Missouri S&T hosts high school students from St. Louis area for STEM camp

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On July 10, 2023

Campers at Missouri S&T’s Minority Introduction to STEM camp took part in multiple hands-on activities, such as building mousetrap-powered vehicles. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

A group of over 20 high school students primarily from the St. Louis area recently lived on the Missouri S&T campus for multiple days for the university’s Minority Introduction to STEM (Mi-STEM) camp.

“These students spoke highly of their experiences, and I look forward to building on the camp’s success next year,” says Dr. David Borrok, vice provost and dean of S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing. “We understand the importance of having a diverse student population and are excited for students from all backgrounds to consider studying at Missouri S&T.”

Courtney Jones, director of the Kummer Center for STEM Education, says this is the university’s first year hosting this camp, and she anticipates it will continue to grow and be a popular way for students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as the S&T campus.

“It was amazing to see so many students inspired by the variety of STEM-focused activities we offered,” Jones says. “The campers were able to learn about career options and know that they can be successful in these fields.”

Throughout their experience, students learned about the university’s green roof and greenhouse initiatives, psychological science, drones, physics, and engineering concepts, among other topics. They also toured the Kummer Student Design Center, took part in a Juneteenth celebration, socialized in a residential hall, and visited the swimming pool in the Gale Bullman Building.

Campers completed hands-on projects in the university’s Makerspace lab and took part in an engineering competition as well.

“The campers had a blast learning about different STEM topics,” Jones says. “They asked so many great questions and were genuinely excited to learn.”

The students were also exposed to topics such as scholarships, job fairs, college admissions and college life in general.

To learn more about future summer camps, visit futurestudents.mst.edu/summer-camps or email stemcenter@mst.edu.

About Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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