Outreach Programs & Summer Camps

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering supports a number of outreach programs aimed at promoting engineering as a profession.

Read how the pipeline is leading kids to engineering.

For additional information or inquiries contact Gary Rivoli , Director of Outreach Programs

Brown-Forman INSPIRE summer enrichment program

Brown-Forman INSPIRE (Increasing Student Preparedness and Interest in the Requisites for Engineering) is a summer enrichment program for local high school students targeting female and ethnic minority students who traditionally are underrepresented in engineering fields. This two-week, non-profit program is designed to enable participants to acquire a degree of proficiency in a technological area through participation in laboratory-oriented studies. Participants typically will have completed the 9th, 10th or 11th grade, have above average math and science skills, a solid academic record, teacher recommendations and a commitment to participate for the full four weeks.

Click here to learn more about the INSPIRE program.

For more information, please email the Office of Student Success .

View photos from the 2012 Brown-Forman INSPIRE program.
View photos from 2011 Brown-Forman INSPIRE program.

Engineering is Elementary

A bi-weekly program offered in three area elementary schools. Engineering is Fundamental, developed by the Boston Museum of Science, is a set of modular units with project and problem based activities that incorporate engineering and technology concepts within elementary science objectives.

Learn how one Louisville elementary school implemented Engineering is Elementary.

For more information contact the program coordinator Gary Rivoli.

In the Middle of Engineering

A bi-weekly club, sponsored in three area middle schools. In these clubs students learn about use a variety of kits to do hands-on projects such as:

  • "Our Amazing Bridges"
  • "The Electro Lab"
  • "All About Gears"
  • "Solar Energy"


For more information contact the program coordinator Gary Rivoli.

Check out engineering innovations at Newburg Middle School and Olmstead North as featured on WLKY's School Cribs.

2016 Camps

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Grades 3rd-5th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCostCamp Director
LEGO EV-3 RoboticsJune 27-July 110am-3pmStudents will learn to build and program LEGO’s intelligent EV3 brick using interactive servo motors, remote control, infrared and color sensors. Intuitive software with i-con based drag and drop programming interface will bring the EV3 to life.3rd-5th
(Limit 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering$200

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Gary Rivoli
Camp ChemistryJuly 18-229am-5pmGlowing water, blue and red flames, and mountains of oozing foam are everyday occurrences in Camp Chemistry at Newton’s Attic. This camp will expose students to the fun and sometimes bizarre world of chemistry, chemical reactions and exciting things that can be made with the right mixture of knowledge, chemicals and materials. In addition to playing with (safe) chemicals, students will work in the shop to fabricate various items, such as test tube holders and similar gadgets that will aid in their exploration of the world of chemistry. Students in the 10 to 15 year old class will delve deeper into fascinating reactions, learn about the periodic table, chemical equations and the mysteries of molecules. So, let’s all put on our safety glasses, lab aprons and rubber gloves and see what strange potions we can concoct.3-5 grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage

$400

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Heidi Neal
Da Vinci KidsJuly 18-229am-5pmScience, math, engineering, art: Da Vinci was a master of it all. In this class designed exclusively for young developing minds, students get to follow in his footsteps by engaging in a variety of stimulating activities that cut across a wide range of disciplines. Tool use, building and engineering, chemistry and biology, art and design, spontaneous improvisation, and healthy dose of brain and body play are all mixed together to form this experience. Each activity will last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes as students move from one subject to the next while making new discoveries about the diverse world around them. Who knows – with this wide range of topics, your child just may discover something of interest that he or she never even imagined.3-5 grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage
$400

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Heidi Neal

Grades 6th-8th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCostCamp Director
Coding and ProgrammingJune 6-1010am-3pmStudents will receive an activity based introduction to the basics of coding and programming. Hands – on activities using inter-active devices are included in the “tool-kit” that the students use and take with them. No previous coding skills necessary, however basic computer skills will be helpful.
6th-8th
(Limit 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering$250

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Gary Rivoli
Camp CatapultJune 13-179am-1230pmSiege Alert! Look out, it’s time for flying tennis balls, eggs and bags of Jell-O as this camp offers participants the opportunity to design and build a table top size catapult or trebuchet. Students start with a kit of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic parts and create their catapult. When students finish their inventions, they field test them in a fun and exciting activity.
6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Rube GoldbergJune 13-17
9am-1230pmWe’ve all seen them, but not everyone knows them by name. Rube Goldberg machines are contraptions made of house- hold items, junk and just about anything that can be connected together in a convoluted arrangement that can be set off to produce a chain reaction of motion that typically ends in some sort of grand finale. In this introductory class, young students learn how to engineer table top sized Rube Goldberg's from all sorts of items found in the extensive collection of vintage parts at Newton’s Attic. So crank up your creativity, imagination, sense of humor, and get ready to learn about tool use, basic engineering and outside the box thinking in this entertaining and educational experience.6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
LEGO Mindstorm AquaboticsJune 20-2410am-3pmDesigned for those who have participated (although not required) in land-based robotics projects, the complexities of the underwater environment present unique demands. They will design and construct an aquabot, design a controller, and create a program to attempt various challenges.6th-8th (Limit 24)Duthie Center for Engineering$200

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Gary Rivoli
Drone
June 20-249am-3pmCampers will engage in the UAS industry through a “learn, build, fly, and create” approach. This approach dives deeply into every component of STEM, catalyzing students to develop critical cognitive skills through a hands-on, team approach. The primary goal is to empower students to pursue an education and career in science. Drones have a tremendous ‘cool’ factor, yet require a solid grasp of the fundamentals across many disciplines to design, build, and operate. ($300 + $30 drone take home fee)6-8th grade (Limit 24)Engineering Garage$330

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Heidi Neal
Rube GoldbergJuly 11-159am-1230pmWe’ve all seen them, but not everyone knows them by name. Rube Goldberg machines are contraptions made of house- hold items, junk and just about anything that can be connected together in a convoluted arrangement that can be set off to produce a chain reaction of motion that typically ends in some sort of grand finale. In this introductory class, young students learn how to engineer table top sized Rube Goldberg's from all sorts of items found in the extensive collection of vintage parts at Newton’s Attic. So crank up your creativity, imagination, sense of humor, and get ready to learn about tool use, basic engineering and outside the box thinking in this entertaining and educational experience.6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Coding and ProgrammingJuly 11-1510am-3pmStudents will receive an activity based introduction to the basics of coding and programming. Hands–on activities using inter-active devices are included in the “tool-kit” that the students use and take with them. No previous coding skills necessary, however basic computer skills will be helpful.6th-8th
(Limit 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering$250

Register Now!

Gary Rivoli
MinecraftJuly 11-15130pm-5pmBy popular demand, we have adapted the Minecraft Mod class to include revisions to the curriculum to allow students as young as 8 to join in. The students will be introduced to MCreator, a code-generating program that is used to make modifications without programming knowledge. The class will teach students to work with the code of other developers and to read and decipher preexisting code, a common practice in the soft- ware development field. No previous programming experience is required, but students must have a Minecraft account prior to joining the class. If students would like to work on code outside of class, they should bring a flash drive.
6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$225

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Camp Chemistry
July 11-159am-5pm
Glowing water, blue and red flames, and mountains of oozing foam are everyday occurrences in Camp Chemistry at Newton’s Attic. This camp will expose students to the fun and sometimes bizarre world of chemistry, chemical reactions and exciting things that can be made with the right mixture of knowledge, chemicals and materials. In addition to playing with (safe) chemicals, students will work in the shop to fabricate various items, such as test tube holders and similar gadgets that will aid in their exploration of the world of chemistry. Students in the 10 to 15 year old class will delve deeper into fascinating reactions, learn about the periodic table, chemical equations and the mysteries of molecules. So, let’s all put on our safety glasses, lab aprons and rubber gloves and see what strange potions we can concoct.6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$400

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
MinecraftJuly 25-299am-1230pmBy popular demand, we have adapted the Minecraft Mod class to include revisions to the curriculum to allow students as young as 8 to join in. The students will be introduced to MCreator, a code-generating program that is used to make modifications without programming knowledge. The class will teach students to work with the code of other developers and to read and decipher preexisting code, a common practice in the soft- ware development field. No previous programming experience is required, but students must have a Minecraft account prior to joining the class. If students would like to work on code outside of class, they should bring a flash drive.
6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$225

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
LEGO EV-3 RoboticsJuly 18-2210am-3pmStudents will learn to build and program LEGO’s intelligent EV3 brick using interactive servo motors, remote control, infrared and color sensors. Intuitive software with i-con based drag and drop programming interface will bring the EV3 to life.6-8th grade
(Limit 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering
$200

Register Now!

Gary Rivoli
Teens and Tools
July 25-July 29130pm-5pmTeens & Tools is a program for students 10 and older with varying levels of experience using tools and building projects. This structured, supervised class introduces students to engineering process and hand and power tool use. Students work in the shop on age appropriate projects for the duration of the class. More experienced students can work on more advanced projects. Students work on predesignated projects. No experience required.6-8 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Rube GoldbergJuly 25-299am-1230pmWe’ve all seen them, but not everyone knows them by name. Rube Goldberg machines are contraptions made of house- hold items, junk and just about anything that can be connected together in a convoluted arrangement that can be set off to produce a chain reaction of motion that typically ends in some sort of grand finale. In this introductory class, young students learn how to engineer table top sized Rube Goldberg's from all sorts of items found in the extensive collection of vintage parts at Newton’s Attic. So crank up your creativity, imagination, sense of humor, and get ready to learn about tool use, basic engineering and outside the box thinking in this entertaining and educational experience.6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Kerbal SpaceJuly 25-29
1:30pm-5pmJust about everyone has heard of Minecraft, but there is another computer game phenomenon that is just as much fun and much more educational. It’s called Kerbal Space Program, and its popularity is skyrocketing. In this computer based camp, students will learn how to use the game software to create and manage their own mini –space program. They construct virtual rockets, launch them into orbit and attempt to do a variety of NASA like activities like dock with a space station, land on the moon, or attempt to mine an asteroid. Although this is a computer game, playing it is not as whimsical as one would think. Students must learn and apply some basic physics, math, engineering and even a little orbital mechanics as they attempt to become virtual test pilots and astronauts. It’s not just a kid’s computer game, it actually IS rocket science.6-8th grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal

Grades 9th-12th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCostCamp Director
Drone
June 13-179am-3pmCampers will engage in the UAS industry through a “learn, build, fly, and create” approach. This approach dives deeply into every component of STEM, catalyzing students to develop critical cognitive skills through a hands-on, team approach. The primary goal is to empower students to pursue an education and career in science. Drones have a tremendous ‘cool’ factor, yet require a solid grasp of the fundamentals across many disciplines to design, build, and operate. ($300 + $30 drone take home fee)9-12 grade (Limit 24)Engineering Garage$330

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Kerbal Space
June 13-17130pm-5pmJust about everyone has heard of Minecraft, but there is another computer game phenomenon that is just as much fun and much more educational. It’s called Kerbal Space Program, and its popularity is skyrocketing. In this computer based camp, students will learn how to use the game software to create and manage their own mini –space program. They construct virtual rockets, launch them into orbit and attempt to do a variety of NASA like activities like dock with a space station, land on the moon, or attempt to mine an asteroid. Although this is a computer game, playing it is not as whimsical as one would think. Students must learn and apply some basic physics, math, engineering and even a little orbital mechanics as they attempt to become virtual test pilots and astronauts. It’s not just a kid’s computer game, it actually IS rocket science.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$225

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Teens and Tools
June 13-17130pm-5pmTeens & Tools is a program for students 10 and older with varying levels of experience using tools and building projects. This structured, supervised class introduces students to engineering process and hand and power tool use. Students work in the shop on age appropriate projects for the duration of the class. More experienced students can work on more advanced projects. Students work on predesignated projects. No experience required.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
MNTC Day Camp
June 20-2410am-4pmThe Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Louisville’s premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will learn the same microfabrication techniques used in Silicon Valley to make a variety of devices such as solar cells, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, etc. Participants will also learn how to solder electronic components and communicate with a variety of devices with either the Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. After completion of the program participants will get to take home their silicon wafers, a cleanroom notebook, lecture notes used from the labs and an embroidered polo shirt.10-12 grade (Limit 6)"Shumaker$795

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Julia Aebersold
Brown-Forman INSPIRE
June 20-July 19am-4pmThis is a 2 week long day camp, 9am-3pm, that runs once a summer dedicated for high school students who are looking to explore Engineering as a career field. Along with introducing the high school students to various aspects of technology and fields of engineering, INSPIRE assists the students in identifying career interests and personality profiles. Over the years, the program has included field trips to area industries such as General Electric Appliance Park, LG&E, MSD and Brown-Forman. Their second week will be spent as a Lego Robotics camp. Students must be live in the Kentucky/ Indiana area, be a high achieving students and apply for the program; the application must include a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.9-12 grade (Limit 24)Engineering GarageFree upon admission

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Heidi Neal
Teens and Tools
June 27-July 19am-1230pmTeens & Tools is a program for students 10 and older with varying levels of experience using tools and building projects. This structured, supervised class introduces students to engineering process and hand and power tool use. Students work in the shop on age appropriate projects for the duration of the class. More experienced students can work on more advanced projects. Students work on predesignated projects. No experience required.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Camp Catapult
June 27-July 1130pm-5pmSiege Alert! Look out, it’s time for flying tennis balls, eggs and bags of Jell-O as this camp offers participants the opportunity to design and build a table top size catapult or trebuchet. Students start with a kit of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic parts and create their catapult. When students finish their inventions, they field test them in a fun and exciting activity.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Raspberry Pi
June 27-July 19am-1230pmThe Raspberry Pi computer is a small, inexpensive and versatile computer that can be incorporated into countless fun and educational enterprises. No larger than a deck of cards, the R-Pi is perfect for many Newton’s Attic style projects, and that is exactly how it will used by students who participate in this class. Participants will learn the basic characteristics of the R-Pi, how to program it, and how to use it in projects like dancing light boards, simple electronic games and fun home automation gadgets. Not only do students learn programming and how to use cutting edge technology, they will be exposed to tool use, mechanical design and circuitry while creating their inventions. At the end of the class, students keep their projects along with the Raspberry Pi computer. Bonus! The same Raspberry Pi can be used for many projects, so the computer that comes with this class has many future uses. (+$55 computer fee is included in price)9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$280

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Minecraft
June 27-July 11:30pm-5pmBy popular demand, we have adapted the Minecraft Mod class to include revisions to the curriculum to allow students as young as 8 to join in. The students will be introduced to MCreator, a code-generating program that is used to make modifications without programming knowledge. The class will teach students to work with the code of other developers and to read and decipher preexisting code, a common practice in the soft- ware development field. No previous programming experience is required, but students must have a Minecraft account prior to joining the class. If students would like to work on code outside of class, they should bring a flash drive.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$225

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
MNTC Day CampJuly 11-1510am-4pmThe Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Louisville’s premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will learn the same microfabrication techniques used in Silicon Valley to make a variety of devices such as solar cells, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, etc. Participants will also learn how to solder electronic components and communicate with a variety of devices with either the Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. After completion of the program participants will get to take home their silicon wafers, a cleanroom notebook, lecture notes used from the labs and an embroidered polo shirt.10-12 grade (Limit 6)Shumaker Research Building
$795

Registration Closed. Camp is sold out!

Julia Aebersold
Raspberry Pi
July 11-159am-1230pmThe Raspberry Pi computer is a small, inexpensive and versatile computer that can be incorporated into countless fun and educational enterprises. No larger than a deck of cards, the R-Pi is perfect for many Newton’s Attic style projects, and that is exactly how it will used by students who participate in this class. Participants will learn the basic characteristics of the R-Pi, how to program it, and how to use it in projects like dancing light boards, simple electronic games and fun home automation gadgets. Not only do students learn programming and how to use cutting edge technology, they will be exposed to tool use, mechanical design and circuitry while creating their inventions. At the end of the class, students keep their projects along with the Raspberry Pi computer. Bonus! The same Raspberry Pi can be used for many projects, so the computer that comes with this class has many future uses. (+$55 computer fee is included in price)9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$280

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Camp CatapultJuly 11-15130pm-5pmSiege Alert! Look out, it’s time for flying tennis balls, eggs and bags of Jell-O as this camp offers participants the opportunity to design and build a table top size catapult or trebuchet. Students start with a kit of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic parts and create their catapult. When students finish their inventions, they field test them in a fun and exciting activity.
9-12 grade
(Limit 10)
Engineering Garage$245

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Minecraft
July 18-229am-1230pmBy popular demand, we have adapted the Minecraft Mod class to include revisions to the curriculum to allow students as young as 8 to join in. The students will be introduced to MCreator, a code-generating program that is used to make modifications without programming knowledge. The class will teach students to work with the code of other developers and to read and decipher preexisting code, a common practice in the soft- ware development field. No previous programming experience is required, but students must have a Minecraft account prior to joining the class. If students would like to work on code outside of class, they should bring a flash drive.9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$225

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Raspberry PiJuly 18-22130pm-5pmThe Raspberry Pi computer is a small, inexpensive and versatile computer that can be incorporated into countless fun and educational enterprises. No larger than a deck of cards, the R-Pi is perfect for many Newton’s Attic style projects, and that is exactly how it will used by students who participate in this class. Participants will learn the basic characteristics of the R-Pi, how to program it, and how to use it in projects like dancing light boards, simple electronic games and fun home automation gadgets. Not only do students learn programming and how to use cutting edge technology, they will be exposed to tool use, mechanical design and circuitry while creating their inventions. At the end of the class, students keep their projects along with the Raspberry Pi computer. Bonus! The same Raspberry Pi can be used for many projects, so the computer that comes with this class has many future uses. (+$55 computer fee is included in price)9-12 grade (Limit 10)Engineering Garage$280

Register Now!

Heidi Neal
Conn Center Renewable Energy Research Day Camp
July 25-299am-5pmEach day, students will learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, then work in labs on real hands on projects using state-of-the-art analytical tools and research methods. Excellent primer for those interested in science fair projects in renewable energy. Lunch is provided daily. Students receive a lab coat and other Conn Center goodies! **Open to all high school students.**
9-12 grade (Limit 30)Conn Center$200

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Andrew Marsh
Lego EV3- RoboticsJuly 25-299am-3pm"Students will learn to build and program Lego's intelligent EV3 brick using interactive servo motors, remote control, infrared and color sensors. Intuitive software with icon based drag and drop programming interface will bring the EV3 to life.9-12 grade (Limit 24)Engineering Garage$300

Register Now!

Heidi Neal