My daughter did the Early Elementary camp this past Sat and loved it?? thank you!!!


We were thoroughly impressed with the camp.


Wake Academy is currently serving 21 students and we couldn’t do it without your kindness and support.


Staff & Students
Wake Academy

“Thank you so much for working with me.  I also wanted to take a minute to let you know how much my son, Matt, is/has been enjoying your program.  He comes home each day raving about the experiments and mentors, and even teaching me a little more about science!  I have talked with several other parents in his grade level about the program and everything that it offers, and they will also be looking into it for their kids next summer.  I truly appreciate the opportunity that you and your staff have given the kids – these are lifetime memories for all of them.  This will be an experience my son will NEVER forget.  We look forward to additional opportunities with SMILE in the future.”


This camp is well design and lots of fun to my children. We appreciate the instructors in this camp. They did a wonderful job in delivering the knowledge to the students and gave great instruction and background to lead the students working on the experiments.


I wanted to let you know that Eliza LOVED camp yesterday!!!! I will be signing her up for more:)


“I wanted to share with you what a wonderful week my son had at camp and thank his camp mentors Brittany, Lauren and David for doing such a great job.  Alexander came home every day and told us about all the cool experiments they did and by the end of the week he admitted to me that he had a great time.   I can’t tell you how much this meant to me….I just wanted him to see the fun and creative side of science.   He is looking forward to high school science now.”


“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with engineering… At North Carolina State UniversitySMILE (Science Math Interactive Learning Experiences) program, which I attended in middle school, I had my first exposure to applied science. It’s been several years, but those early experiences, such as building simple robots, looking through electron microscopes, and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, have stayed with me. I continued to explore various fields of engineering as I grew, asking for robotics kits for my birthdays and taking higher-level math and science courses in school.

…I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering… at Cornell…[pursuing a] Civil and Environmental Engineering degree and the five-year MBA/CEE… Some of the topics that interest me there are air and water quality engineering, environmental nanotechnology (which connects to my metasurfaces project), sustainable engineering, and climate change.”

SMILE instructor, former SMILE camper, and undergraduate student at Cornell University, beginning Fall 2015

I am writing to thank you, Karen and Toby for three wonderful middle school years of SMILE Camp.

Your SMILE camps are amazing, from the experiments to the NCSU students leading them. Getting a glimpse of what NCSU students do and know and the facilities available to them has been such a motivating and mind opening experience for our child. Your program has fostered a great love of science, computer programming and engineering.

After seeing the possibilities of such things as lasers and 3D printers not to mention all of the chemical compounds etc, we now have a dining room table covered with engineering parts, laser components and a mini 3D printer.


“My daughter Rebecca has just completed a week of SMILE camp.  I am thrilled with your camp and wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your hard work.  She absolutely LOVED the camp.  She has gone thru her experiment journal from cover to cover and explained each experience.  Thank your for matching Natalie as her mentor.  Mentors are so important and Rebecca really admires Natalie.  This is an activity that Rebecca will remember for the rest of her life.  This was definitely time well spent and an investment in her future.   You have inspired her.”


I want you to know that Leif has really enjoyed these two camps. This is the first one in years he has really enjoyed, Everyday he had something to tell. He enjoyed making things and bringing them home from 3D camp and all the actives of the best of Smile Camp. Thanks so much for offering these excellent camps. it was completely worth it.

Professor, Duke

Mia has been raving about the experiments all week and has had an incredible experience with the counselors and other camp attendees. The shining moment was this morning when she asked for some advanced math books. She said she was impressed by the math skills of the other attendees and wanted to improve her own math skills. As a parent it’s great to see a camp that can leave a child so inspired. Well done.


Just to let you know that both of my kids Ian and Alex came back home from camp saying they wanted to study Materials Science when they went to College. I think that says a lot about the great job you and your team are doing to motivate our kids.

Teach Assistance Professor NCSU

I cannot tell you how much the students LOVED having you come on Wednesday. Many parents contacted me that night or the next day to tell me that their son/daughter came home very excited about the day. One student told his mom that it was his favorite school day ever!


“This camp had exactly what I wanted for my daughter — the chance to do interesting experiments and really learn the science behind them.  The staff does a great job of linking everything the students do to the science that makes it possible.  She has learned more materials science, chemistry, physics, and engineering here at SMILE than she has at school. We attend as often as we can!”


“Best summer camp ever!” I was impressed by all the information that the kids shared during their presentation. They all seemed to be engaged and excited by the class. The kids all loved the mentors and seemed to work well with them. Your whole team was once again amazing and friendly! They are such a great, fun group. Thanks for creating such a wonderful program!