Engineering Expectations Programs (ages 10-13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Liability waiver for Saturday Morning Engineering Programs

Engineering Explorations (ages 6-7 & 8-9) $75 for series

  • September 13 - Afternoon on the Amazon
    Travel to the Amazon and help Jack and Annie engineer a canoe to paddle down the river. Engineering principles - buoyancy; trim.
  • October 11 - Night of the Ninjas
    Travel to ancient Japan and help Jack and Annie engineer a device to cast a shadow warrior. Engineering principles - reflection of light; simple circuits.
  • November 8 - Midnight on the Moon
    Travel to outer space and help Jack and Annie engineer a moon buggy to explore the lunar surface. Engineering principles - wheel and axle; pivot joint. 
  • December 6 - Knight at Dawn
    Travel to the middle ages and help Jack and Annie engineer a draw bridge to protect a castle. Engineering principle - pulley; counter weights.

Engineering Expectations (ages 10-13) $75 for series

  • September 20 - Concrete Canoes
    Engineer a mini-canoe made from concrete and test its ability to float, balance, and carry a load.
  • October 18 - Stealth Planes
    Learn about stealth technology and engineer a shape to test in our detection chamber.
  • November 15 - Lunar Explorer
    Use Mindstorm Robotics to engineer a lunar rover and determine what kind of wheels work best on the moon's surface.
  • December 13 - Drawbridge Competition
    Convert traditional wooden bridges into drawbridges.

Get your mind in gear with Engineering Expectations!


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