Technology Institute

Inspire yourself by exploring the intersection of technology and innovation.

In today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world, technology has invaded almost every aspect of our lives. In this Institute, students will learn how big data is leveraged to shape buying habits and consider the security ramifications and implications that a world shaped by the Internet of Things presents.  Students will immerse themselves in the world of technology and gain an understanding of how a $35.00 computer is enabling the next wave of innovators and entrepreneurs. There will be extensive hands-on experiences with hardware and software giving students a taste of what it’s like to work as a programmer. This Institute explores technology from the inside out.

At a Glance


Dates: July 18 – 23

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,700 

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

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*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Technology Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Programming
  • The Internet of Things
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Cyber Security

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Arduino Microcontroller Workshops
  • Raspberry Pi Workshop
  • Tour Wake Downtown and the Innovation Quarter
  • Explore technologies at a NASCAR racing facility
  • Create your own podcast

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Technology Institute Cost

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,700

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Workshop 1: Arduino Microcontroller
  • 11:00 am – Guest Speaker: Gaming Engineer/Programmer
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Tech Careers
  • 1:30 pm – Activity: Data Mining and Ethics Discussion
  • 2:30 pm – Field Trip – NASCAR Racing Facility
  • 4:30 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader

Paul Whitener

Academic Leader, Technology

Paul Whitener is the Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education at Wake Forest University. As an Information Systems staff member assigned to the Wake Forest makerspace, the WakerSpace, Paul is involved in technology and making, which is used to teach students in and out of the classroom. With a bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Television Production Concentration and an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Paul brings over 30 years of experience, all based in technology, to the program. In his current role, Paul works with students on a daily basis helping them to utilize various technologies in their classwork. He also co-teaches the Computer Science STEM Robotics course as well as leads many “pop-up” labs geared towards extracurricular learning for the WFU community. These labs include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, laser cutting, and 3D printing technologies. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Paul is also involved in many technology outreaches to middle and high school students.