Welcome to the Retro-Tech Reverse Engineering Summer Camp for Middle School Students!

Dive into a world where vintage appliances become the building blocks of innovation. In this hands-on camp, participants will unlock the secrets of old-school gadgets, from analog radios to vintage gaming consoles. Through disassembly, analysis, and reassembly, campers will unravel the inner workings of these classic devices, gaining insights into engineering principles and design concepts. Join us for a summer of exploration, as we turn nostalgia into knowledge and inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts!

Space is Limited! Early registration is recommended. Campers will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon date of registration and when payment is received. Waiting lists will be maintained and filled in the order that they were received should cancellations occur.


Date: July 7-10, 2024
Eligibility: Rising 6th-9th graders
Capacity: 30 students
Registration Fee: $700 (includes all meals, housing and camp materials)

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Jolt Junkies Reverse Engineering Camp will be very hands-on. Students should come prepared to use our tools to disassemble old household appliances. Plan on getting dirty, because it is a lot of fun tearing apart things to learn how they work. 

What students will do:

  • Use tools to disassemble old household appliances.
  • Discover the secrets of old-gadgets, from analog radios to vintage gaming console.
  • Use reverse engineering for re-engineering.
  • Work with chips, wires and other components to understand how they work.
  • Solve an engineering problem in a given scenario.
  • Work in teams to dissect and analyze retro-tech.
  • Identify problems and find solutions to develop problem solving skills.

Middle school students can learn and apply several valuable skills from reverse engineering to their studies:

  1. Critical Thinking: Reverse engineering encourages students to think critically about how things work. This skill translates well to various subjects such as math, science, and history, where analyzing information and making connections are essential.
  2. Problem-Solving: Reverse engineering involves identifying problems and finding solutions, a skill that is valuable across all subjects. Students can apply problem-solving techniques they learn from reverse engineering to tackle complex equations, scientific inquiries, or even historical puzzles.
  3. STEM Concepts: Reverse engineering introduces students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts in a hands-on way. Understanding these concepts can help students excel in related subjects like physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.
  4. Attention to Detail: Reverse engineering requires careful observation and attention to detail to understand the inner workings of a system. This skill is valuable in subjects like English, where close reading and analysis are necessary for understanding texts and writing effectively.
  5. Creativity and Innovation: Reverse engineering encourages students to think creatively to solve problems and explore new possibilities. This mindset can inspire innovation in various subjects, such as coming up with unique solutions to design challenges in art or developing original hypotheses in science experiments.
  6. Collaboration: Reverse engineering often involves teamwork, with students working together to dissect and analyze a system. Collaborative skills learned from reverse engineering can be applied to group projects in subjects like social studies, where students may need to collaborate on research or presentations.

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.

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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.