For Immediate Release: In July 2014, Queens University of Charlotte will host the NC State University (NCSU) College of Engineering’s Youth Summer Program at its main campus in Myers Park. The program, known locally as Engineering Camp Charlotte, will run four week-long day camps and will accept children in rising grades 3 through 8.
Through NCSU’s College of Engineering outreach department (known as The Engineering Place), NCSU designs new camp curriculum each year for its partnering locations in the state of North Carolina. The program, developed in 1999 by NCSU engineering professor, Dr. Laura Bottomley, enables youth to participate in innovative and engaging engineering design challenges. Currently, Dr. Bottomley serves as the Director of Women in Engineering and Outreach Programs in NCSU’s College of Engineering. Dr. Bottomley believes “the youth of today are the problem-solvers of tomorrow. It is imperative that we encourage children to work through problem-based scenarios. In doing so, they learn the value of collaboration and trial and error.”
The program also exposes children to the North Carolina Engineering Connections for STEM adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2012. Dr. Bottomley served on the distinguished panel of educators who developed the new guidelines which recognize engineering as a critical discipline leading into the 21st century.
Engineering Camp Charlotte will be housed in the new James E. and Mary Anne Rogers Science and Health Building (Rogers Hall). Rogers Hall opened in January 2013 and is a Platinum LEED certified building.
Said Queens Provost Abiódún Gòkè-Pariolá,“We are so pleased to develop a relationship with one of the nation’s most prestigious engineering programs. The mission of Engineering Camp Charlotte aligns perfectly with our university’s commitment to transforming the lives of students and enhancing the intellectual and cultural fabric of our community.”
Last year, NCSU received 2,200 applications for 1,084 spots in Raleigh and at other partnering locations (Hickory, Rocky Mount and Havelock, NC). Engineering Camp Charlotte will accept 288 applicants. The application process for Engineering Camp Charlotte begins January 6, 2014 and closes on March 7, 2014. Engineering Camp Charlotte will employ up to eighteen individuals in positions of Team Lead, Assistant Team Lead and High School Assistant.
The camp is managed by Cynosure Learning, L3C. Cynosure Learning, L3C, is an independent company that collaborates directly with the faculty and staff at NCSU’s College of Engineering. Its mission is to educate youth about the true nature of engineering by offering a variety of hands-on activities in multiple inquiry-based settings. Engineering Camp Charlotte will guide students through the engineering design process as they tackle exciting engineering design challenges throughout each week-long program. Students will also learn about the National Academy of Engineering’s 14 Grand Challenges and the careers available to them in the various fields of engineering.