MSU to host STEM summer camps

Four ‘Explore STEM’ camps offered to students grades 6-9

Madison Diemert
News Editor

This summer MSU is hosting four different “Explore STEM” camps. The camps are offered for students who are in grades sixth through ninth. They are held by the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence in partnership with the Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture, the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology and the Women’s Center.

One of the camps has already ended. It began on June 11 and ended on the 15. This camp’s theme was “Girls Explore STEAM: Computer Science” and the students explored ways that computer scientists improve our lives every day.

The next camp will be held on June 26 through the 28 and the theme is “Explore STEAgM: Animals and Food.” For this theme the students will be learning about agriculture and the ways that engineers and scientists work keep food products safe. The next two camps are held in July. “Explore STEM” is held July 9 through the 13 and “Exploring Engineering” A Reaction Contraption” is held from July 16 through the 19.

“Explore STEM” will allow the students to explore careers in STEM and to see the ways that STEM is a part of our everyday lives. “Explore Engineering: A Reaction Contraption” will be exploring engineering design process with the students. Students will be able to create a fun change reaction contraption and they will also be able to explore the possibilities of being an engineer and other similar careers.

All students grades six through nine are encouraged to join in on the fun and new learning experiences the day camp has to offer. The deadline to sign up for the next camp is today, June 18. The camps are from 8:30 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon for each day. The costs of each camp are from 120 dollars to 200 with lunch and snacks included.

There are also scholarships available for students attending the camps. Parents interested in learning more information on scholarship information can visit the camp’s website at:

Explore STEM

If parents would like more information they are encouraged to email Melissa Huppert. Melissa is the STEM outreach director and can be reached by phone at: 507-389-2110 and by email at: Melissa.huppert@mnsu.edu.

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