Unravel the Mysteries of Viruses and Epidemics!

A mysterious disease has been reported, and we need your help to solve this outbreak investigation! Dive deep into the fascinating world of viruses as you engage in hands-on activities, simulations, and experiments designed to understand their behavior, transmission, and the critical role of public health in combating infectious diseases.

From deciphering the genetic code of viruses to exploring the dynamics of outbreaks, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of viral science and epidemiology like never before!


Date: July 10-12, 2024
Eligibility: Rising 5th - 8th graders
Capacity: 30 students
Application: Required
Registration Fee: $50 (includes all meals, housing and camp materials)

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Application Deadline: June 1st 2024 (if camp becomes full, the application will close)

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 that you describe why you want to attend the Viral Detectives camp?

Acceptance Notification
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in application, with applications being reviewed after March 15, 2024. Acceptance will be sent no later than June 15th.  Be sure to use an email 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.

Dr. Laura Zangori, Coordinator of Viral Detectives camp

For questions on logistics, application or registration, contact:

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


This camp will tackle a big problem through the lens of young, STEM-interested minds. Campers will learn what viruses and vaccines are and how they can better protect themselves and their communities from viral pandemics. Campers will also participate in interactive activities to explore possibilities for containing a spreading disease, which allows each camper to put themself into the shoes of a scientist, where they might just find that containing contagions is not always an exact science.

Join us for an unforgettable summer where young detectives will become champions in the fight against viral threats, equipping them with knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in the world of epidemiology.

Camp Activities include:

  •         Create and build representations of viruses and vaccines.
  •         Design ways to protect yourselves and your communities from viral pandemics.
  •         Use microscopes to explore the unseen world.
  •         Run computer simulations to track an outbreak.
  •         Work in teams to stop a virtual pandemic.
  •         Put yourself in the shoes of a scientist working to stop an emerging new disease.

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.