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.

2015 Camps

Dates & Times
Name of EventParticipantsLocationCostOnline Registration
June 8-12
10am-3pm

LEGO® EV-3 Robotics
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.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

6th-8th Grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

June 15-19
9am-3pm

LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Day Camp High School
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. This is a week-long day camp, 9am-3pm, that runs twice a summer for high school students. The maximum capacity is 24 students in each program.

Camp Director: Heidi Neal

Students should be in 8-12th grade. (Limit: 24)

Speed School Engineering Garage

$300

Register Online

June 15-19 10am-3pm

Build A Computer 6-8
Ever wanted to build a computer from scratch? How about gaining hands on experience to see how a computer is put together? Join us for a week-long day camp to experience the process of building your own computer. Working in groups you'll learn the method behind computer building. Monday to begin with pieces and by Friday you will built a computer. Campers can't take the computers home but will have memories for a life time. Students receive a t-shirt and lunch daily.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

Students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

June 22-26 10am-4pm

Making Solar Cells using Microfabrication Day Camp
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school students 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in the University of Louisville's premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will fabricate a solar cell using a 4" silicon wafer and learn the same microfabrication techniques used in silicon valley to make computer chips. Additionally, students will learn the physics behind how a solar cell functions and take home their solar cell wafer at the end of the camp, along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook, embroidered shirt and a certificate of accomplishment.

Camp Director: Julia Aebersold

High School Students 14 and above. (Limit: 8)

Schumaker Research Building

$795

Registration Closed – Camp Full

June 22-July 3
9am-4pm

Brown-Forman INSPIRE
INSPIRE is an acronym for Increasing Student Preparedness and Interest in the Requisites for Engineering. It is a summer enrichment program designed to provide an introduction to engineering to students historically under-represented in the engineering field. The program is sponsored by Brown-Forman. Those targeted for the program include African American, Hispanic, Native American and female students who attend Louisville-area public or private high schools, but the program is open to all.

A certificate will be presented to each student who successfully completes the program.

This is a 2-week long day camp, 9am-4pm, 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.

Camp Director: Heidi Neal

High School students who have completed 8th grade (Limit: 24)

Speed School Engineering Garage

Free upon admissions into the program.

Register Online

June 22-26 10am-3pm

LEGO® EV-3 Robotics 3rd-5th
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.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

3rd-5th grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

June 22-26 9am-3pm

LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Day Camp High School
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. This is a week-long day camp, 9am-3pm, that runs twice a summer, one for high school students. The maximum capacity is 24 students in each program.

Camp Director: Heidi Neal

Students should be in 8-12th grade. (Limit: 24)

Speed School Engineering Garage

$300

Register Online

June 29 - July 3 10am-3pm

LEGO® Mindstorms Day Camp 3rd-5th
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 of the this week-long camp.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

Students should be in 3rd -5th grade. (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

July 6-10 10am-3pm

LEGO® Mindstorms Day Camp 6th-8th
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 of the this week-long camp.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

 

Students should be in 6th-8th grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

July 13-17 10am-3pm

3-D Printing Day for Beginners
Students will learn how to create 3-D programs and imaging. Learn how to operate and program a 3-D printer and produce 3-D parts.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

Students should be in 3rd -5th grade. (Limit: 24)

Speed School Engineering Garage

$200

Register Online

July 13-17 *Residential*

Making Solar Cells using Microfabrication Residential Camp
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school students 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in the University of Louisville's premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will fabricate a solar cell using a 4" silicon wafer and learn the same microfabrication techniques used in silicon valley to make computer chips. Additionally, students will learn the physics behind how a solar cell functions and take home their solar cell wafer at the end of the camp, along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook, embroidered shirt and a certificate of accomplishment. Students will also be housed on campus and experience fun evening activities.

Camp Director: Julia Aebersold

High School Students above the age of 14. (Limit: 8)

Schumaker Research Building

$1,595

Register Online

July 20-July 24
9am-5pm

Conn Center Renewable Energy Research Day 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 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!

Camp Director: Andrew Marsh

High School Students 9th grade and above. (Limit: 24)

Conn Center, Ernst Hall

$200

Register Online

July 20-24 10am-3pm

LEGO® Mindstorms Aquabotics
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.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

3rd-5th grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

July 27-31 10am-3pm

LEGO® Minstorms Aquabotics
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.

Camp Director: Gary Rivoli

6th-8th grade (Limit: 24)

Duthie 121

$200

Register Online

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