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

The following camps are brought to you by a partnership between:

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

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
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
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

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Gary Rivoli
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

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Gary Rivoli

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

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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

Registration Closed. Camp is Full!

Julia Aebersold
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
Registration Closed. Camp is Full!Julia Aebersold
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