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North Carolina State University
The Engineering Place
July 19, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Explore the Grand Challenges of Engineering

During this one-week residential summer camp, 12 to 15 students with visual impairments or blindness (VIB) will explore the Grand Challenges of Engineering through participating in hands-on activities at the Engineering Place at NC State University. Topics will include an introduction to the principles of engineering and a focus on the Grand Challenges, including those listed below.

  • Providing access to clean water
  • Engineering the tools of scientific discovery
  • Making solar energy more economical
  • Securing cyberspace
  • Engineering better medicines

Through these topics, students will further explore the fields of civil, aerospace, electrical and biomedical engineering along with computer science. They will conclude the week with a group capstone design project.

Throughout the week, students will live in a college dormitory, experience campus life alongside their undergraduate mentors and become immersed in current research techniques at a world-class university.


The 2015 Summer Engineering Experience is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with VIB who are independent travelers, performing at or above grade level, and are potentially interested in careers in STEM.


To apply to come to camp, please complete the application form online:

Download the flyer.


The cost of this one-week residential camp is $100. Partial scholarships may be available.

Important Dates

Application opens: January 27

Application closes: March 27

Notification of acceptance: April 3

Students arrive on campus: Afternoon of Sunday, July 19

Students leave: Afternoon of Friday, July 24


Please contact Leyf Starling at  .