Materials Science & Engineering Camp

The 2020 Camp Application is Currently Closed.
Please contact us with any questions.

For rising 10th – 12th graders.
July 12th – 18th, 2020 [EAGER]

Everything is made of materials. From buildings to batteries, clothing to cars, we depend on materials for many things in our everyday life. Materials science and engineering (MatSE) is all about understanding the structure and properties of materials ranging from the atomic scale to the macro-scale.  Then we learn how to process them to get desired performance in new and existing technologies.  Advancements in our understanding of materials will enable next generation technologies for power generation and storage, transportation, sustainable packaging of foods and consumer goods, biomedical applications, and many, many others!

Materials science and engineering is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary field.  If you like math, physics, chemistry and engineering but can’t choose between them—MatSE is the perfect place for you explore all of these fields under one umbrella.  Campers will explore this diversity through hands-on activities including guided lab activities aimed at introducing key concepts in MatSE and the opportunity to design a prototype based on materials properties that your team discovers.  Camp topics might include:

• The Materials Science of Chocolate and Superheros,
• Advanced manufacturing methods ranging from composite fabrication to casting to 3D printing of structural and functional materials,
• Biomaterials including prosthetics, bone scaffolding and cell mechanics,
• Crystallography via state-of-the-art characterization tools and modeling methods, and
• Materials for sustainable energy solutions including material life cycles, batteries and photovoltaics

Camp Coordinator: Professor Jessica Krogstad received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Her research focuses on material performance in extreme environments (like gas turbine engines and nuclear reactors). Professor Krogstad joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor, but she’s no stranger, having received her BS from the department in 2007. Fun fact: she worked as a Counselor when she was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois!

*NOTE: EAGER camps aim to increase the number of women and gender non-binary students pursuing STEM majors and careers. These groups have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and the absence of their talents is a detriment to the field overall. EAGER camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM. All individuals are welcome to apply.

“3-D printing is always a blast to do, especially when you the student/camper gets to pick and choose what you want to make. Another activity I enjoyed was the ceramic brick project. I felt like the MATSE professors and students did a great job of giving a project that had to do with other engineering majors, such as civil and structural for the bricks.” ~2019 MatSE camper