Engineering Expectations

Summer Enrichment - Ages 12-17 Heading Banner

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Thank you for considering sending your child to our Engineering Expectations summer programs! We strive to provide the best possible experience for your child during their time at Engineering Expectations. In order to ensure a quality experience, we have created a variety of different programs that are suited for appropriate ages and maturity levels. If you are interested in your child learning about a specific engineering discipline, please review our 12-17 Engineering Camps by Discipline Chart.

Please note: You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin. Prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Payment Plans are available for these programs.

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Ages 12-14:

Ages 15-17:


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Lego Mindstorms Sr. heading banner

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 learn computer programming skills that will allow you to control your robot in many different ways. Start by learning basic commands, then graduate to learning loops, 'if then' statements, and comparison blocks. Each day you will build on what you've learned during the week to program your robot to complete challenges and incorporate sensors. Make a drag racing robot, program your robot to follow a flashlight, and shoot a basketball. Compete in some friendly competitions throughout the camp. On the final day of camp you and your partner will demonstrate your robot in a parent presentation.

Activities: Create cooperative dancing robots with your classmates, model a smart car, and utilize sensors to complete challenges

Highlight: Build your own “battle bot” and participate in our battle robot round robin competition

Girl excited about robot

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

June 18 - 22

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $395
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Lego Mindstorms Sr., click here

GERLS (Girls Engineering Real Life Solutions) heading banner

Come learn how female engineers solve real life problems using their engineering skills! You will learn about material science and test how specific materials such as Kevlar (invented by a female!) can be used to design and engineer body armor specifically for women. After learning about assistive and adaptive technologies, you will have the opportunity to build and test a wheelchair using real engineering constraints. Using imaginative thinking and your new engineering skills, you'll be able to come with creative solutions to any of life's problems!

Activities:  Design and engineer body armor for the female form, hear our staff engineer talk about her experiences helping clean up polluted water abroad and then build your own water filter, and create your own ergonomic wheelchair

Highlight:  Learn about assistive technologies and 3D print your own prosthetic for an injured animal

Girl showing off solar oven

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

June 18 - 22

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $340
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Girls only
To apply for GERLS, click here

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Are you interested in learning about computer programming with other girls in a fun and creative environment? Join us this summer as we introduce object oriented programming using a software called ‘Alice’ that was developed at Carnegie Mellon. This program allows the students to create their own virtual world using drag and drop graphics that can be controlled with programming. Explore how to incorporate functions, simple control structures, events, and more in your animated program. Discover if a career in computer programming, gaming or animation could be for you!

Activities: Learn from computer scientists how to use 3D animations to tell stories using a drag and drop programming structure

Highlight: Show off your computer programmed 3D graphic story during the parent presentation on the last day of camp

Girls on computer coding

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

June 25 - 29

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $375
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Girls only
To apply for Adventures with Alice, click here

Aerospace Engineering heading banner

Spend a week with aerospace engineering camp and experience firsthand the principles of flight as you learn to “fly” in a vertical wind tunnel on our field trip to Paraclete-XP.  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. Test your wing design in a wind tunnel that you engineer.  Learn about the Grand Challenges of Engineering and engineer a tool of scientific discovery to learn about how to build a rocket to explore Mars.

Activities: Engineer a glider, design an airplane wing and test in our wind tunnel, launch bottle rockets, and more

Highlight:  Take a field trip to Paraclete-XP in Fayetteville to learn about body flight and fly in their indoor vertical wind tunnel.

Boy testing airplane

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates: July 9 -13
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $425
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Aerospace Engineering, click here

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Explore the world of computer programming with the Arduino - an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino senses the environment by receiving inputs from many sensors, and affects its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. Use LEDs, switches, resistors, capacitors, transistors, motors, LCD screens, and more to build circuits. Once the electronics components are in place, you’ll learn to program them in a specific way incorporating both the hardware and software aspects of computer science and computer engineering. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment. 

On the final day of camp there will be a project showcase for parents and you will take your Arduino home with you.

Activities: Display messages through programming your Arduino and LCD screen, Mix colors with LEDs, and control a robotic car using your Arduino board and motors

Highlight: Take your Arduino and electronic kit home after your parent presentation to continue the programming and electronics projects at home!

Boy working on project

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

July 16 - 20

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $435
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Coding with Arduino, click here

Mechanical Engineering Heading Banner

Gear up for a powerful week of engineering fun as you gain a mechanical advantage this summer.  Join us and 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 to lift an object.  Engineer a thermodynamic device to help prevent all three forms of heat transfer.

Activities:  Design a wave pendulum to model harmonic motion, engineer a motorized car, use our 3D printer to design and print your own gears

Highlight: Use the engineering design process to create a Rube Goldberg machine to complete a task.

Girl with project

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates: July 16 - 20
Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $350
Age: 12-14
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Mechanical Engineering, click here 

Civil Engineering Heading Banner

Start the week by reliving the origins of civil engineering as you create an aqueduct and a trebuchet. Learn what types of problems civil engineers might work to solve, especially those relevant to the Wilmington area. Explore modern civil engineering issues and challenges civil engineers face trying to design public works around water, in the air, and underground. On Friday, we will conclude the week by focusing on the Grand Challenge of Engineering: Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure. Learn how engineers are involved in many aspects of city planning as we can our own cities and universities with engineering in mind.

Activities:  Use engineering design process to build a bridge then test how much force it can withstand with our Vernier bridge testing equipment, build a trebuchet and participate in our fun competition, and engineer a sustainable city based on green engineering principles

Highlight:  Try out some of the surveying techniques that civil engineers use with guest speakers from a local engineering firm. Take a field trip to the Port to see "big" engineering in action.

Boy building bridge

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates: July 23 - 27
Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $350
Ages: 12-14
Gender: Co-ed

To apply for Civil Engineering, click here


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Do you ever wonder how a football got its unique shape? Have you been curious about why a golf ball has dimples? Learn the answers to these questions and more in our sports engineering camp this summer! Engineer a football helmet for one of our 3D printed skulls to help absorb momentum transfer after learning about materials engineering. Use our force sensors to quantify your data and improve your helmet to come up with the optimum design. You’ll also be able to 3D print your own hockey pucks and take them through the prototype and manufacturing process.

Activities:  engineer a helmet to prevent concussions, discover how force and momentum are related to sports, design and build your own tennis racket, engineer your own shoes to help you run faster, and more

Highlight:  Discover how engineers help all sports and athletes through all areas of their games be better.

Boy with manufactured shoe

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

June 25 - 29

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $375
Ages: 15-17
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Sports Engineering, click here

Programming and Web Development heading banner

Looking to develop your programming skills? Come join us for our coding boot camp this summer taught by computer scientists. Learn many different programming languages syntax and complete coding challenges that will be differentiated for various ability levels. Coding skills are becoming more important in the 21st century and this camp will help take your skills to the next level. Programming languages to be covered include html, css, php, javascript, python and more. Build your own website using techniques learned in the various programming languages. No previous programming experience is required.

Activities: Develop a functional, interactive website with string sanitizing for cybersecurity

Highlight: Learn to programming using many different programming languages including html, javascript, python and more

Boy on computer

Program Dates and Tuition

Summer 2018 Dates:

July 23 - 27

Time:
8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuition: $375
Ages: 15-17
Gender: Co-ed
To apply for Programming & Web Development, click here

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