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 2016 (ages as of June 1st)
- Half-Day Camps, ages 5 - 7 (must be kindergarten ready)
- Half-Day Camps, ages 6-7 (must have completed kindergarten)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 8-10 (must have completed 2nd grade)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 9-12 (must have completed 3rd grade)
- Full-Day Camps, ages 10-13 (must have completed 4th 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 4 weeks prior to start date of your camp session.
50% refunds (based on the program’s total tuition cost) will be given 8-4 weeks prior to start date of camp (50% cancellation fee).
25% processing fee for any cancellations made prior to 8 weeks before start date of camp.
$25 processing fee for any changes in dates.
All cancellation requests must be made in writing or by phone with a confirmation e-mail.
Registration for Summer 2016 will open this November!
LABracadabra - the Magic of Science
LABracadabra! Discover the magic of science while investigating magnetism, polymers, gases, vibrations, colors and light. Create your own magic wand and cast a levitation spell. Learn how to do the infamous dancing sand and trick. Is it magic or science? Join us and find out for yourself.
Half-Day Camps, ages 6-7 (8:30 a.m. - Noon) - Tuition TBD
Once upon a time long, long ago there was a fairy tale character with a real problem that needed a solution. Abracadabra -engineering to the rescue! Help characters like Jack-in-the-Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs find their happily
ever after. Good design always wins out in the end. Even the big bad wolf is sure to be enchanted by engineering!
Mechanical Engineering: Gadget Gang
What do you get when you combine engineering with a kid's imagination and curiosity? Gadgets, doohickeys and thingamabobs, of course! Spend a fun-filled week designing, building, testing and playing with toys that you engineer. Each toy will be based on a different type of simple machine and have moving parts. These gadgets are sure to bring out the mechanical engineer in you!
Aerospace Engineering: Flying is for the Birds
Put your birdbrain to work while you explore Aerospace Engineering. Investigate how birds have inspired engineers to build flying machines. Discover other animals that fly - even some that don't have wings! Use these creatures as inspiration for daily design sessions in which you will build and test your own flying contraptions . Your imagination and engineering skills are sure to take flight with this camp.
Civil Engineering: Block Heads
Calling all blockheads! Put your construction skills to good use exploring Civil Engineering. Design and build structures out of different sizes and kinds of blocks, from Legos to shoe boxes. Engineer walls, arches, bridges, towers and stairs and come up with 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.
Full-Day Camps, ages 8-10 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - Tuition TBD
BLASTEM: A Celebration Blast for STEM
Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks inspired bottle rockets, fountains, spinners and more. Create your own pop-rocks ice cream and pop-rocket art work. Engineer a super soaker.
Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Mayhem
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. Participate in the Dr. Seuss Challenge to see who can engineer the craziest machine! Discover how to "power up" your designs. This camp is sure to bring out the inventor in you.
Systems Engineering: Kid E Corps of Engineers
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, and dive to the deep sea. Engineer an amusement park ride that no kids (or Lego people) can resist. Investigate the different disciplines of engineering and explore what the Army Corps of Engineers do.
Aerospace Engineering: Sprockets
This summer have a blast exploring aerospace engineering. Design and build different types of “sprockets” (aka – safe, practical rockets) out of household materials. Investigate ways to generate thrust and lift so that your sprocket can climb higher. Predict and track the trajectory of sprocket flight. Learn how to Engineer recovery systems and landing devices. Don’t let anyone tell you that this ain’t rocket science!
Civil Engineering: Disaster Design
Warning! there's a natural disaster headed our way and you need to be prepared. Learn how civil engineers design and construct buildings, roads, bridges and dams to withstand natural disasters. Spend a week designing and engineering mini-public works and then see if they can withstand kid-made floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Engineering Happily Ever After: Leadership Academy for Future Female Engineers
Once upon a time, girls couldn't solve their own problems - or at least that is what fairy tales would like us to believe! What girl needs a gallant knight to save her when she can use imaginative thinking and engineering principles to come up with a creative design solution? Spend a week working on fairy tale inspired design challenges and learning about real engineering. By week's end you'll be engineering, happily ever after.
Explore the world of computer programming with the Raspberry Pi - a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. The Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects. During this camp you will work with computer scientists to build your raspberry pi and design multiple small projects that utilize it. On the final day of camp there will be a project showcase for parents AND you will take your Raspberry Pi home with you.
Full-Day Camps, ages 10-13 (8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.) - Tuition TBD
Lego MINDSTORMS Robotics
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 11-14 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - Tuition TBD
Engineering Alternative Energy
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.
Explore the fields of engineering while discovering what makes each one unique and also how they overlap. Develop your own engineering skills while participating in design activities related to each field. Explore the latest in Robotics and computer engineering. Learn about the Grand Challenges for Engineering and join a multi-discipline team to tackle a design challenge of your own.
Leadership Academy for Future Female Engineers L.A.F.F.E.
Join your fellow female engineers and spend a fun-filled week learning about the contributions women have made to the field of engineering. Discover women who helped engineer vehicles used in ocean and space exploration, then design and build your own underwater ROV and Mars rover. Investigate properties of Kevlar and learn about the woman who invented it. Focus on a Grand Challenge for Engineering: providing access to clean, fresh water.
Spend a week with aerospace engineering camp and experience firsthand the principles of flight as you learn to “fly” in a vertical wind tunnel. Use the understanding you gain from your body flight to improve the lift and thrust of the planes you design. Learn how to minimize drag and introduce elements of flight control into your designs. Engineer your own mini-wind tunnel to test your plane designs. Compete in the Seahawk Summer Classics paper airplane competition.
Gear up for a powerful week of engineering fun as you gain a mechanical advantage this summer. Learn how mechanical engineers use the principles of force and motion to design, build and operate machines with moving parts. Investigate the impacts of friction on design performance. Utilize hydraulics and pneumatics in your designs. Engineer a simple engine to power a machine.
Put your civil engineering talents to the test as you design and construct public works such as bridges, towers, and dams. Relive the origins of Civil Engineering as you create an aqueduct and trebuchet. Discover why civil engineers need to understand the geology and hydrology of a site before they can build on it as you develop your own "foundations". Learn how engineers modify designs to withstand natural disasters. Explore the green building industry.
Explore the world of computer programming with the Arduino - an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects. Arduino senses the environment by receiving inputs from many sensors, and affects its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment. You can even use it to control simple robots! On the final day of camp there will be a project showcase for parents AND you will take your Arduino home with you. **Please note: soldering irons will be used
Full-Day Camps, ages 13-16 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - tuition TBD
VEX Competition Robotics
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.