Computer Engineering Design Academy

About CED Academy

CED participants working on an activity

The Computer Engineering Design (CED) Academy seeks to inspire 6th, 7th, and 8th grade 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 and learn how objects can be made using 3D technology. Students get to take home their own Arduino kit and 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.


Computer Engineering Design Academy is offered for a fee of $449. This covers the cost of take home materials.

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

Program Dates

Week I
June 24 - June 28, 2023
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Week II
July 15 - July 19, 2023
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.

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. After submitting the registration form, you will be redirected to Rice Sign Up for payment.

Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants per week. All future registrants or registrants that have not yet paid will be placed on a waiting list.

Registrants will be required to submit signed release forms for minors as part of their registration 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

You can access a PDF version for download 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, you can contact the program leads.

Roger Ramirez
Associate Director for Mathematics and Engineering Education
713-348-3267 |

Nancy Gealow
Program Administrator
713-348-5648 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation 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