Engineering Summer Camp to Provide University Experience to Students with Visual Impairments

Date Posted: 05/01/2015

Engineering will be the focus of a July 2015 week-long residential summer camp that North Carolina State University will be hosting for high school students who are visually impaired (that is, those who are blind or have low vision). Participants will engage in hands-on activities at The Engineering Place, the headquarters of the university's outreach program that is designed to educate students and teachers about engineering. Students will explore engineering approaches to some of the 14 "Grand Challenges for Engineers," as specified by the U.S. National Academy for Engineering, that include providing access to clean water, making solar energy more economical, securing cyberspace, and engineering better medicines. Through these topics, students will further explore the fields of civil, aerospace, electrical, and biomedical engineering, as well as computer science. Students will also become immersed in current research techniques at a world-class university as they collaborate in groups on design projects.

In addition to exposure to engineering, students who are interested in making the transition from school to higher education will have the chance to experience university life during the camp. Participants will live in college dormitories and explore the campus alongside undergraduate student mentors.

The 2015 Summer Engineering Experience, which will take place July 19 through 24, is accepting applications from students with visual impairments who are independent travelers; perform at or above grade level; and are enrolled in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades (roughly aged 16 to 18 years). The online application for the camp is available at, and the deadline for applications is May 8, 2015. The cost of the camp is $100. For more information, contact: Leyf Starling, The Engineering Place, North Carolina State University, 118 Page Hall, Campus Box 7904, Raleigh, NC 27695; phone: 919-515-3263; e-mail:

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