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Summer Programs for High School Students
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.
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 (Day & Residential)
Design Day Camp exposes rising 10th and 11th grade students and Design Camp Overnight exposes rising 11th and 12th grade to career choices in design,
experience in creative problem solving, and exposure to design study at the
college level. Students will complete a series of projects in Architecture,
Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture. For more information, visit the Design Camp website.
Engineering Summer Programs
The College of Engineering offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience engineering, science, and technology through week-long residential programs in a variety of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Autonomous Robotics, Biological Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil & Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering, and Wolfpack Motorsports. For more information, visit the Engineering Summer Programs 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 Day Camp
The Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers and Fibers Workshop is designed for high-school students interested in physical sciences and engineering and attending NC State University. For more information, visit the Polymer Day 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.
Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute
The Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute is a residential program for students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The program is an intense week experience for youth who are current leaders and aspire to be greater leaders in the future. Participants will explore areas of values-based leadership, integrity, team building, public speaking, and social responsibility. For more information, visit the Shelton Leadership Challenge 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 Studios at CAM Raleigh
The CAM Raleigh Summer Studios Program is a series of discipline-specific art and design pre-college programs for high school and middle school students held at the Museum in downtown Raleigh, as a part of NC State's College of Design. Each studio is one week long and will include a mix of short and long projects, small group critiques and final project presentations. Additionally, instructors will plan walking field trips, invite guests to share their work and to participate in reviews. The week will conclude with an exhibition of student work. Summer Studios offerings have included: Art to Wear, Industrial Design, Animation, Design Lab: Designing for the Real World, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design, Spaces+Places (Architecture and Landscape Architecture), and a Middle School Art+Design Studio. For more information and to register online, visit:
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 professors in a project area of their interest. The project choices include apparel design, business/marketing, chemistry, computer science, and engineering. For more information, visit the STEP website.
Teen Writers’ Workshop
The Teen Writers’ Workshop offers a lecture and small-group environment for teens interested in developing their creative writing skills. Students who will enter the 9th - 12th grades in the fall are eligible. For more information, visit the Teen Writers' Workshop website.
VetCAMP is for high school students taking place June 27th- July 1 from 9 am-5 pm. This camp 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 in Nuclear Technology
Young Investigators in Nuclear Technology 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 for High School Students
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.
Photonics Explorers is a program designed to encourage 9th and 10th grade students to take advanced mathematics and science courses throughout high school. The program provides hands-on scientific learning experiences in photonic concepts like robotics, electronics, optics, networking, and technology. Participants are exposes to the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. For more information, visit The Science House website.
The Photonics Leaders program for 11th and 12th graders guides and prepares students for success in college-level programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Participants investigate photonic concepts and engage in internship experiences designed to equip participants to behave and think like real scientists. For more information, visit The Science House website.
The 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 Upward Bound website.
Weekend Workshops at CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh (NC State's College of Design) hosts Saturday workshops for high school, middle school, and adult students, offering a wide range of opportunities for students interested in art and design. From skill-building to special projects drawing inspiration from museum exhibitions, our talented instructors guide students in developing knowledge and experience in their focus area, in a unique museum classroom setting. For more information and to register online, visit: camraleigh.org/workshops
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