Summer Exploration Program

Come explore with us this summer!

Are we on the verge of a zombie apocalypse?

Our campus is scattered with zombies due to a mysterious viral outbreak! Help us stop the outbreak by engaging your curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in a six-day experiential summer STEM program. Design and build a zombie detector, dissect a zombie brain and purify contaminated waters to eliminate the virus before it’s too late!

Summer 2020 application is live!

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • STEM
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology 
  • Sustainability
  • Hydrology 

Hands-On Learning

  • Soil Sample Analysis 
  • Zombie Brain Dissection
  • Develop a Water Purification System 
  • Build a motion detector 
  • Sustainability Techniques
  • Energy Resources
  • Engineering a delivery system

A Day in the Life of an Explorer

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
9-9:30 a.m. Morning Mission Meeting: How did the outbreak begin?
9:30-10:30 a.m. Introduction to Neuroscience
10:30-11:45 a.m. Neuroscience Activity: Zombie Brain Dissection: dissect an “infected” brain to determine the cause of zombie symptoms & behaviors
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch & Zombie Protection Training Activity: Zombie Freeze Tag
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Introduction to Disease Epidemiology
2:00-3:15 p.m. Disease Epidemiology Activity: Scavenger Hunt: interview recently infected patients, trace disease evidence and collect data across campus
3:30-4:15 p.m. Zombie Survival Kit Construction
4:30-5:30 p.m. Free Time
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Evening activities
8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Prepare for Bed
9:30 p.m. Lights Out


At a Glance

Program Week Options
  • June 14-19, 2020
  • June 21-26, 2020
  • July 5-10, 2020
  • July 12-17, 2020
  • Rising 7th Grade through Rising 9th Grade
Program Location
  • Winston Salem, NC
Program Length
  • 1 Week Session
Program Tuition
  • $2,350, need-based scholarships are available to those who qualify


Day or Overnight
  • Overnight