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Imhotep Academy

STEM Outreach

Students from the 2019 Imhotep Academy Optics Session
Imhotep 2019 Optics Session

Program Overview

Imhotep Academy is a year-round middle school enrichment program that introduces students to the world of STEM with a particular emphasis on reaching underserved and students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Imhotep aims to increase students’ awareness and enthusiasm for learning STEM, build students’ confidence and identity in STEM, and inspire students to continue studying STEM throughout high school and college. Participants engage in a variety of activities including hands-on investigations, laboratory tours, field trips, leadership, college readiness, and interactions with STEM professionals.


6th – 8th Grade Students

Program Format

Four Academy sessions are offered throughout the year. Fall and Spring sessions meet Saturday mornings from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm. Summer and Algebra sessions meet for one week in June and one week in July from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm.


The Science House, Centennial Campus, North Carolina State University


The registration fee is $225. Early registrants receive a $50 discount on registration fees.

For all payments, a processing fee of $6.00 applies. Registration fees are non-refundable; however, unused registration fees can be applied to future program sessions.


Alonzo Brandon Alexander, Ph.D., Program Director

Upcoming Sessions

ProgramRegistration OpensEarly Registration EndsDates
Sustainable BiomaterialsAugust 30September 21Saturdays, October 9 – November 6
As demand for natural resources increases living sustainably will become more and more important. Students will harness the application of renewable energy and natural resources to create sustainable solutions to societal issues. They will take what they’ve learned and attempt to design their own sustainably sourced products. Participants will also explore careers within the field of biomanufacturing and biomaterials.
Imhotep MakerspaceNovember 15December 31Saturdays, February 5 – March 5
Students become makers that leverage technology to create technology that can solve problems, make our lives easier, and even serve as art. Using everyday materials combined with programming and 3D printing, students will apply what they learn about engineering principles to build and test a variety of innovations. Participants will also learn about careers within the fields of engineering and computer science.
All sessions are offered on NC State’s Centennial Campus unless otherwise noted.