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
Check in & move into residence halls, ice breakers, orientation, & keynote speakers.
Monday, June 22 - Thursday, June 25
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: STEM sessions
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Field Session in STEM & lunch
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Dinner/Break
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Evening activities & speakers
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Hall meeting
11 p.m.: Lights out
Friday, June 26
Group project, fun activities, dinner and conclusion.
Last year's field work included:
- An emergency (simulated) disease outbreak in the United States: Campers learned how clinicians, patients, and family members would be affected by an outbreak and how media will impact decisions and work environments. Joining professional women on a field trip to the Emergency Department, campers learned about disease protocols, triaging large groups of people and isolation. Campers also helped design a website and communication medium to keep people informed about the outbreak.
- Imery’s Sappington Talc Processing Facility visit just outside of Yellowstone National Park: Professional female engineers took campers on a tour and explained how metallurgical and materials, mechanical, electrical, environmental and mining engineers work together to build and operate a major mineral processing facility. Afterwards, the group drove to Quake Lake and visited the landslide, discussing why the landslide occurred during the 1959 earthquake.
- Field Stations: Campers were escorted to a variety of field stations in Deer Lodge, Montana where they assessed water chemistry and habitat. The young women assisted professional women with plant, bird and macro-invertebrate identification. They used a mist net to catch birds and tag them. Later, the young women returned to Montana Tech’s labs to further study fish, diatoms, water samples, and use biostatistics to log and study their collections.
- Mining & Engineering: Campers witnessed the power of explosives and learned about underground mining. They also learned how Montana Tech uses the mine to heat a building on campus. Afterwards, campers learned what it takes to drill a 10,000-foot deep hole using the same technology petroleum engineers use to design deep wells. Later, campers used a simulator to drill a well and deal with any issues that may arise. They also further exploreed all of the exciting career paths in the petroleum industry.