Slots still available for MTSU STEM summer camp July 15-19

Amy Phelps, professor and interim chair for the Middle Tennessee State University Chemistry Department, addresses a group of high school students attending the 2023 College of Basic and Applied Sciences summer STEM camp in the Science Building on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Rising 10th through 12th grade students for the 2024-25 academic year are invited to attend this year’s STEM camp July 15-19. Registration is open until June 1. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MURFREESBORO — Moore County High School students entering grades 10-12 still have time to register for the Middle Tennessee State University third annual summer STEM camp set for July 15-19 on campus.

Hosted by the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and including a variety of educational and fun activities, this year’s weeklong camp has a June 1 registration deadline or until the 70 camp slots are filled. The fee to attend is $250. To register, visit

Campers will receive a sample of Engineering Technology, Physics, Science Education and more that are a part of the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Students will learn about quantum computing, the chemistry of foods and more in classes and have fun in the Student Union game room, Campus Recreation Center and movie theater.

Heather Green, master instructor and MTeach program coordinator, said the camp will allow students the opportunity to interact with the university’s STEM faculty and students “while also learning some of the STEM topics and programs offered at MTSU.”

“In addition, student groups will have an undergraduate and a graduate facilitator with them all day. Those facilitators will be able to answer questions about life as an MTSU student, STEM majors and STEM careers.”

The camp schedule

Monday through Wednesday, campers will participate in three of six sessions:

• Biology — Tales of two vultures; visit the outdoor forensics facility, review camera footage of vultures at the facility and compare behavior of two vulture species.

• Chemistry — The Science of Sustenance: Experiments exploring the chemistry of foods.

• Physics — Quantum Quest: Exploring the frontiers of quantum computing/hands-on experience with quantum matter and quantum computing.

• Engineering Technology — Programmable logic controllers, robotics and experimental vehicles program/activity in vision system training.

•  MTeach — Campers will learn how to guide inquiry-based lessons that get students engaged in STEM and also get to experience the lessons.

• Mathematics — Reading the world through mathematics: Exploring problem solving and data driven critical thinking used in math to understand the world around us, and try to stump language simulation artificial intelligence, or AI, models with math.

Afternoons will be spent in team building activities and reflection and understanding of what they learned that day.

Thursday — Students will have the opportunity to participate in three activities: concrete lab in the state-of-the-art Concrete and Construction Management Building; drones in the Aerospace program; and planetarium activity with the Physics and Astronomy Department.

Friday — Students will prepare presentations with their groups about what they learned from the camp, how STEM activities they participated in are connected and what these experiences might mean for their future career options.

The camp is a collaboration with the MTSU Tennessee STEM Education Center. For more information, call 615-898-2613.•

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