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Summer Programs (9th-12th graders)

4-H Camp

North Carolina 4-H Camp programs offer campers a great chance to learn, develop life skills and form attitudes that will help them to become self-directing and productive members of society. For more information, visit the 4-H Camp website.


Ag-DISCOVERY is a two-week residential camp for students designed to help high school students (age 14-17) learn about careers in plant science and veterinary medicine. Students live on the college campus and learn about science from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists. Participants gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character and team-building activities and diversity workshops. For more information, visit The Science House website.

Chinese Language and Culture

“Ni Hao” Wolfpack – Chinese Language and Culture Camp for rising 6th- rising 12 graders
At this interactive camp, rising 6th through rising 12th graders will enjoy a Chinese language and culture camp to help them learn about a new culture and get them excited to communicate with a larger world. The Confucius Institute at NC State University has been sharing Chinese language and culture since 2007 and specializes in community programs. At the end of the camp, we welcome families to come to the final performance to see what students have learned. This camp’s intention is to get your child excited about a new culture or help them continue their interest in Chinese. This camp will provide a taste of Chinese language and culture with Chinese words incorporated into all sessions of the camp.
Visit the website for more details.

Communication Camp

Communication Summer Camp is an intensive, five-day workshop designed for rising junior and senior high school students interested in television production, broadcasting, and public speaking. Students will learn to operate cameras, audio boards, write news copy, and present as on-air talent, culminating in a closed circuit “live broadcast” at week’s end. Campers must be recommended by their high school administrator prior to registration. Visit the website for more details.

Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs and Discoveries (CAALS 3-D) Project

The CAALS 3-D is a week-long day program that serves male, rising 11th and 12th graders from under-represented groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American). Students learn, under the guidance of NC State faculty mentors, cutting-edge scientific techniques in NC State laboratories. Students select research experiences in agriculture and life science disciplines such as biochemistry, biotechnology, organic agriculture, soil science, microbiology, plant biology, food science, and forensics. To further enhance the transdisciplinary nature of this project, students may also select research experiences in closely related disciplines within natural resources and textiles. For more information, visit the (CAALS 3-D) Project website.

Design Camp

Design Camp is an annual series of pre-college summer programs offered at NC State University College of Design to high school and middle school students who are interested in design. Design Camp informs students about college study in design and raises awareness of the impact of design in all aspects of our everyday lives. The skills in design thinking and creative experience gained at Design Camp can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future. For more information, visit the Design Camp

Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving (GAPS)

In addition to its eight-week sessions during the semester (see below), the GAPS program offers an abbreviated summer STEM experience for 8th-11th graders to learn about career opportunities in the geospatial sciences. Summer GAPS meets for four consecutive days, 9am-noon, and consists of a series of field trips to local organizations and universities where GIS and Geospatial Science are making a real-world impact every day. For more information, visit the GAPS website:

Livestock Science Camp

High school students with an interest in careers with animals, particularly farm animals, but not necessarily looking to go into veterinary medicine can explore the diverse options available. Participants will spend a week living on campus, engaging in hands-on lessons with livestock at the teaching farms and campus laboratories, tour local livestock industries, and develop leadership skills. No experience with livestock necessary! For more information, visit the Livestock Science Camp website.

NC-MSEN Summer Scholars Program

The NC State University NC-MSEN Pre-College Program offers a 2-week summer program on NC State’s campus. The program provides classes in math, science, robotics, communications, and career awareness for middle and high school students. The main focus of the program is to prepare students for the math course they are taking in the fall. Students are grouped together according to their current math class. Middle school students must attend the full-day program while high school students have the option to attend for a half-day or a full-day. Lunch is provided each day for students who attend the full-day program. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to participate in this program. For more information, visit the NC-MSEN website

Polymer Camp

Polymer Camp is a two-day workshop that is held at the end of July in the College of Textiles Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science by the faculty, staff and students. It is designed for high-school students that are interested in physical sciences and engineering, and attending NC State. Attendees will engage in hands-on laboratories and interactive sessions, learn about degree programs in TECS, scholarships in the College of Textiles, the admissions process for NC State, and will screen print their own NC State t-shirt. This program is open to all high school students but preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. For more information, visit the Polymer Camp website.

Poultry Science Summer Institute

The Poultry Science Summer Institute is a four-day, four-night conference for high school students with an interest in biological sciences or a career in the poultry industry. The institute is designed to broaden understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science. For more information, visit the Poultry Science Summer Institute website.

Resource Conservation Workshop

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs. The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus at NC State in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton. For information, check out the website.


SATELLITE (Science And Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership In Tomorrow’s Endeavors) is a five-day overnight camp for high school sophomores interested in STEM fields. This program involves a combination of lectures, hands-on activities, and field trips. Students will explore a variety of opportunities in STEM, as well as participating in leadership development activities. This program is open to 10th grade students from rural or underfunded communities in North Carolina. For more information, visit the SATELLITE website.

Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute

The Shelton Challenge is a six-day residential experience to help students expand their knowledge and skills of what it takes to be a leader. The program provides hands-on activities that assist developing young leaders to become more confident leaders back in their communities. Students will participate in activities that will help them have a greater understanding for: Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics; Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership; Leadership Traits and Approaches; Team building and Empowering Others; Civic and Social Responsibility; and Goal Setting. The Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are going into the 9th to 12th grades (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. For information, check out the website.

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)

SCIBLS is an opportunity for outstanding high school students interested in a career in science to participate in a college level program. SCIBLS participants take coursework for college credit – challenging students beyond high school academics. Participants will work in state of the art laboratories and practice cutting edge research techniques and skills. For more information, visit the SCIBLS website.

Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students

The College of Engineering offers high school students  two camp opportunities: a week long day camp for rising 9th and 10th graders and a week long residential camp for rising 11th and 12 graders. The week long day-camp introduces students to a variety of engineering fields through fun, yet challenging, hands-on projects and investigations. Activities are all related to research happening on NC State’s campus. By the end of the week, students will have a deeper understanding of the field of engineering and related career opportunities. The residential camp provides the opportunity to experience engineering, science, and technology through a variety of workshops presented by different engineering departments on campus. We also have fun and engaging activities scheduled for each evening. For more information, visit the Engineering Summer Programs website.

Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP)

STEP is a residential program for rising high school seniors to experience a taste of NC State life by working with College of Textiles professors in a project area of their interest. The project choices include apparel design, business/marketing, polymer chemistry, textile design, and engineering. The College of Textiles holds four one-week long sessions of STEP each summer. Participants live in a NC State residence hall; participate in presentations on degree programs, applying to NC State, the College of Textiles Centennial Scholarship application process; and work on a project related to a College of Textiles major; as well as take part in fun activities on and around campus. This program is for rising high school seniors only. For more information, visit the STEP website.

Teen Writers’ Workshop

Teen Writers Workshop is a nonresidential summer program that brings students to the NC State campus to study creative writing. The two-week afternoon workshop focuses on the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and genre fiction. TWW is open to artists in grades 9 through rising college freshman. For more information, visit the Teen Writers Workshop website.


VetCAMP is designed to allow pre-veterinary high school students to delve into the immense field of veterinary medicine. Students will hear from veterinarians in many different fields and take a behind the scenes tour of the NC State University Vet School. Lessons will be given on veterinary clinic basics, surgery, dissections and anatomy. For more information, visit the VetCAMP website.

Young Investigators’ Summer Program in Nuclear Engineering

Young Investigators in Nuclear Engineering  is a residential experience that engages participants in the role that nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors and graduating seniors. Participants will learn about: the development of energy sources for the U.S.; the detection of environmental pollutants; and how are nuclear methods revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatments.   For more information, visit the Young Investigators website.

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Programs Throughout the Year (9th-12th graders)

Engineering Bits & Bytes

Engineering Bits & Bytes Days are STEM curriculum enrichment experiences held on the NC State Centennial campus for students in elementary, middle and high school — grades 3 – 12. These are half-day events held once a semester and include age- and grade-appropriate hands-on engineering activities and often a tour of Hunt Library. For high school and older middle school groups, NC State undergraduate engineering students are available for a Q & A session about admission requirements, scholarships, college life, and suggestions on how best to prepare now for the college experience you want. Engineering Bits & Bytes Day events are differentiated by grade bands (grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12). Please click here for a sample agenda. Registration is required.  For more information, visit the Engineering Place website:

Engineering on the Road

The Engineering on the Road program brings engineering to life in K-12 schools all over the state of North Carolina. Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities linked to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, we illustrate the true nature of engineering — not just the stereotypical view that many people have — to students, teachers and staff. Programs are customized to meet the needs of the school or organization and for small- and large-group events. We even have an engineering road show!  We also participate in other community organizers’ programs, such as math and science nights, career fairs and workshops.  To request an Engineering on the Road visit, you will need to complete the Engineering on the Road Request Form.  For more information, visit the Engineering Place website:

Solar House

The primary purpose of the Solar House is STEM education and outreach as well as renewable energy research.  Tours of the Solar House are managed through The Engineering Place at NC State University.  Free educational tours of the house or hands-on STEM activities for groups of all ages are available.  Please schedule your event by completing this online form and someone from The Engineering Place will contact you to confirm your event date and time. Solar House tours are available during the academic year.  For more information, visit the Engineering Place website:

Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving (GAPS)

GAPS is an eight-week STEM experience for 8th-11th graders who are eager to explore cutting-edge technologies for geospatial mapping and analysis. Students will address community challenges through mapmaking and spatial analysis and connect with NC State students, scientists and geospatial professionals. The program culminates in a public mapping competition, where students will compete for best map and the chance to win prizes! For more information, visit the GAPS website:

North Carolina Math and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program

The mission of the NC State University North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NCSU NC-MSEN PCP) is to prepare underserved students at the middle and high school levels (grades 6-12) for careers in education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program currently serves 385 students in Bertie, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Northampton, Wake, Warren Counties, and Weldon City through year-round enrichment activities. The program partners with school districts to recruit students from underserved populations who have not been prepared to pursue college preparatory level mathematics and science-based courses. Students participate in exciting, uplifting and challenging activities throughout the school year. For more information, visit the NC-MSEN Program website.

Open Studio at the Design Lab for K-12 Education

The Design Lab at NC State’s College of Design offers a monthly Open Studio session for local teens (current high school students only). During Open Studio, students bring in works in progress to work on alongside other creative students in a college studio environment. A roundtable review will be held during which students will receive feedback from their peers, NC State College of Design students, faculty and guest artists on their work. This is a great opportunity for students serious about preparing portfolios for art and design college admissions. Open Studios are offered after school once a month, January through April and September through December in the Design Lab (Brooks Hall, 212-A) during the school year. This is a great opportunity not only for high school students to prepare for design study at the college level, but to be participating on campus during hours when actual College of Design studios are taking place.

Open Studio participation is FREE! Because there are limited spots in Open Studio, we ask that participants register online through our website. Design Lab staff will confirm those registered via email. This program is scheduled to run January–April in the Spring Semester and September–December in the Fall semester. Visit our web site for upcoming program dates.

The Design Lab for K-12 Education embodies the College of Design’s longstanding commitment to K-12 design education and outreach. The assertion that design is a skill of everyday life is central to the Design Lab mission. Learning about design as a way of thinking helps students apply skills in math, science, technology, reading, writing, and communication in and out of the studio classroom. The Design Lab’s primary areas of activity and focus include pre-college programs, K-12 design education curriculum and pedagogy development, and extension and outreach through mobile programs, teacher training, and school initiatives for education through design. The Design Lab hosts programming for high school students interested in design throughout the year. For information on upcoming programs, visit

TRIO Talent Search Program

TRIO Talent Search provides programming to middle and high school students. The program’s mission is to provide equal access to quality education and facilitate retention and promotion from middle and high school through college. This program is federally funded and students must meet federal admissions criteria, attend one of the targeted schools, and demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing education beyond high school. For more information, visit the TRIO Talent Search website.

TRIO Upward Bound

The TRIO Upward Bound Program for is for students in 9th – 12th grades. The mission of this program is to provide participants with equal access to quality education by supporting the development of the academic skills and motivation necessary for persistence and success in secondary and post-secondary education. This is a federally funded program and students must meet the federal admissions criteria, attend one of the targeted schools, and demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing education beyond high school. For more information, visit the TRIO Upward Bound ]