The first session of one of the most unique summer camps in the nation is under way at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Missouri S&T is once again holding Explosives Camp for high school juniors and seniors. The first of three sessions started June 5.
At the camp, students learn the proper ways to blow things up safely. Explosives expert Dr. Paul Worsey directs the camps. He’s been known to blow up watermelons and other objects for fun, but he also teaches the students about the science behind explosives and the career possibilities in the industry. Safety is always a priority. Safety goggles and ear plugs are required at all times when working with explosives.
Students who attend the camp are interested in pursuing mining engineering degrees at S&T, which became the first university in the nation to offer a minor in explosives engineering (through the mining engineering program) in 2005. S&T now offers a master’s program in explosives engineering as well.
The camp is held mainly on the grounds of S&T’s Experimental Mine. Worsey, a professor of mining engineering, started the camp in 2004.
There are three sessions this summer: June 5-11, June 12-18 and June 19-25. Spots in the camp are limited and have been filled for 2011.
Each session follows a pre-determined daily agenda. On Tuesdays, the students help generate a 150-foot water spout. On Wednesdays, they practice cutting trees and blowing up boulders. On Thursdays, they shoot explosives underground in the mine. On Fridays, they prepare a large fireworks display for their parents and the local community. Classroom lectures precede the activities.
Several field trips are also scheduled, including visits to quarries and to a pyrotechnics business.