Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Teen Summer Camp Opportunity: Polymer Day Camp at NCSU

If horticulture isn't your thing, how about chemistry?  Here is the information on a hands-on chemistry and engineering workshop about polymers and fibers, offered by the College of Textiles at NC State:

Polymer Day Camp

The Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers and Fibers Workshop

July 25 - 26, 2013
Apply Online!
This workshop is designed for high-school students interested in physical sciences and engineering, and attending NC State University.
Attendees will:
  • Engage in hands-on laboratories and interactive sessions
  • Learn about degree programs in Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Learn about scholarships in College of Textiles
  • Learn about admissions process for NC State University
  • Be provided with lunch and snacks
  • Print their own NC State t-shirt following the first day of camp and attend dinner (parents and siblings welcome!)
  • Must be a rising senior, junior or sophomore and
  • Not enrolled in S.T.E.P. for Summer 2013 and
  • Be able to provide your own transportation and accommodation to and from NC State. (Out-of-town attendees should contact us for housing suggestions.)
Cost: $40 administrative fee payable upon acceptance (financial assistance may be available).
Location: The program will be held in the College of Textiles' world renowned facilities, located on NC State's Centennial Campus. (1000 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606)
Interested in attending? Apply Online!
Acceptance is based on available space and qualifications of those applying. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 2013.
Questions? Please email Amanda Holbrook from the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department if you have any questions.
Dress Code: You'll be in the lab (!!) so please wear long pants, closed toed shoes and hair ties for long hair. (Clickhere for TECS' Commitment to Safety.)
More Information: Click here for maps, 2012's camp schedule and release forms required to attend camp.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Teen Summer Camp Opportunity: Horticulture at NC State University

There are lots of great high school camp opportunities in the Triangle NC area, many associated with local universities or institutions.  So this is the first in a series of posts about these outstanding summer learning opportunities for teens.  Here is the information about the Horticulture program offered by NC State University:

Horticultural Science Summer Institute
July 7th-12th, 2013

High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a weeklong, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices, climbing trees, designing landscapes and delving into tools that enhance our understanding of plant growth. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses, eat delicious local food, explore campus, watch garden films, and arrange flowers.  Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development.

The cost of the institute will be $500 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. Many meals (but not all) included. Please fill out the online application and have a non-family member submit one letter of recommendation to or Liz Driscoll, 218 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609, Raleigh, NC 27695

Click here to submit an application! Applications due by May 22, 2013 at 5:00PM. 

Draft Schedule (Please see attached last year's schedule)
Sunday, July 7th
Afternoon Registration (Tentatively Bragaw Hall), Cookout and Keynote opening                               

Monday, July 8th
Ornamental Plants (visit to JC Raulston, plant identification, plant propagation, cut flowers, nursery) Evening activities: team-building, campus exploration 

Tuesday, July 9th
Vegetables (vegetable production, breeding, food safety, farm tour) Evening: garden movie screening

Wednesday, July 10th
Veggies and local foods (fruit production, tasting, grafting, food systems, farmer’s market) Evening: Floral design 

Thursday, July 11th
Landscape Design and Consumer Horticulture (landscape design, treen-climbing, rain gardens) Evening: Cookout, games, presentation editing 

Friday, July 13th
Career reflections, college decisions, Parent luncheon

For more information visit:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wake County Teen Poetry Contest Now Open

It's time for the annual Teen Poetry Contest that is organized each year by the Wake County Public Library (NC) system.  Teens living in Wake County, NC and in grades 6-12 can submit up to three original poems to the contest.  Winners are chosen for 6th, 7th-8th, 9th-10th, and 11th-12th grades and are honored with a trophy, reading their work at a reception, and having their work published on the WCPL website.

Submit your poems online before the deadline of April 30 on the Poetry Contest website:

Good luck to all your teen poets!