Missouri University of Science and Technology is moving three of its pre-college summer camps to a virtual format for 2020, due to continuing COVID-19 concerns.

The three summer camps will be held in July and will include a combination of online interaction with hands-on activities the campers will do from their homes. No in-person, on-campus summer camps will be held this year.

The virtual Missouri S&T summer camps are:

• Space: The Final Frontier, July 12-16. This five-day camp for rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders gives students the opportunity to use their math and science skills to design and construct a small satellite at home with materials provided by Missouri S&T. Throughout the week, video lessons will include satellite building and testing instructions, virtual laboratory tours, and interviews with aerospace engineering faculty and students. Once all satellites have been built and returned to the university, Missouri S&T will host a virtual launch event so participants can watch their satellite begin its journey to the edge of space and track it online throughout the flight. After the satellites are recovered, campers will receive images and data captured by their satellites from the edge of space.

• Materials Camp, July 20-24. This five-day camp for rising 11th- and 12th-grade students gives participants the opportunity to explore the world of materials through interactive projects with materials supplied by the university, virtual tours of lab and manufacturing facilities across the country, and a hands-on design competition.  

• Jackling Introduction to Engineering, July 27-29. This camp for rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders introduces participants to a variety of engineering fields with virtual demonstrations and activities related to each discipline. Students will learn about what engineers do, what tools they use and how the various engineering fields affect everyday life. Camp participants will be able to choose from a range of activities and workshops each afternoon that include interactive software development, aerospace testing and problem-solving, exploration of engineering materials, and the process of product development and testing.  

Missouri S&T officials are considering the possibility of offering additional camp opportunities in the fall, if conditions allow.  

Earlier this spring, Missouri S&T canceled or postponed all camps scheduled for May and June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. University officials continue to monitor the latest state and national data on COVID-19 and continues to emphasize the safety and wellbeing of the campus community and visitors. 

For more information and updates about summer camps, visit summer.mst.edu.