Materials Summer Camp Tests Students' Mettle


RAPID CITY, S.D. - High school students from eight states and Hong Kong joined South Dakotan students at the School of Mines for an immersive, hands-on introduction to the world of materials science and metallurgical engineering July 14-19.

ASM: Materials, Metallurgy, and Forensics is 5-day academic summer camp that gets students thinking about science and engineering through activities like blacksmithing, welding, materials testing, and field trips. Dr. Michael West, department head and professor of engineering for the School of Mines Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, designed, coordinated, and teaches the camp.

"This hands-on camp takes students out of the classroom and really shows them what it's like to be a metallurgical engineer," West said. "The purpose is to have fun, but also to learn."

"I definitely think that engineering is something I want to get into," said camper Hannah Moen of Avon, MN. "It's the way the world works."

South Dakotan students participating in the camp included Jonathan Vottero and Carter Nelson of Rapid City, SD; Layne Miller of Shadehill, SD; Chance Haka of Ft. Pierre, SD; Kermit Huddleston of Ramona, SD; and Foster Berry of Kadoka, SD.

Campers from out-of-state included Connor McCabe of Plymouth, WI; Travis Gore of Missouri City, TX; Seth Rasmussen of Norfolk, NE; Hannah Moen of Avon, MN; John Lee of Hong Kong; Erik Guetz of Encinitas, CA; Elexious and Caleb Musick of Grassy Butte, ND; Matthew Slizys of Woodhaven, NY; John Hiller of Minnetonka, MN; and Eduardo Perez of Colorado Springs, CA.

Campers aren't just learning about science. They're preparing for future degrees and careers. Goldcorp provided a tour of their Wharf gold mine in Lead. The campers also toured the RPM and Associates manufacturing facility in Rapid City and spoke with Mines graduates.

The camp was also made possible by generous contributions from ASM International and Structural Integrity, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and the Clarkson Family Foundation, who provided scholarships for eligible students.

For more information on this and other School of Mines camps in 2014, interested students, parents, and counselors may call (605) 394-2693. Updated information will be posted at as it becomes available.

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