Don’t let kids’ learning stop this summer – send them to camp at S&T

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On April 30, 2010

Missouri University of Science and Technology has a lot going on this summer for school-aged children. A variety of summer programs focusing on science, technology and engineering are offered.

“Our campers have fun and our staff keeps them engaged,” says William Perkins, director of Missouri S&T’s Center for Pre-College Programs. “As they each learn new things at camp, they also learn valuable teamwork skills.”

Summer opportunities at Missouri S&T include:

Aerospace Camp. Students between the ages of 10 and 13 can choose to attend this camp July 20-22 or July 27-29. Sponsored by Missouri S&T, the University of Missouri Extension and Missouri 4-H, the camp will allow students to experience aeronautics and space flight through adventurous team-building activities and computer-based flight simulation.

Camp Invention. Students in first- through sixth-grade can attend this day camp July 5-9. With exciting activities that cultivate creativity, teamwork and inventive skills, the camp promotes a passion for learning science with a focus on fun.

Computer Highly Interactive Programming (C.H.I.P.) Camp. Perfect for high school juniors and seniors who love working with computers and digital technology, this interactive camp offers computing projects in fields like computer science, computer engineering, and information science and technology. C.H.I.P. camp will be held July 18-22.

EcoCAR Camp. This week-long residential camp gives rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience the new plug-in hydrogen EcoCARs, with labs, modeling, design contests and more. Camp dates are July 11-25.

Explosives Camp. High school juniors and seniors from around the country will learn about explosives and how they are used in industry and entertainment at this five-day summer camp, sponsored by the Missouri S&T mining and nuclear engineering department. Three sessions are offered: June 6-12, June 13-19 or June 20-26. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Girls Go Green. High school junior and senior girls will explore careers that help people and protect the environment. The camp will be held July 25-30.

It’s A Girl Thing. Girls in grades 7 and 8 will experience college life, meet professors and discover what engineers and scientists really do and how they do it. The camp will be held June 14-18.
Jackling Introduction to Engineering. High school juniors and seniors can pick one of three sessions of this camp, where they will learn about several different fields of engineering and how mathematics and science relate to engineering. Sessions will be held June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15.

Materials Camp. High school juniors and seniors will learn about materials science and engineering through group projects, visits to labs and local industries, guest presentations and a design-build contest. The camp will be held July 25-30.

Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering (MITE). Minority juniors and seniors in high school will learn about science and engineering, as well as career opportunities in these fields. The camp will be held June 6-11 and June 20-25.

Nuclear Engineering Camp. This weeklong summer camp for high school juniors and seniors offers an introduction to the field of nuclear engineering. The camp will be held July 11-16.

Robotics Camp. This hands-on camp, sponsored by S&T’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department and the department of distance and continuing education, teaches students ages 11-15 (by Jan. 1, 2010) the basic principles of robotics, including electronics, sensors and motor controls. There are two sessions of the camp, June 10-12 and June 14-16.

Summer Research Academy. Rising high school seniors or graduating seniors will conduct academic research with a faculty mentor from June 6-July 15.

Summer Solutions for Girls. Female freshmen and sophomores in high school can experience college life and learn more about career options for women in engineering, math and science. The camp will be held June 21-25.

Campers attending overnight camps will stay in Missouri S&T residence halls. Sessions fill quickly, so check for space availability, camp fees, enrollment deadlines and registration forms online. Several of the camps require that students apply for acceptance.

For further information, contact the Center for Pre-College Programs at 573-341-4228 or email

There are also many athletics camps for kids available this summer.

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