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Discovery Engineering Camp 2021

A partnership with NC State and Isothermal, the Discovery Engineering Camp is designed to engage rising 7th through 9th (current 6th - 8th) grade students in the Grand Challenges of Engineering. Camps are led by licensed teachers who have been trained by NC State. Campers will be engaged in hands-on learning activities that incorporate a variety of engineering concepts. The camp will be held virtually.  Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.!

Note: Did you apply in 2020 and were unable to participate? Re-apply for 2021!  If you are a current 9th grader, rising 10th grader who was accepted in 2020 and wants to participate in 2021, please fill out application form.  We will be making exceptions for those that fall outside of the targeted grades if you had applied and were accepted for the 2020 camp that was cancelled.

Typical Day at Camp

  • Brief large group to introduce theme for the day
  • Breakout room activities lead by camp leaders.  Highly encourage cameras to be on during breakout sessions.  Team leaders will pop in and out as campers' complete activities.
  • Competitions or demonstrations will follow breakout sessions with the full group to learn from each other.
  • 10 minute break
  • Afternoon activities in breakout rooms.

Student Applications:

Applications are taken until all camp spaces are filled with a deadline of May 1, 2021. The application must include an essay describing your interest in attending the camp along with your math/science teacher's recommendation. Be sure to have your teacher's name and e-mail address when you apply.

Program Costs:

The registration fees are $325 per student. Once a student is accepted to the camp, full payment will be due by May 15, 2021. Information about how and where to make payments and will be provided to students who are accepted to the camp. 

A limited number of scholarships are available for students needing financial assistance.  Students will have the option to apply for a scholarship when completing the online camp application.

Refund Policy

If for some reason you are unable to attend camp, you may be eligible for a partial refund of your camp fees.  To receive a refund, a written request must be received on or before June 1, 2021. All refunds will include the amount submitted less a $25 processing fee.

Stylized logo with letter E, Engineering Camp, with NC State University logo and Isothermal logo

Who:Students who will be entering 7th through 9th grades in fall 2021
(see note if you applied and were accepted in 2020)
When: July 12 - 16 at 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily
Where: Virtually
Why: Enjoy activities with friends and learn about engineering concepts
How: Apply online
Cost: $325 (Scholarships are available)

Contact: Nicole Dragan, Engineering Camp Director,

Apply to be a camp participant

Online applications now open through May 1, 2021