See why summer programs at NC State often go from shorts and sandals to cap and gown.

Every summer, the NC State campus comes alive with an influx of campers from all over the country, and some from even farther. They’re here to do everything from studying nano-fibers to designing buildings and dissecting pig hearts. And many of them will become so engrossed in their activities, they’ll decide to join the Wolfpack when it’s time go to college.

Design Camp

Beneath the arched windows of NC State’s Leazar Hall, dozens of students busily sand foam blocks, stopping every few minutes to consult sketches. They’re creating models of a proposed transit station for Hillsborough Street, part of this week’s theme, “On the Go.”

Now in its 38th year, Design Camp offers four week-long residential and day programs in June and July for middle and high school students, and is run by the NC State Design Lab K-12 Education and Outreach program. Design Camp pulls students from all over North Carolina and as far away as China. Scholarships make attendance possible for a diverse mix of students.

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Orginally published July 11, 2018. Written by Elizabeth Beal.