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Note: Due to the continued uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will be held online for summer 2021. The daily schedule will be shortened in order to accommodate this. Because we were not able to hold the program in 2020, we will also be accepting rising 9th graders for this summer only.

Why Attend?

Do you get tired of the same old thing summer after summer? If the answer is “yes” then you may want to attend Imagination. You will be introduced to the exciting and fun “stuff” we do at Virginia Tech. We have engineers, scientists and college students ready to help you explore the world of science, technology and engineering . . . Not by watching, but by DOING! You will spend half of your day completing an engineering design project and the other half participating in hands in sessions exploring the many different aspects of engineering.

Who is Eligible?

Rising 7th or 8th graders are invited to apply. Preference will be given to first time applicants.

When Should I Plan to Arrive and Depart?

Imagination will host two weeklong sessions:

  • June 21 - June 25, 2021
  • July 19 - July 23, 2021

from 8:30 am to 4:000 pm on the Virginia Tech campus.  Free bus transportation will be provided from Roanoke to Blacksburg and return during the second week (July 19 - 23) ONLY. 

What Should I Bring?

Wear what you usually wear to school, but keep in mind that some of the labs may be messy. Virginia Tech is a large campus, so you will do a lot of walking - comfortable, closed-toed shoes are a must. You will use our computers and laboratory supplies. Lunch will be provided at one of Virginia Tech's dining halls.

When can I apply?

The application process is open. Applicants will be evaluated and admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

How much does the program cost?

  • A $150 non-refundable fee will be required for those students who are accepted. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. Should payment of the $150 fee cause undue hardship for an applicant, a number of scholarships are available. It is not intended that anyone be prevented from participating due to financial concerns.
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Contact Imagination

215 Hancock Hall (0275), 490 Old Turner St., Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7337
Email Imagination

Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity

215 Hancock Hall (0275), 490 Old Turner St., Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7411
Email CEED