The MINES (Making Innovations in Engineering and Sciences) Summer Camp at Montana Tech exposes young women entering their sophomore and junior years in high school to the many exciting career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Camp to be held in Summer 2018.
The MINES Summer Camp for Young Women will be a one week overnight summer program that will take place again on the Montana Tech Campus in 2018; The camp will be limited to 30 young women who will be entering their sophomore or junior year in high school and who are interested in sciences and mathematics. The camp has filled each year with exceptional young women from across the country who, through hands on experiments, field trips, and lab-based activities, will experience what it is like to work in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.
Each day at the summer camp will focus on a different area of STEM and will take students to various parts of Montana's vast outdoor classroom, including caverns, streams, mountains, and geysers. Students will work alongside professors and professionals, and will get to meet and connect with some of the amazing women who work in STEM. Additionally, these high school girls will leave camp with a network of new friends interested in science, technology, engineering, and math and professional women working in STEM fields to help them on their journey.
Each day will be filled with interactive field sessions focusing on a STEM discipline. Last year, participants used math and physics to launch a rocket, simulated drilling a deep well, explored the ecology and geology of Yellowstone National Park, programmed a LEGO Mindstorm, went deep into an underground mine, and mapped the spread of a disease. Of course, the girls also enjoyed some of the amenities that only the Big Sky State has to offer, such as soaking in natural hot springs, hiking, enjoying a movie under the stars, and having a camp fire complete with a gourmet marshmallow bar. They also heard from inspring women who gave them tips on how to proceed and excel in STEM careers.
Applications to this overnight/residential summer program are competitive, and can be downloaded from the MINES Summer Camp website. The application process includes providing personal, education, and legacy information, a Parent/Guardian Form, a Personal Application Statement, an official high school transcript, PSAT, PLAN, SAT, or ACT scores (if applicable), and a Scholarship Application if needed. The deadline to apply is April 15th. A limited number of scholarships are available to help cover the residential services portion of the program. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and the availability of funds.