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 .

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.

2017 Camps

Grades 3rd-5th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCost
App DevelopmentMonday, June 5 - Friday, June 99am-3pmCampers will work with a certified app developer to design andriod apps. This camp will focus on the programming, coding and design pieces of app development. Campers will get to design both a pre designed app to ensure they have the knowledge of development and then create their own. Please feel free to bring your own andriod tablet.3-5 grade
(Limit 24)
Engineering Garage

$275

Registration opens March 4th.

LEGO EV-3 Robotics Elementary
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 309am-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 life3rd-5th
(Limit 24)
Engineering Garage

$275

Registration opens March 4th.

Grades 6th-8th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCost
Coding and Programming-Middle SchoolMonday, June 5 - Friday, June 99am-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)
Engineering Garage

$330

Registration opens March 4th.

Drone-Middle SchoolMonday, June 19 - Thursday, June 229am-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. 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

Registration opens March 4th.

LEGO Mindstorm AquaboticsMonday, June 12-Friday, June 169am-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)Engineering Garage

$275

Registration opens March 4th.

Coding and Programming-Middle SchoolMonday, July 10 - Friday, July 149am-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)
Engineering Garage

$330

Registration opens March 4th.

LEGO EV-3 Robotics-Middle SchoolMonday, July 17 - Friday, July 2110am-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)
Engineering Garage

$275

Registration opens March 4th.

App DevelopmentMonday, July 24 - Friday, July 299am-3pmCampers will work with a certified app developer to design andriod apps. This camp will focus on the programming, coding and design pieces of app development. Campers will get to design both a pre designed app to ensure they have the knowledge of development and then create their own. Please feel free to bring your own andriod tablet.6-8th grade
(Limit 24)
Engineering Garage

$275

Registration opens March 4th.

Grades 9th-12th

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCost
Drone-High SchoolMonday, June 12 - Thursday, June 159am-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. 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

Registration opens March 4th.

Brown-Forman INSPIRE
Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 299am-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. Students must 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

 

Registration opens March 4th.

Coding and Programming-Middle SchoolMonday, July 24 - Friday, July 299am-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)
Engineering Garage

$330

Registration opens March 4th.

Middle & High School Teams

Name of the CampDateTimeOverviewParticipantsLocationCost
VEX Robotics Prep CampMonday, July 10 - Friday, July 149am-3pmIn this week long camp VEX Robotics team students will learn tips and how to better master the game. Experts will share inside pointers on how to improve the craft of VEX Robotics for ultimate success during tournament season. Students will cover tournament rules, programming, build, strategy, and improving engineering workbooks together with their teammates. This camp is a must for VEX Robotics teams looking to dominate the 2017-2018 tournament season.Middle & High School Teams (Limit 6 Teams)Engineering Garage$1250 per team/ 6 members

 

Registration opens March 4th.