Isothermal Community College

Discovery Engineering Camp

Discovery Engineering Camp 2020

Attention Campers

Unfortunately, the 2020 Discovery Engineering Camp has been cancelled due to Covid-19. All camp fees that you have paid will automatically be refunded in full. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we feel this is the best decision in the current situation.

Meanwhile, we plan to re-open the camp for 2021 and hope that you will decide to join us next summer. You may apply online beginning in January 2021. Stay safe!

A partnership with NC State and Isothermal, the Discovery Engineering Camp is designed to engage rising 7th through 9th (current 6th - 8th) grade students in the Grand Challenges of Engineering. Camps are led by licensed teachers who have been trained by NC State. Campers will be engaged in hands-on learning activities that incorporate a variety of engineering concepts. The camp will be held on the Spindale campus of Isothermal Community College. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Typical Day at Camp

  • Brief large group gathering to introduce the theme for the day
  • An activity will be introduced and instructions provided. Teams will be given time to work on activities using the Engineering Design Process. High School teachers serving as team leaders will be present to guide and provide assistance if needed.
  • Competitions or demonstrations will follow the activity including a brief discussion of the activity with the full group so all campers can learn from each other in the activity process
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon activity handled similar to the morning activity
  • Daily awards ceremony

Student Applications:

Applications are taken until all camp spaces are filled, so apply early. The application must include an essay describing your interest in attending the camp along with your math/science teacher's recommendation. Be sure to have your teacher's name and email address when you apply.

Program Costs:

The registration fees are $325 per student. Once a student is accepted to the camp, full payment will be due by May 15, 2020. Information about how and where to make payments and will be provided to students who are accepted to the camp.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students needing financial assistance. Students will have the option to apply for a scholarship when completing the online camp application.

Refund Policy

If for some reason you are unable to attend camp, you may be eligible for a partial refund of your camp fees. To receive a refund, a written request must be received on or before June 1, 2020. All refunds will include the amount submitted less a $25 processing fee.

Stylized logo with letter E, Engineering Camp, with NC State University logo and Isothermal logo

Who:Students who will be entering 7th through 9th grades in fall 2020
When: At 8:30-3:00 daily on June 15 - 19, 2020  Cancelled due to Covid-19
Where: Isothermal Community College -Spindale Campus, LLC building 2nd floor
Why: Enjoy activities with friends and learn about engineering concepts
How: Apply online
Cost: $325 (Scholarships are available - part o application)

Contact: Dale Gaddis, Engineering Camp Director,

Online applications will open in next January for the 2021 camp