Youth Programs

Engineering & Robotics

Engineering & Robotics Fall Programs

Engineering Expectations Invites You to Engage Your Mind

Engineering Expectations is an innovative program at UNCW that teaches elementary and middle school students problem solving skills by giving them unique engineering challenges. Students not only learn science and engineering but also communication skills, creativity, optimism, collaboration, 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 we give your child the skills to succeed in engineering and life!

Engineering Explorations (ages 6-7 & 8-9) and Engineering Expectations (ages 10-11 & 12-14) encourage creative problem solving using the engineering design process. Each month will have a different theme that presents a unique problem to the students that they will use engineering to solve along with applying their science, technology, and mathematics knowledge.

  • 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (please send snack and drink)
  • Engineering Explorations: $95 for all 4 sessions or $29 per program
  • Engineering Expectations: $100 for all 4 sessions or $30 per program


Amazing Assistive Technology

September 17th for 6-7 & 8-9

September 24th for 10-11 & 12-14

Assistive and adaptive technologies are a growing part of the work of biomedical engineers. Design and implement your own engineering solutions to genuine problems for people with physical limitations. You may just engineer a way to a better life!


Spooky Spiders

October 15th for 6-7 & 8-9

October 22nd for 10-11 & 12-14

For thousands of years, spiders have been creating an amazing material that has great potential for engineers - silk! Discover the astounding properties of silk while exploring its many uses in the scientific community. Engineer a spider to spook your friends for Halloween!


Remarkable Robotics

November 12th for 6-7 & 8-9

November 19th for 10-11 & 12-14

Celebrate National GIS (geographic information systems) day by programming robots to explore the world according to geographic coordinates. Then, discover the world of computer programming as you help your robot escape a corn maze. Program your way to success using our latest technology equipment including Ozobots, Spheros, or Makey Makey.


Brainy Bobsleds

December 3rd for 6-7 & 8-9

December 10th for 10-11 & 12-14

Construct a bobsled to race down your very own bobsled track. Determine the best combination of sled and track to minimize friction and maximize kinetic energy. Hopefully you will slide your way to victory using the engineering design process.

Activities are age-differentiated for each group and encourage creative problem solving using the engineering design process.

If you signed up for the semester series option and you are concerned that you will miss one of the programs, please note that we can package some of the activities with instructions for students to do at home. We can make these packets available to you the week after the program has taken place (you will need to pick them up from campus).

Get your mind in gear with Engineering Expectations!