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 four-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 email Heidi Neal .

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.

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.

2014 Camps

Dates & Times
Name of EventParticipantsLocationCostOnline Registration
June 16 - 20, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LEGO® We-Do™ And Mindstorm® Robotics Day Camp
Students will develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math with theme-based activities while building models with working motors and sensors. Programming robots will also be explored.
Students who have completed 3rd - 5th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
June 16 - July 3, 2014
9:30 a.m. to Noon
Brown-Forman INSPIRE Day Camp
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.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Brenda Hart at (502) 852-0440
High School Students who have completed 8th Grades
(Limit: 30)
TBA,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
FREE
includes t-shirt
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
June 23 - 27, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Day Camp
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 i-con based drag and drop programming interface will bring the EV3 to life.

 

Students who have completed
6th, 7th & 8th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
June 23 - 27, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Making Solar Cells using Microfabrication
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a brand new summer camp for folks of all ages 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in the premier $30 million cleanroom at the University of Louisville. Students will fabricate a solar cell with a 4" silicon wafer and the week will be packed full of learning the same microfabrication techniques used in silicon valley to make computer chips or integrated circuits. Additionally, students will learn the physics behind how a solar cell functions and can take home their solar cell wafer at the end of the camp, along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook and shirt.

 

Minimum age 14
(Limit: 8)
Shumaker Research Building, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$795
includes wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook and t-shirt
For more information, please visit Micro/NanoTechnology Center website
July 7 - 11, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics Day Camp
Students will learn about power and motor control and integrate math skills in order to program robots to travel distances and navigate angles. A friendly competition is the highlight to end of this week-long day camp.
Students who have completed
6th & 7th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
July 7 - 11, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Making Solar Cells using Microfabrication
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a brand new summer camp for folks of all ages 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in the premier $30 million cleanroom at the University of Louisville. Students will fabricate a solar cell with a 4" silicon wafer and the week will be packed full of learning the same microfabrication techniques used in silicon valley to make computer chips or integrated circuits. Additionally, students will learn the physics behind how a solar cell functions and can take home their solar cell wafer at the end of the camp, along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook and shirt.

 

Minimum age 14
(Limit: 8)
Shumaker Research Building, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$795
includes wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook and t-shirt
For more information, please visit Micro/NanoTechnology Center website
July 14-18, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LEGO® Aquabotics Day Camp

This camp is so popular we are offering two sessions of the same camp; one week geared for younger students and the other will entertain the older group.
Designed 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.
Students who have completed 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
July 21-25, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LEGO® Aquabotics Day Camp

This camp is so popular we are offering two sessions of the same camp; one week geared for younger students and the other will entertain the older group.
Students who have participated in land-based robotics projects (although not required) will explore 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.
Students who have completed 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .
July 21-25, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
Summer Research Camp

Each day, students will learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, then work in the labs on real hands on projects using state-of-the-art analytical tools and research methods.
Students who have completed 8th - 11th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Conn Center, Ernst Hall, Room 212
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes lab coat and lunch daily
Download information sheet or email Andrew Marsh for more information.
Aug. 4-8, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Measure of Engineering Day Camp
This camp focuses on measurement, geometry, scales, ratios, visualization and orthographic projection. Students will use engineering drawing and measurement to participate in hands-on activities.
Students who have completed 6th - 8th Grades
(Limit: 24)
Duthie Center for Engineering, Room 121,
Speed School, UofL Belknap Campus
$200
includes t-shirt and lunch daily
For more information, please contact Gary Rivoli .

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