Learn about materials science and engineering at this free, week-long camp that features team-based, intensive problem-solving science experiences that are a unique blend of education and experimentation.

Materials are the building blocks of civilizations, while advancements in technology are dependent on the available materials. Since materials science touches every aspect of engineering design, the study of materials provides opportunities for students to learn science and math in the context of diverse, real-world applications.

The field of materials science and engineering offers career opportunities as boundless as the imagination, in just about every industry. This camp is for highly motivated students with an aptitude for math and science. Under the supervision of engineering experts, campers will learn how to safely use state-of-the-art research equipment and processes, including electron microscopy, heat treating, tensile testing of metals, synthesis of slime and foam polymers, composites, and liquid crystal thermometers.

Materials Science is a hub discipline, having strong connections with other disciplines that rely on materials including chemistry, biology, archeology, economics, and physics. Experts in these fields collaborate with materials scientists and engineers to understand the role of materials in their work.



Date: July 21-25, 2024
Eligibility: Rising 11th-12th graders
Capacity: 48 students
Application: Required
Registration Fee: Free, with acceptance (includes all meals, housing and camp materials)

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Application Deadline: May 1st 2024


Student Selection Process

This is a competitive application process. Students are asked to describe why they want to learn more about materials science and engineering as a possible college major and career. Students must have a strong interest in applied materials science. Before submitting your online application, you may wish to prepare a personal statement describing why you should be selected to participate - up to 200 words in length. For more information on applied materials science, please visit our website at https://mse.mst.edu/

Acceptance Notification
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in application by end of May 2024. Be sure to use an address that is regularly checked. Accepted applicants must then submit registration and payment online to reserve spot, online payment link will be provided with your acceptance notification.

For questions on camp content, contact:

Dr. Kelley Wilkerson, Coordinator of ASM Exploring Materials in Your World camp

For questions on logistics, application or registration, contact:

Kummer Center for STEM Education, Missouri University of Science & Technology


Campers will learn about materials science using a range of professional equipment and skills through team-based, intensive problem-solving science experiences. This camp is designed with a series of short lectures together with hands-on, interactive laboratory sessions and demonstrations; a truly unique, team-based problem-solving experience that explores materials science and engineering principles. S&T is proud to offer an amazing summer camp experience that is interesting, fun, relevant, and educational.

Materials science is an interdisciplinary approach to science that brings together tools in science, technology, and mathematics to solve societal critical needs. Camp attendees will network with professionals, and explore college, and career options with faculty, staff, and current S&T students throughout their time on campus.

Camp Activities:

  •         Solve technical problems. Students work in small groups to investigate various aspects and applications of engineering metals and ceramics.
  •         Explore several materials-related industries.
  •         Attend guest presentations.
  •         Participate in group projects, including design-build contests.
  •         Daily activity challenges related to various areas of materials science (materials provided)

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. USA Express provides shuttle service from St. Louis Lambert Airport to Rolla. You can contact USA Express by calling 1-800-872-9399 or visiting their website at https://www.usaxonline.com/. If you are having challenges arranging transportation, please contact the STEM Center for additional assistance.

All camps will have a $50 non-refundable fee. Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so two weeks (14 full days) prior to the first day of their chosen program. No refunds will be made after this date.

Missouri S&T reserves the right to cancel any program in the event of insufficient registrations, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately via email and phone, and all fees will be returned in full.

Want More Information?

For more information, contact Dr. Kelley Wilkerson, Assistant Teaching Professor of Materials Science & Engineering.


Summer Camps at S&T

Suite 104, 1200 N. Pine St, Rolla, MO
Phone: (573) 341-6204
Email: stemcenter@mst.edu

Operating Hours

Monday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.