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Summer Academies

The summer academy provides out-of-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment to high school students. The residential summer programs will be hosted on the ECSU campus and will be open to only high school students (Rising 9th – 12th graders). The non-residential camps will be conducted at our partnering school districts (satellite sites). STEM careers require hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to a career in science, engineering, and aviation.

NASA High School Aerospace/Aviation Career Academy

The NASA-ECSU Aerospace/Aviation Career Academy (Residential) program at ECSU is an exciting hands-on, week-long aviation program for high school students. Conducted by the Aviation Science program, the camp has focuses on aviation, aeronautical science, flight theory, airplanes as a vehicle, aviation history, STEM concepts as it relates to aviation, socio-economic benefits of aviation and aviation careers.  This academy will enhance their enjoyment in discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. 

NASA/BWF High School Drone Exploration Academy

The goal of the Drone Exploration Academy (Residential) is to capitalize on the increasing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as Drones, to spark student interest and provide an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on project activities, students will be engaged real-world engineering design and scientific investigation using drones. Students will be engaged in mini–Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design to enhance authentic and experiential learning, science challenges and outdoor activities that will make them laugh, think and express themselves with complete freedom.  The Drone Exploration Academy is funded through grants from NASA and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.


National Summer Transportation Institute

The STI program (Non-Residential) at ECSU is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is in its 22nd year. The goal of the program is to expose high school students to careers in transportation and how STEM training is the key to obtain theses careers. The 2-4 week program covers topics in physics, electronics, programming, computer-aided-design, and mathematics. Lectures are complimented by weekly field trips and guest speakers. The theme of this summer’s STI program is Designing and Programming Robotic Ground Vehicles.

2022 Summer Program Schedule


Camp Name


June 19 - June 24, 2022

High School NASA/BWF Aerospace/Aviation/Drone Exploration Academy - 1

ECSU Campus

June 26 – July 1, 2022

High School NASA/BWF Aerospace/Aviation/Drone Exploration Academy - 2

ECSU Campus

June 19 – July 2, 2022

ECSU Summer Transportation Institute

ECSU Campus

May 27  - July 31, 2022

ECSU Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy 
(Residential) - Application Closed

ECSU Campus


Selections for the Summer Academies will be made by May 7, 2022.

Click here to apply to High School NASA/BWF Aerospace/Aviation/Drone Exploration Academy

Click here to apply to the ECSU Summer Transportation Institute