ECSU Summer Programs Keep Kids Busy, Learning

ECSU Summer Programs Keep Kids Busy, Learning

Ace Academy summer campers are introduced to STEM related careers through activities, field trips and more.

Summer brain drain; it’s a term coined to describe kids leaving school and intellectual stimulation behind for the summer months. And if it’s something parents worry over, they only need to look as close as Elizabeth City State University for summer fun that stimulates and educates middle and high school students, and even one for senior citizens.

This summer, beginning June 12 and running through August, there will be nine programs on the ECSU campus. The programs range from the NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy – a summer favorite – to mathematics, girl empowerment, and basketball.

Each program brings world-class educators together with area students and raises the bar on summer fun. Here is a look at the available programs:

ECSU Summer Transportation Institute
The Summer Transportation Institute introduces high school students to potential STEM career opportunities that exist in the area of transportation.

Date: June 12
Time: 9a.m.-3p.m.
Grade: 11 & 12 (Non-Residential)
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dr. Ellis Lawrence 252-340-3446,
NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy (Summer 2017)
Activities will introduce students to STEM fields to careers in aerospace through a balanced mix of theory, hands-on activities, field trips, and guest lectures.
Date: June 18 – June 23 or July 9 – 14
Grade: 9-12 (Residential Camp)
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dr. Kuldeep Rawat 252-335-3846,, Mr. Warren Poole, 252-335-3443,, Mr. Orestes Gooden, 252-335-3822,
Pathways in Mathematics Education and Remote Sensing (PiMERS) Middle School Program
This is a joint effort between ECSU and NASA Langley Research Center. Working with NASA programs, students will focus on STEM subjects such as computer information science, and engineering.  

Date: June 19-30
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grade: Rising 7 & 8 (Non-Residential)
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dr. Darnell Johnson 252-335-3696,
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science /ECSU-NC-MSEN  Summer Transportation Institute (Middle School)
This summer institute impacts middle school students by providing career awareness and learning experiences that focus on transportation and related courses of study. Students will enroll in five classes; (1) Enhancement, (2) Math, (3)Entrepreneurship, (4) Career Exploration, and (5) SeaPerch Designing. During this four week period students will be exposed to rigorous hands-on, inquiry-based activities and lab experiences in STEM.

Date: June 19, 2017 –July 17
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Grade: 7 and 8
Contact: Mr. Antonio Rook , 252-335-3468, / Mr. Milton Bond,  252-335-3409,
Upward Bound

Students receive the opportunity to live on the university campus and participate in cultural enrichment activities which provide students with insights and experiences that will generate the motivation necessary to proceed with furthering their education.

Date: June 25, 2017 – August 3
Grade: 9, 10, 11& 12 (Residential)
Contact:  Mrs. Quay Dozier, 252-335-3368, Dr. Kimberly Stanley, 252-335-3370,
Camp Empower
Girls participate in daily brainstorming and group discussions; personal vision and goal manifestation activities; confidence, team-building and leadership sessions. Innovative and creative business development projects and games will introduce concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurial pursuits, and community service while developing the existing talents and skills of our young ladies.

Date: June 26-28
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grade: Rising 7, 8, and 9 (Girls Only)
Cost: $25
Contact: Melba Smith, Radio and TV Services, 252-335-3985, 
NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy (Summer 2017)

The NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy of Northeastern North Carolina (NENC) is a collaborative effort between NASA, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and six satellite school system sites: Bertie, Windsor; Elizabeth City/Pasquotank; Halifax, Enfield; Green, Snow Hill,; Martin, Williamston,; and Perquimans.

This STEM enrichment program engages middle school students in activities that improve their analytical skills. Participants will develop and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed for success in STEM studies and STEM Careers.

This year’s theme “A Mission to Mars” will use STEM skills to design, construct, and simulate a virtual trip to Mars utilizing activities through both individual and group work with cooperative learning that reinforces hands-on and classroom learning.

Date: June 26 – June 30
Grade: 6-8 (Non-Residential)
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dr. Kuldeep Rawat  252-335-3846, , Mr. Warren Poole, 252-335-3443,,  Mr. Orestes Gooden, 252-335-3822,
Pathways in Mathematics Education and Remote Sensing (PiMERS) Senior Computer Training Camp
This program, geared toward the region’s senior citizen population, will put a focus on computer technology training.

Date: July 10- August 24
Time: TBA
Age: Senior Citizens
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dr. Darnell Johnson 252- 335-3696, 
ECSU Viking Auxiliary Team to Host Youth Basketball Camp

Campers will work closely with Camp Director Coach Ronald Nixon, the ECSU coaching staff and student assistants for individual instructions and in competition situation.

Date: July 12 & 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
Location: R. L. Vaughan Center Gymnasium
Registration: To register, contact 252- 338-3194.  
Contact:  Maryella Leigh,  or Katherine Felton,