Engineering & Robotics
Join us this summer for Engineering and Robotics camps hosted by UNCW Youth Programs. Below, you will find details and dates for the programs. Registration will be opened later in November 2013.
Summer Camps 2014
- Half-Day Camps, ages 6-7 (must have completed kindergarten)
- Half-Day Camps, ages 10-13 (must have completed 4th grade)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 8-10 (must have completed 2nd grade)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 11-14 (must have completed 5th grade)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 13-16 (must have completed 7th grade)
Gadget Gang | June 23 - 27; July 21 - 25
What do you get when you combine engineering with a little kid's imagination and curiousity? Gadgets, doohickeys and thingamabobs. Spend a fun-filled week designing, testing and playing with toys as you explore Mechanical Engineering.
Construction Critters | June 15 - 20
Did you know that beavers, bees and birds are some of nature's most talented engineers? Join us for a week of Biomimicry excitement learning how curious critters engineer some of nature's most remarkable structures like spider webs and coral reefs. Discover material science. Have fun building while developing your engineering skills.
Engineering is for the Birds | July 14 - 18
Put your birdbrain to work while you explore Aerospace Engineering. Investigate how birds have inspired engineers to build flying machines. Design and test flying contraptions of your own. Discover other animals that fly, even some that don't have wings!
Block Heads | July 7 - 11; July 28 - Aug. 1
Calling all blockheads! Put your construction skills to good use exploring Civil Engineering. Design and build structures out of different kinds of blocks. Engineer ways to reinforce and stabilize them. Then use our camp wrecking ball to try and knock them down. Blockheads are sure to roll before this camp is over
Lego MINDSTORMS Robotics | June 16 - 27; July 14 - 25
Explore the world of robotics using Lego Mindstorms. You and a partner will work with computer scientists and engineers to build your robot. Then you will learn computer programming skills that will allow you to control it. On Friday you and your partner will demo your robot in the camp showcase.
Mechanical Mayhem | June 23 - 27; July 21 - 25
Put your Mechanical Engineering skills to the test as we create total mayhem! Deconstruct simple machines and explore how they work. Imagine, design and create your own contraptions with moveable parts. Discover how to "power up" your machines. This camp is sure to bring out the inventor in you.
Kid E Corps of Engineers | July 7 - 11; July 28 - Aug. 1
Join the Kid E. Corps and develop your engineering skills as you design and build devices that will help you storm the castle, rocket to the moon, float in the deep sea and much more. Survey the different disciplines of engineering and explore what the Army Corps of Engineers do.
Sprockets | July 14 - 18
What do you get when you combine a giant spring, a rock and a space ship? A sprocket, of course! Put your engineering skills to the test as explore Aerospace Engineering. Imagine, design and build your own flying contraptions as you learn how to generate lift and thrust to send you creations up, up and away!
Creature Tech: Biomimicry | June 15 - 20
Did you know that squid movement was the inspiration for jet propulsion? Or that bat echolocation was the inspiration for sonar? Discover Biomimicry and learn how engineers imitate nature's best ideas to create new technological solutions for human problems. Join us for a week of Inspirational Engineering as we explore the science of biomimicry. You can learn a lot from Mother Nature!
Engineering Alternative Energy | June 22 - 27
Tackle one of the grand challenges of engineering - alternative energy production. Discover how engineers harness energy from the sun, wind and ocean. Design, build and test a solar energy collector. Explore coastal North Carolina wind farm initiatives while you learn how to redesign turbine blades for maximum efficency. Work in teams to engineer a device that will capture the energy of ocean waves. You are sure to be energized by this camp.
Engineering Explorations | June 15 - 20; July 28 - Aug. 1
Survey the fields of engineering while exploring what makes each one unique. Discover how different disciplines of engineering overlap and work together. Develop your own engineering skills while participating in activities related to each field. Discover the new science of Biomimicry. Learn about the Grand Challenges for Engineering and join a multi-discipline team to tackle a design challenge of your own.
L.A.F.F.E. | July 28 - Aug. 1
L.A.F.F.E. out loud with your fellow female engineers as you spend a fun-filled week learning about the contributions women have made to the field of engineering. Discover women who are exploring the deep ocean and outer space. Design gender appropriate body armor for our female soldiers that actually fits. Investigate the differences between so-called boy and girl toys then work in teams to create an engineering game with real girl power.
Aerospace Engineering | July 14 - 18
Since ancient times man has sought to take to the skies. Now you can spend a week building flying contraptions and learning the basic principles of flight. Study organisms that "fly". Design and test your own ornithopters, paper birds, styrofoam gliders, and rockets; then compete to see whose flies the highest or farthest. Investigate the elements of flight. Build a mini-wind tunnel to test aerfoils. Take a day trip to "fly" in a vertical wind tunnel and earn your aerospace engineering wings.
Mechanical Engineering | July 21 - 25
Gear up for a powerful week of engineering fun. Learn how mechanical engineers utilize the principles of force, energy and motion to design, build and operate machines with moving parts. Design and test mousetrap cars, roller coasters, brushbots, gyroscopes, simple engines and more. Discover the impact of heat and friction on machines. Work in teams to engineer a Rube Goldberg machine.
Civil Engineering | July 7 - 11
Put your engineering talents to the test as you design and construct public works such as bridges, tunnels and dams. Experience the origins of Civil Engineering as you create an aquaduct and trebuchet. Discover why civil engineers need to understand the geology and hydrology of the environment before they can build and learn how theys plan for earthquakes and hurricanes. Try out surveying.
VEX Competition Robotics | July 7 - 11
Explore the world of robots and computer programming with the VEX robotic design system. Work with computer scientists and engineers to design and build your robot. Then learn computer programming skills that will allow you to control your robot. On the final day of camp, compete against other robots in an all out robot tournament competition.