Due in part to the introduction of a new Executive Director this spring, the UNC School of Education will not hold camp this year, 2019, but will use the next year to reflect, identify and build on our strengths, explore new programs and partnerships, so we can offer a bigger and better ImagineLab experience in 2020.

ImagineLab: A Summer of Teen Innovation & Celebration!

Imagine a place where teens come in with dreams and come out empowered by new possibilities. This summer, students will have the chance to build skills, connections, and confidence as they become designers, makers and innovators, and make lasting friendships along the way.

At two new camps offered by UNC’s School of Education and the MEITE program, middle and high school students explore art and design, gaming, engineering and computer science in an innovative and empowering way in our newly redesigned facility at the Carolina Center for Excellence in Education.

Students will have the chance to learn coding, compose original songs, program robots, build their own games, create virtual worlds,  design and build their own costumes, props and accessories, produce their own videos and songs, build in 3D, explore our immersive virtual reality learning lab, and pitch their creations in an innovation showcase.


Do you like to work with your hands? Do you like to solve problems? Do you love getting compliments on things you made yourself?  Take a chance on DreamBuilders, a camp designed for teens like you. Whether it be through programming robots, coding in Scratch, making music, producing films, using recycled materials to build new products and much more,  DreamBuilders will help you expand your skills as a creative maker and problem solver.

Activities include

  • Writing, producing, and acting in an original film
  • Building and programming robots for battle
  • Transforming digital drawings into stickers, buttons, and more
  • Creating printable 3D models using Tinkercad
  • Producing original soundtracks and songs



Do you want to play games competitively or collaboratively with a team of your peers? Do you enjoy making your own games that you can share with your friends? Do you like to show your love for a favorite or original character through your fashion and/or cosplay? If you love the world of games, GameChangers is the camp for you. And you should let your parents know, when you play and/or make games, you aren’t just having fun, you are also developing your ability to problem solve, test and debug, iterate and adjust, and collaborate with peers. Ready to take on the title of GameChanger? Start your summer adventure here.

Activities include

  • Building games in Sploder, Scratch, GameMaker Pro and Unity
  • Playing your favorite games in tournaments
  • Exploring virtual and augmented reality
  • Creating pixel art, fan-art, animations and accessories featuring favorite or original characters
  • Composing your own game soundtrack


Each camp costs $399/week. An early registration discount of $25 per week will be applied if purchased before the early registration cutoff. Campers are not required to attend all weeks. Purchase weeks as desired. Limited funding is available for families who demonstrate financial need. Email cceesummer@unc.edu of call 984.377.3654 for more info.


ImagineLab offers scholarships for our camps on a first come, first serve basis according to financial need. Scholarship recipients will receive a full week of ImagineLab (either DreamBuilders or GameChangers) for free. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Apply here.

Cancellations and Refunds

Camp tuition fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Cancellations made on or before the cancellation deadline will ensure a full refund of camp tuition.

For cancellations made after the cancellation deadline but before May 14, UNC SOE will refund 50% of fees.

Cancellations made on or after May 14 will not be eligible for a refund. If a camper is unable to attend any paid sessions of camp for any reason, the camper will not receive a refund. If UNC School of Education cancels the camp, you’ll receive a refund of the total camp fee.

Frequently Asked Questions