Have you ever wondered how dynamite works? How about fireworks? You will learn how these things work from experts like lead instructor, Dr. Paul Worsey, who co-hosted The Detonators, which aired on the Discovery Channel.

Eligibility: Requires application and acceptance.  Application is open to rising 11th and 12th graders, fall 2024 (must be 16 years of age and U.S. citizen or permanent resident).  A background check by your state law enforcement is required for students aged 18 and over. 


Date: June 2-7, 2024
Eligibility: Rising 11th - 12th graders, and graduating seniors
Capacity: 15 students
Registration Fee: $1,450 (paid after you are accepted - includes all meals, housing and camp materials)
Application: Required, see application details below

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Application Deadline: April 30th 2024

Do not send registration fee with your application. Registration will only need to be paid if you are accepted into one of the camps.

The application requires a 300-500 word response to, "Why I am interested in a career that focuses on application of explosives". You may wish to prepare this text prior to processing online application, along with ensuring that the documents below are available to upload.

  • In addition, we require the following:
    1. one page resume - include any work experience, community/school involvement, academic achievements and awards
    2. letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor

Acceptance Notification
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in application by May 1, 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.

Your acceptance is considered complete only when registration fee is received. Spots that have not been confirmed with payment will be considered incomplete and offered to other wait-listed applicants.

For questions on camp content, contact:

Mr. Stephen Casey, Coordinator of Explosives camp

For questions on logistics, application or registration, contact:

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

Secure Your Spot for the Explosive Summer of a Lifetime!

Spaces are limited, so don't miss out – apply now and join us for an unforgettable summer filled with excitement, learning, and explosive fun! Whether you dream of a career in pyrotechnics or simply want to satisfy your curiosity about the world of explosives, our Summer Explosives Camp promises to be an experience like no other.

Camp activities include:

  •         Safety precautions when handling explosives
  •         How to prime and shoot dynamite
  •         Where explosives are used
  •         What explosive-related careers are available
  •         How underground blasts work
  •         How pyrotechnics are used in special effects
  •         How to make a 3" fireworks shell
  •         How to set up and shoot off a firework display
  •         Basics of explosives demolition

Ready to Light Up the Sky with Your Passion for Explosives? Apply Today!

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?

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.