MINES: Making Innovations in Engineering & Science
MINES Summer Camp participants will learn about many areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through a combination of field work, labs and lectures. They will also enjoy many fun activities, which may include trips to caverns, fishing, hiking and exploring Butte and Montana. Activities are still being determined but the participants will be chaperoned at all times. Here is a brief outline of the agenda:
Sunday, June 1, 2015
The camp will launch at 2 p.m. with check in, moving into the residence halls, orientation and icebreakers.
Most days will follow this schedule:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: STEM field sessions & lunch
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Dinner & evening activities
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Residence hall meeting
Friday, June 26
Camp will conclude Friday evening with a dinner and award ceremony with parents.
During the week, the participants will learn about many STEM fields, including the booming health care industry, computer science, mathematics, biological sciences, chemistry, and many areas of engineering such as petroleum, geophysical and mining.
Here are some of the activities we have planned for the week:
Why yes, I AM a rocket scientist!
The participants use math and physics to estimate rocket altitude and flight dynamics. They will assemble a rocket and then test their predictions when they launch their own rockets.
Attack of the Mindstorm!
Participants will build and program a LEGO Mindstorm Robot, attaching sensors and programming their behavior. They will learn about computer programming and where this vast field can take them.
Yellowstone, here we come!
Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, because we have booked a trip to Yellowstone National Park. We will depart on Tuesday and stay in Gardiner, MT and then hit the park all day Wednesday. The participants will be able to test samples, learn about the park’s ecology, geology & seismic activities. They will also learn what role engineers play in the park.
How to find water without ‘water witching’!
You will use modern geophysical equipment to make seismic measurements that can be interpreted to find depth to water. Participants will take a short bus ride to a nearby site where they will perform the field exercise (using a sledgehammer and geophones) and then return to the lab to analyze the data collected.