Engineering & Robotics
" My daughter Lucy will be attending Sprockets. She has loved the programs. We have been very impressed with both the staff and the content. (My husband is an electrical engineer and is very envious that these programs weren't available when he was 7!) It is so encouraging that you are willing to spend time and energy with these young students and encourage them in their engineering pursuits." - Fiona T., parent
Summer Camps 2015 (ages as of June 1st)
- 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)
Cancellation policy for engineering camps: No refunds will be given within 2 weeks prior to the start date of your camp session. A 25% cancellation fee (based on the full camp tuition) will be charged up to 2 weeks prior to camp start date. Please note that there will be a $25 processing fee for any changes in dates of enrollment.
Summer 2015 dates will be posted Fall 2014
Half-Day Camps, ages 6-7 (8:30 a.m. - Noon) - tuition TBD
Gadget Gang | TBD
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 | TBD
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 | TBD
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 |TBD
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.
Half-Day Camps, ages 10-13 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 2-week sessions, M-F - tuition TBD
Lego MINDSTORMS Robotics | TBD
Explore the world of robotics using Lego Mindstorms. You and a partner will work with computer scientists to build your robot on the first day. Then you will learn computer programming skills that will allow you to control it. Once you get the hang of it, you will learn some more advanced commands that will allow you to program your robot to do even more cool stuff. Learn how to use sensors. Compete in some friendly competitions throughout the camp. On the final Friday you and your partner will demo your robot in the camp showcase.
Full-Day Camps, ages 8-10 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - tuition TBD
Mechanical Mayhem | TBD
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 | TBD
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 | TBD
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 you explore Aerospace Engineering. Imagine, design and build your own flying contraptions as you learn how to generate lift and thrust to send your creations up, up and away!
Creature Tech: Biomimicry | TBD
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!
Full-Day Camps, ages 11-14 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - tuition TBD
Engineering Alternative Energy | TBD
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 efficiency. 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 | TBD
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. | TBD
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 and fly an underwater ROV and engineer a Mars Rover landing device. 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 | TBD
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 | TBD
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 | TBD
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 aqueduct and trebuchet. Discover why civil engineers need to understand the geology and hydrology of an environment before they can build on it as you develop your own "foundations". Learn how engineers plan for earthquakes and hurricanes. Explore the green building industry.
Full-Day Camps, ages 13-16 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - tuition TBD
VEX Competition Robotics | TBD
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.