Computer Engineering Design Academy

About CED Academy

CED working lab

The Computer Engineering Design (CED) Academy seeks to inspire 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school students to envision themselves as scientists and engineers by exposing them to hands-on design experiences that connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to tangible, real-life applications using new and exciting technology.

Participants in CED will learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programming. Students will be introduced to manufacturing techniques with a particular focus on rapid prototyping. They will also gain skills using 3D printers as well as hands-on experience with Micro-Bits and Rovers. Each student will have the opportunity to take home 3D-printed items they create at the end of the program.

Summer 2024 CED Academy*

CED Academy is offered two weeks in the summer, both weeks cover the same content. You may register for multiple weeks of CED, but please note that the instructional content and activities will be the same for both Week A and Week B.

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  • Computer Engineering Design Academy is offered for a fee of $499.
  • This registration fee includes the cost of take-home materials
  • Lunch is included in the registration fee for this program (M-F).


Current Rice Faculty and Staff, Rice Alumni, or Military and Veterans: please email or call the R-STEM office at 713-348-8211 to receive the discount code before registering your child.

Program Dates

Week A
June 24 - June 28, 2024
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Week B
July 15 - July 19, 2024
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The activities in CED Academy are designed for current (2023-2024) 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The content will be different than last year as we are utilizing micro:bits and rovers!

Space is limited, and the camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete an individual registration for each child you are registering.

Completing the registration form does NOT guarantee placement in the program. Acceptance to the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee and completion of the required participant agreement and release forms.

Cost: $499 per week

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All future registrants who have not yet paid and completed the required participant agreement and release forms will be placed on a waiting list.

All registrants are required to submit signed participant agreement and release forms for minors as part of their registration process for each child.

If you are a school district wishing to pay with a PO for a group of participants, contact Matthew Cushing at

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing (by e-mail) to RSTEM.

A 50% refund will be received if the request is made at least 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.

No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. To apply for a scholarship please click the links below to download the application. Do NOT register for the Academy if you are applying for a scholarship. Once scholarships have been awarded registration links will be sent to scholarship recipients.

English Scholarship Application
Spanish Scholarship Application

Program Flyer

To view and download the CED program flyer click here.


COVID-19 Protocol

CED will follow Rice guidelines and CDC suggestions for summer programs.

Please click here to view the Rice policy for summer programs.

CDC summer camp suggestions can be found here.

CED Administration

If you have any questions about CED, please contact the program instructors.

Brittany Templeton
Assistant Director for Computer Science and Mathematics
713-348-8218 |

*Program times, dates, and locations, are subject to change before the first day of the program.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445