Discover the world of engineering at the NSLC on Engineering for middle school students.

With a focus on aerospace, biotechnology and robotics, students will spend time building, experimenting, and learning the impact science has on society. Hands‐on activities are designed to help future engineers explore the educational paths open to them in high school, college, and beyond.

Program Highlights

Leadership Development
Challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone and develop your leadership potential

Interactive Activities
Students will participate in interactive workshops that allow them to explore science and technology

Fun & Engaging Trips & Tours
Visit museums, institutions, and monuments in Washington, D.C.

Hands-on Simulations

Our Engineering program for middle school students uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to explore the world of engineering.

Topics include:

  • Bridge Building
  • Intro to Soldering (building flashlights)
  • Marble Coasters
  • Intro to Rocketry (model rockets)


Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC middle school programs is seeing the sites around our nation’s capital. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and educational trips specifically tailored to explore the field of engineering.

Students are escorted on all field trips and stay within their TA Group or other supervised groups.

Trips may include:

American University

Air & Space Museum | Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Building Museum | Capitol Hill | Monument Tour

Georgetown University

Air & Space Museum | Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Building Museum | Capitol Hill | Monument Tour

Leadership Development

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Engineering program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication


Program tuition includes housing (if application), all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during field trips and tours. Students will be held responsible for damage to rooms and lost room keys.

Residential Option: Residential students live on campus in a dormitory. This tuition includes room and on-campus meals. Students are housed with one or two roommates on a gender specific floor. The front desk of the dormitory is monitored 24-hours a day and NSLC staff live on the floor to provide supervision each night. A pillow, towel and bedsheets are included.

Commuter Option: Commuter students will check-in each morning between 7:00am-7:30am and check-out between 8:00pm-8:30pm each night. Commuter students are provided the same meals as residential students but the tuition rate does not include housing accommodations. Between 7:30am-8:00pm each day, we ask that students only be signed-out for medical or family emergencies.

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