Explore Engineering

July 17 -21, 2023

Explore Engineering is a five-day summer enrichment program for middle school students from Charlottesville and Albemarle County; it is focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

This program is sponsored by the Public Education Foundation of Charlottesville/Albemarle, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and local industries.

The camp will be held in Rice Hall at the University of Virginia from July 17 – 21, 2013. We meet each day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a break for lunch at UVA’s O-Hill dining facility.

Each morning, student teams will work on hands-on engineering activities. Last year, they were Special Delivery (transporting a ping pong ball to a remote location using a limited set of materials), Harness the Wind (generating electricity with wind power), Trash Sliders (building a vehicle from trash that could transverse an obstacle course without spilling its load), and Ra Power (designing and building a solar car to pull weighed cart).

Afternoons are devoted to individual art activities conceived and directed by a local artist. Last year, these included building UFO’s, making plaster fossils using sand casting, constructing and painting paper kites, and making masks using vacuform technology.

Each year the activities may be different, but will engage and excite the students.

Contact persons
Larry G Richards –
Leah Puryear –

Fine Arts camp

Telling Our Own Stories

Our Heritage & Culture, A Fine Arts Camp 2023

PEF is proud to announce “Telling Our Own Stories”, a summer camp experience for two weeks at the end of July open to rising 5th through 9th grade students Charlottesville and Albemarle County public schools. Campers will be able to select tracks to focus on during camp from playwriting, film, visual art, theatrical arts, music, urban farming, and dance. All campers will work together to create a final showcase.

Contact for more information.


Teacher Innovation Grant

PEF announces the annual Teacher Innovation Grant open to public education teachers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County for 2023. Grant funding gives teachers an opportunity to create and run an innovative learning project at any grade level. Innovative projects must address a learning goal in a new, unique way; or other project that engages learners in an effective way. All projects must align with the APCS Strategic Plan.