Montana State Invites Middle Schoolers to STEM Camp Celebrating Moon Landing
- By Dian Schaffhauser
To celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, a
Montana university will be hosting a free, five-day summer camp for
middle schoolers interested in STEM. Montana
State University's Academic Technology & Outreach
division will work with the Montana
and the Montana
Office of Public Instruction
to run the camp, which is being produced in collaboration with two
science programs, one run by NASA
program and the other by the Northwest
Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline.
will get a firsthand look at college life in daily classes and
evening activities. They'll stay in dorms and choose three classes to
attend. Topics will include building and launching rockets,
protecting Montana's rivers and forests and exploring black holes.
classes will also let participants learn how to program drones and
Lego robots to mimic the Moon landing or learn about the geology of
the moon by making craters. In the evening, the students will do
sports, watch movies and attend social events, like a scavenger hunt.
are making an effort to solicit for applications from students who
have never attended a university program or STEM camp, especially
those who would be first-generation college students, those in
low-income families or communities or those who live in rural areas
where fewer STEM opportunities are available.
which require at least two adult recommendations, are due by April
26. More information is available on
the university website.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.