Engineering Minds - For Gifted and Talented (Entering grades 6-12)

  • Entering grades 6-12 (For Middle and High School Students)
  • Dates Session 1: July 20-24
  • Dates Session 2: July 27-31
  • Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Cost: $350/ week (price includes all supplies)
  • Teacher: Stephan P. Athan, Ph.D. and Assistant Rudy Mician
  • Location: Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch
This popular camp from last year is back with even more new and exciting activities! Every day of this camp is a new day with inspirational learning opportunities! Engineering Minds summer workshops are like no other and are designed for super curious students of science and technology! This course is designed for high level learners. These rigorous workshops inspire, enlighten, and empower students through the teaching of engineering theory, application, and career or “soft” skills. Students are actively engaged through discussions, demonstrations, experiments, applications, and science videos. A broad range of disciplines is covered, including electrical, mechanical, aerospace, computer, and biomedical engineering and such diverse topics as quantum physics, electromagnetics, failure engineering, artificial intelligence, and deep space travel, just to name a few. The direction of this camp is student led and takes on the format the students find most interesting and enlightening.

The primary project technology used is the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Engineering Minds is the only program to successfully offer the FPGA technology (a course offered to undergraduate engineering students and middle and high school students). This technology is beyond the scope of general purpose robotics, microcontrollers, microprocessors, and programming platforms, such as Rasberry Pi, Arduino, and Python, offered at other summer programs.

Students will learn gyroscopic aerodynamics during our aviation segment using the Frisbee. The segment includes complex technique, team play strategy, and Ultimate Frisbee. Students will also learn to fly drones. They will be introduced to the RAD Climber: the only portable, interactive engineering climbing apparatus in the world, invented and patented (US Patent #7,992,353) by Dr. Athan ( Each student will receive a complimentary “Microelectronics Timeline – The Electron’s Perspective” poster, custom designed by Dr. Athan (

Students should bring a laptop and lunch.

This course is a very special opportunity! We highly recommend early registration as space is limited.

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