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Upcoming Programs

2015 Programs
IMHOTEP Spring 2015 Session: Biotechnology and You
Registration Open (Closes December 12 at 11:45 PM)
January 31 - February 28, 2015
Program Dates
January 5, 2015
Early Registration Cutoff
January 15, 2015 6:30 pm
Manditory Orientation
IMHOTEP Summer 2015 Session: Human Health and Technology
June 22 - 27, 2015
Program Dates
May 15, 2015
Early Registration Cutoff
May 18, 2015 6:30 pm
Manditory Orientation
Algebra Program 2015 Session: Algebra and Architecture
July 13 - 17, 2015
Program Dates
May 15, 2015
Early Registration Cutoff
June 23, 2015 6:30 pm
Manditory Orientation
IMHOTEP Fall 2015 Session: Lights, Camera, Action
October 3 - 31, 2015
Program Dates
September 8, 2015
Early Registration Cutoff
September 17, 2015 6:30 pm
Manditory Orientation

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IMHOTEP is sponsored by the Biogen Idec Foundation
The mission of the Biogen Idec Foundation is to improve the quality of peoples' lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen Idec operates. The Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations.

What are Imhotep Academy and Photonics Graduates doing Now?


Imhotep AcademyImhotep Academy was established twenty years ago through the vision of Dr. Wandra Hill, Dr. Robert Savage, and the support of Dean Jerry Whitten of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in October 1992.

The program was created to encourage students from African American backgrounds to pursue areas of mathematics and science, celebrate their hertitage, and equipp them to be the next physician, mathematician, engineer, poet, philospher, prime minister, historian, fablist and artist as lived by the Egyptian, Imhotep about 2980 BC.

Mr. Kyran Anderson led the program from 1994-1997 and touched lives of students in grades 6-11. Under the leadership of Dr. Joyce Hiliard-Clark, the program was restructured to provide thematic learning experiences for middle school students and two year-round physics programs for high school students from 1997-2010. A high school program on the topic of Photonics was added with funding from the Burrough Wellcome Fund in 2004 and National Science Foundation in 2005 and 2008. The vision continues to expand under the leadership of the present coordinator, Pamela Gilchrist. 

View photos of past Imhotep programs.

Program Overview

tshirtkidsImhotep Academy introduces under-represented students (African-Americans Hispanic, Native Americans, Women) sixth through eighth grades to the rigorous and exciting worlds of: chemistry, mathematics, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, physics and statistics through laboratory experiments, research projects, classroom instruction, and field trips. Imhotep Academy goals are to:

  • Strengthen students' academic abilities and prepare them for matriculation in the university.
  • Expose students to and promote enthusiam for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Provide multicultural experiences and academic enrichment activities.
  • Teach about the contributions of scientist and inventors from under-represented groups.
  • Buidl self-confidence and self-esteem.

Throughout the year, four different Academy sessions are offered for middle school students (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Imhotep Academy honors the freedom and intellectual pursuit of all students through providing a safe, supportive, and active learning environment for adolescents to learn in peace with their peers, teachers and scientists.

Program Mission

program missionImhotep Academy's mission is to increase student awareness and enthusiasm for learning mathematics and science using hands-on learning activities and educational technologies in mathematics and sciences.

Therefore, the program is designed to guide middle school students toward high school college preparatory courses in science and mathematics and develop their 21st century skills using the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and National Science and Technology standards as a framework.

Fall and Spring Academies

fall and spring programs All classes meet on Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring session from 8:45am-1pm. Students rotate through three classes: science, mathematics and technology. They learn about real world applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on activities, investigations and projects.

Thanks to a generous grant from Biogen Idec, the cost for the fall and spring academies is $25 for early registrations and $35 for late registrations.  See the registration page for the academy you are interested in for exact dates.

A sampling of sessions offered to middle school students include: Discovering the Marvelous World of Light, Biochemistry Applications, Robotics and Renewable Energy, and Adventures in Fiber Optics.

Summer Academy

summer academyAll classes meet for one week from 7:45 am - 12:15 pm in June. Students rotate through three classes that focus on developing their critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills. Durng the exciting and engaging session, students will:

  • Work in groups to solve problems in their science, technology, and mathematics classes.
  • Discover the importance of science,mathematics, and technology.
  • Learn about different careers and programs offered through the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and NCSU's colleges.

The summer academy is for students who have completed the sixth grade. Children that have completed the eight grade may participate ONLY if they have attended previous Imhotep Academies. Thanks to a generous grant from Biogen Idec, the cost for the summer academy is $25 for early registrations and $35 for late registrations.  See the registration page for the academy you are interested in for exact dates.

Summer Algebra Program

cargirlsClasses meeting for one week in July from 7:45 am - 12:15 pm. Students will rotate through three classes using Algebra as a tool for make sense of the world, solve problems, and model everyday numerical scenarios. We invite students to participate in the program and experience the following:

  • Build skills and confidence in algebraic thinking and number reasoning.
  • Discover the importance of mathematics and the connection to career choices.
  • Learn games, use math manipulatives, computers and calculators to solve problems.
  • Develop a positive attitude for mathematics.

All learners will:

  • Use variables and inequalities
  • Analyze real world data using histograms
  • Simplify an expression using order of operations
  • Find the absolute value of a number
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers
  • Solve problems involving negative numbers
  • Write variable expressions
  • Apply variable expression in problem solving

The Algebra program is for students who have completed the 6th grade and have not yet had Algebra in school. The cost for the Algebra program is $25 for early registrations and $35 for late registrations. See the registration page for the program you are interested in for exact dates. A sampling of program sessions offered include: Dive into Algebra, Algebraic Applications.