Spark of Curiosity

The child who needs to know how things work have the makings of a great engineer. Spark the curiosity of your child or student by enrolling him or her in one of Speed School’s outreach programs.

Speed School Outreach Programs

Engineering is an important and exciting field of study, and we want everyone — particularly kids — to know it. We offer special programming to promote engineering to local elementary and middle school students.

If your child or student is interested in an engineering career, he or she can start exploring now.

Contact Speed School Admissions & Outreach Office,  for more information.


2023 Speed School summer camp series

Camp DatesTimeDescriptionAgeLocationCamp Fee
Tuesday, June 13, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Additive Manufacturing – Additive manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the engineering field. This camp will introduce students to the basics of 3D printing /additive manufacturing though hands-on activities that will give them the tools to start creating.Elementary School Students (3rd-5th Graders)Maker13 (Jeffersonville, IN)Cost: $125


Wednesday, June 14, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Bridge to Engineering – The world around us is built on the foundations of civil, mechanical, and industrial engineering. Exploring the basics of physics and design, students will gain knowledge of how engineers build cities from the ground up.Elementary School Students (3rd-5th Graders)J.B. Speed School of EngineeringCost: $125


Thursday, June 15, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Cracking the Code to Engineering – Ever wonder how engineers can turn a few lines of code into a fully functioning computer program? This camp will expose students to the fundamentals of computer and electrical engineering while helping them build basic skills in coding.Elementary School Students (3rd-5th Graders)J.B. Speed School of EngineeringCost: $125


Friday, June 16, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Engineering LifeEverything around us is made up of molecules, which is great news for bio and chemical engineers. Students will learn the basics of bio and chemical engineering during this camp while also exploring the methods engineers use every day to improve the world around us.Elementary School Students (3rd-5th Graders)J.B. Speed School of EngineeringCost: $125


Tuesday, June 20, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Additive Manufacturing – Additive manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the engineering field. This camp will introduce students to the basics of 3D printing /additive manufacturing though hands-on activities that will give them the tools to start creating.Middle School Students (6th – 8th Graders)JB Speed School of EngineeringCost: $125


Tuesday, June 20, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.Building the Future of Charlestown – Builders will break into 30, four-person teams, to build their vision of Charlestown. With the assistance of volunteers from the Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Maker13, and Core Construction, builds will include creating a school, police station, fire department, parks, restaurants, the city square, utility buildings and more. Special Charlestown touches will include creating a train station and a Christmas theme.Charlestown residents and Greater Clark County School students  (ages 8 to 12 years of age)Charlestown Middle SchoolCost: FREE

Registration Closed. Camp is Full.

Wednesday, June 21 – Friday, June 23, 20239 a.m. – 3 p.m.The Future Civilization– Students will create a city with the help of civil engineering professionals while using additional   engineering skills in mechanical and bioengineering. Students can build a small-scale wind and hydro turbines, both AC & DC and experiment with wind, electric, and hydro power. Some parts   for the experiments will introduce the student to 3D printing.Middle School Students (6th – 8th Graders)J.B. Speed School of EngineeringCost: $275


Sunday, July 9 – Sunday, July 16, 2023Brown-Forman INSPIRE – The Brown-Forman INSPIRE Program is week-long residential experience that aims to introduce   high school students to core engineering concepts and college-readiness skills. Students must be Jefferson County residents, show academic achievement, and apply for the program with a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor.High School Students (9th-12th Graders)J.B. Speed School of EngineeringCost: FREE upon acceptance
Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 2023Additive & Coding Powered by Ballard HS –  Come see if Ballard Engineering is the correct fit for your high school pathway.  We will be leading a 3-day long hands-on engineering camp with a focus on 3d printing and coding arduinos.  By the end of the camp students will be able to create a home alarm system to protect their room from unwanted intruders.  Students will get to keep their Arduino kits to take home and continue to build exciting new projects.  This camp will be led by the Ballard Engineering teachers in collaboration with University of Louisville Speed School students.Students entering 8th and 9th grade for the 23-24 school yearBallard High SchoolCost: $275


Tuesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 27, 2023Advanced 3D Printing – this summer camp will be hosted at the University of Louisville STEM Hub. This camp is designed for students entering 7th-12th grade already familiar with the basics of 3D desktop printing and interested in further training in CAD and using 3D printers. Attendees will tour UofL engineering labs and have hands on project-based learning of 3D printing technologies.Students entering 7th-12th grade for the 23-24 school yearUniversity of Louisville

Speed School camp aims to make life easier for those with disabilities

Last month, Speed School hosted high school students at the Design the Future camp.

Other Opportunities

DatesTimeDescriptionAgeLocationCamp Fee
June 5th – 14th 202310 a.m. – 3 p.m.The Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) is a Speed School-affiliated Institute working on emerging research areas related to automation and robotics. This position(s) will assist LARRI research teams with project tasks related to analysis, programming, hands-on prototyping and experimentation on robot systems.High School Students (16+)LARRI (1940 Arthur St., Louisville KY, 40208)Paid sponsored internship


July 17th – 21st 202312 p.m. – 5 p.m.The Virtual NanoSIMST 2023, Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers UofL Speed School of Engineering, via an NSF Funded Grant Program called KY Multiscale, is joining with other leading colleges in nanotechnology education (Stanford, Cornell, U. Minnesota, Montana State U. Arizona StateU., U. San Diego, and VATech) around the country to offer a virtual 1-week program in Nanoscience for Middle School Teachers. Enrollment is limited due to the nature of the program (6 spots for KY teachers this summer – $600 stipend per teacher + $300 for materials going back to classroom). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 7, 2023.
For any questions regarding the program please reach out to our local contact:
Middle School TeachersVirtualStipend