Math, Science and Technology at MSU
A Residential Summer Program for Middle School Students Interested in Math, Science, and Technology
Mathematics Science and Technology (MST)@MSU is a two week residential program for academically talented students who are currently in grade 7, 8 or 9 during the 2012–2013 school year and are a minimum age of 12 years old. The focus is on mathematics, science, and technology, and applications in these areas. The goal is to match the intellectual abilities of talented adolescents with rigorous and challenging course work which provides enrichment, but does not duplicate or accelerate course work that is part of the regular K-12 school curriculum.
Although academic study and preparation are the main considerations of MST@MSU, careful attention has been given to providing a safe and pleasant environment that includes opportunities for social, athletic and other extra-curricular activities.
It is important to note that this is a closed program, meaning that students are expected to remain with the program for the full two weeks, not going home for the weekend. Parents cannot take students off-campus during the program.
The program coordinators and resident advisors (RAs), graduates or current MSU students, are responsible for providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere in the residence hall. The RAs have been selected because they have a commitment to education and because of their ability to interact well with young people. Before the opening of the program, the RAs receive training in regard to rules, regulations, and safety requirements as related to the students’ welfare.
During the two weeks (July 14 - July 27, 2013) students will be housed in a residential hall on the campus of Michigan State University. Each student will be assigned a roommate and students cannot choose their own roommates. Students will also be placed in three different instructional groups, allowing many opportunities to establish new friendships and to interact with others in smaller groups.
*Click here to view the official MST@MSU 2010 video created by our very own MST students *
**The MST@MSU photo book is now finished and can be found here. In order to access the photo book you will need to enter the password MST10. The password is case-sensitive.**
- To experience active learning as students investigate problems that can be solved through a better understanding of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
- To focus on an intensive area of study which allows for interdisciplinary research using tools of mathematics, science and technology.
- To link the tools of many career fields as focus is given to real world problems.
July 14th 12:00-1:30 pm Registration
July 14th 2:00-4:00 pm MST@MSU Orientation for students, parents, faculty and staff
July15th- 27th MST@MSU classes in session from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm on Monday-Friday for the two weeks of the program, planned activities
July 22nd -23rd Team building activities, Saturday night dance, and field games!
July 26th MST@MSU Talent show by participants!
July 27th 8:30am- 9:15 am checkout of residence hall
July 27th 10:00am-11:30am Closing program for participants, parents and guardians
7:00am Wake up
9:00am-11:00am First Academic Class
12:30pm - 2:30pm Second Academic Class
3:00pm - 4:15pm Special Interest Clinic
7:00pm-9:30pm Study Period or Planned Group Activity
10:00pm All students in rooms, preparation for the next day
10:30pm Lights out
** The MST Summer Program is aligned with Iowa State University’s Targeting Life Skills Model, encouraging development of the following areas:
Contributions to Group Efforts
Learning to Learn
- Have a positive recommendation from a teacher of mathematics, science, or technology.
- Have demonstrated potential in mathematics, science, or technology and have evidence of that through products or participation in competitions or extra-curricular activities.
- SAT Math score of 530 or above or a total SAT score of 1010 OR ACT Math of 21 or ACT Composite of 23.
Astronomy has been one of the most popular offerings at MST for the past several years, and THIS year we are adding several new things which will make this course the most exciting and interesting it has ever been. In a span of just two weeks, students will be taken on a tour of the Universe and investigate:
- The scale of the Universe: How BIG is BIG? (Hint: Bigger than you think!)
- How Astronomers discover worlds outside our solar system.
- How stars are born and die.
- Black holes (and just how hard it is to fall into one!)
- The history and future of our Universe.
- And more!
Students will take advantage of the wide array of resources available through the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. At the world-famous Abrams Planetarium, they will identify constellations, examine the movement of the night’s sky, and watch an award-winning planetarium show. Resident astronomers will inform the students about the exciting and ground-breaking research performed at MSU.
Students will get a taste of the research life as they visit the SOAR remote observing room and campus observatory. Students will view the 4.2-m SOAR telescope in Chile at work as an MSU astronomer controls it from the observing room in East Lansing. At the campus observatory, the students will be the ones controlling the 24-in telescope and several smaller ones as they observe nebulae, galaxies and other astronomical wonders.
Students will also get a chance to participate in a NASA-sponsored program to design their own Mars mission. They will have to choose science goals that fit within NASA’s overall goal of landing people on Mars and design their own spacecraft to carry out these science goals. These designs will be submitted to NASA and may be used in future missions.
This summer promises to be the best and most exciting summer yet in MST Astronomy. We hope to see you there!
-Charles Kuehn, Ph.D. Candidate, and Omar Biarki
Digital Photography and Filmmaking
Ever marveled at beautiful, colorful photographs and wondered how the artist captured such beauty? Ever wanted to be involved in the exciting world of movie making? From the world in front of your eyes to the computer and beyond, Digital Photography and Filmmaking will involve hands-on exploration of everything from still images to video. At the end of two weeks, students will have produced both a photo album and a video documenting the two weeks at MST. Concepts shared between stills and video will be discussed and practiced at length, including:
- Composition – Rule of Thirds, using lines and planes, depthr
- Depth-of-field – how to use focus to highlight an aspect of your composition
- Motion – choosing to blur or to freeze a subject to bring attention to motion
- Tripods – an essential tool for both videography and still photography
Students will learn all the features of their personal digital cameras and the techniques to capture professional-quality images, get a behind-the-scenes look at a real TV studio, and see and handle professional video equipment. Students will also be introduced to professional computer software, including:
- Adobe Photoshop/ Adobe Bridge
- Final Cut Pro for video editing
- DVD Studio Pro
- Garage Band
In just two weeks, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to bring your photos and video to a professional level!
Don't forget students will need to provide their own camera, batteries, battery charger, cord to connect the camera to the computer, and a memory card!
-Peter Johnston and Dean Meyer
This isn’t your grandma’s arithmetic! Students will engage in multiple challenging and mind-bending mathematical tasks. As a class, we will discover mathematical puzzles from ancient times, like the Tower of Hanoi, in addition to exploring more modern logic problems that have perplexed even the brightest of minds. Students will explore groundbreaking math throughout the ages, such as the mathematics of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians and why it matters today. We will also explore topics related to the higher-level mathematics done by modern mathematicians such as knot theory, cryptography and fractals. An over-riding theme of the course will be the implications of logical thinking in our day-to-day lives. We will grapple with a variety of logic problems and justify our mathematical discoveries in a myriad of ways.
Students will re-discover how fun math can be when we are not confined to our desks and think outside of the box. Students should come to class with their own particular interests in mind, as we will integrate their passions into our curriculum.
Participants should be ready to work in groups, think hard and have fun!
-Alexandria Theakston, MSU Mathematics Instructor and Mathematics Education Ph.D. Candidate, and Heather Bosman, Mathematics Education Ph.D. Candidate
Genetics & Biotechnology
Can you really determine a killer’s identity from a blood sample? Can plants engineered with a firefly gene glow in the dark? Can plants be used for the production of biodegradable plastic and biofuel? How can physicians diagnose genetic disorders in a fetus? Can humans be cloned and how? What are concerns in modern genetics? Genetics is the scientific study of heredity and hereditary variation.
Genetics began in the 1800s as a science designed to study the transmission of heritable traits that control an individual’s appearance. Since that time genetic methods and discoveries are catalyzing progress in other biological fields including medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, ecology, law, and even behavioral sciences. Modern genetics is also revolutionizing the military, computer science, biomining, and certain other areas of engineering. In our summer program we will begin with a study of DNA. DNA stores the information that directs the development and maintenance of every organism. Such biological blueprints are fundamental to life itself. Today scientists routinely manipulate DNA in the laboratory and use it to change the heritable characteristics of living organisms. In this course you will have an opportunity to work with the latest biotechnology equipment available and even manipulate DNA yourself.
In addition we will:
- Assemble a model of DNA
- Extract your own DNA and make a DNA necklace
- Discuss DNA fingerprinting by solving a simulated crime scene investigation
- Prepare a karyotype
- Genetically transform bacteria with a fluorescent gene from a bioluminescent jellyfish
- Discuss and observe Polymerase Chain Reaction technology and the genome sequencing project
- Discuss the use of biotechnology in medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary sciences
- Separate fragments of DNA using a technique called gel electrophoresis
- Tour genetic engineering laboratories and view the operation of a Biolistic gun
- Debate concerns in the area of biotechnology
-Dr. Mariam Sticklen and Colleen Palmer
Have you ever thought about engineering? Do you know what engineering is? Simply put, engineering uses the knowledge from all the other classes MST@MSU offers and makes it work for people in a useful way. Imagine your life without the things engineers created…electricity, clean drinking water, cars, video games, medical equipment, plastic, mechanized farm equipment, telephones, air conditioners, lasers, etc.
The engineering course is designed to give you in-depth experiences in various engineering fields. In this course, you learn about different engineering majors and what engineers do and spend time in short lectures, interactive demonstrations, hands-on ex¬periments, team-based problem solving sessions, and tours. You are challenged to use your creativity to design and build different devices and processes, and you learn cutting-edge topics from the fields of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Material Science.
This course harnesses and develops your communication, math, and science skills in a fun, hands-on way while exposing you to the wonders of engineering.
• Thermodynamic ice cream making.
• Getting medieval—design, build, and operate a trebuchet.
• Entrepreneurship—design, create, market, and sell your product.
• Design and build a Rube Goldberg device.
• 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
• Laser holography—see an actual hologram and create your own hologram.
• Mechatronics—design, build, test, and compete with mechanical-electrical devices, also known as robots.
• Vibrations—explore instruments, plate vibrations, sound, etc., and use knowledge to design vibration resistant structures.
• Material Science—learn about and explore different engineering materials, their properties and applications, and use an electron-force microscope.
• Several design competitions and field trips.
-Rickey Caldwell, Graduate Student
What do rockets, radios, and radiation have in common? They can all be better understood with physics! Our everyday experience includes a bewildering number of gadgets and natural phenomena. Physics provides us with a clear and delightful understanding of many of these phenomena, while in some cases raising intriguing questions about still-mysterious facets of nature. In this course, students will study four areas of physics:
- Mechanics (energy and forces)
- Waves (sound and light)
- Electricity and magnetism
- Nuclear physics
While learning about these topics, students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in numerous interesting and mind-boggling demonstrations from the extensive stock of lecture demos used in MSU Physics classes. In the lab, students will use high-tech equipment to complete experiments such as measuring the acceleration due to gravity and determining the diameter of a hair using a laser.
-Dr. Jon Pumplin and Mark Lathrop, M.S.
What do the history of the universe, the life and death of stars, and the elements that make up your body have in common? Nuclear astrophysics! Nuclear reactions such as fusion, fragmentation, and radioactive decay have guided the chemical evolution of the universe and the energy cycle in stars.
This course, sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) and MSU’s world-class National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), will introduce you to the world of nuclei in deep space. Topics include:
- A tour of NSCL’s rare isotope research areas
- Spectral analysis and classification of stars
- Fusion in the stellar furnace
- When stars blow up: Supernovae
- Nucleosynthesis (the construction of newelements)
- The mysterious origin of Ultra-High-Energy
- Cosmic Rays
- Cosmic Ray experiments with portable detectors
- Cutting-edge research at JINA institutions (MSU,Notre Dame, and U of Chicago)
-Zach Constan, Ph.D., NSCL Outreach Coordinator, and Melissa Jacobs
Special Interest Clinics
Instructor: Matthew Murray
Basketball is a team game that is fun and great for fitness. In the basketball special clinic we will play a lot of 3-on-3, 4-on-4, and 5-on-5 games. You will also learn the importance of flexibility and which muscles are used when shooting jump shots and slam-dunks. We will have plenty of fun scrimmaging in preparation for our annual game with the MST faculty and staff.
Clinic Instructor: Kristi Vartanian
This will be a fun, upbeat clinic focusing on the creative and expressive elements of writing. Students will write each day and share their work with their peers with an emphasis on positive expression and encouragement. Daily exercises will vary and may include: a descriptive piece, a humorous narrative or critique, writing for mystery, etc. Each student will complete a short story as the final project of the clinic. Students are encouraged to bring pencils, paper, a folder of their work, a creative spirit and a sense of humor to class.
Flash I: Motion Graphics and Animation
Instructor: Jiatyan Chen
Do you like cartoons, music videos, or anime? Using the same computer techniques and tools as famous animators, you will learn just how easy it is to bring your dreams to life. If you can think it, you can do it. Start your engines and prepare for flight, for in a few short moments you will be animating like the pros. All aboard, it’s time to blast off to a world where your imagination never ends.
Flash II: Interaction and Games
In this class we take animation to the next level by giving control to the user. Adobe Flash is a tool that we can use to build animations, games and applications that can be viewed on the web. We will start with motion design and quickly move on to building controls to interact with our creations. We will be learning how we can use ActionScript, Flash’s programming language, to accomplish this. Whether you are into art & animation or math & programming, this class will challenge and engage you.
Visual Arts Clinic
Instructor: Heidi Irvine
The Visual Arts Clinic will involve a medley of art projects and mediums. The group will begin with a ceramic project to be fired and taken home by the end of camp. Other projects will include 3-D materials (jewelry making, sculpture) as well as 2-D projects (pencil, ink, printmaking, painting). This class can be enjoyed by any level of art student and will help build basic skills and improve on the talents already possessed. This class is a study of self-exploration and simply tons of fun.
Instructor: Andrew Floyd
Come take part in the world’s most popular sport! This clinic will cover soccer basics such as passing, dribbling, and shooting. We will focus both on improving individual technical ability and learning team tactics. Friendly competition and games will make for a great time for everyone. Whether a beginner or an expert, this clinic has something to offer players of all ability levels.
Leading professors from the various colleges and departments of MSU have developed challenging courses. Working with noted secondary teachers, professors will teach courses using interdisciplinary strategies.
Rules and Regulations
Students are housed two per room in Shaw Hall on the campus of MSU. Each student will be assigned a roommate. Students will be expected to remain with the program for the full two weeks, not going home for the weekend. The program coordinators and resident advisors (RA's) are responsible for providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere in the residence hall. Student to RA ratio will be 10 to 1, with an equal number of male and female RA's.
MST@MSU sets the highest expectations for its participants in both academic participation and personal deportment. Students will be dismissed from the program for use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco and for behavior that threatens the safety of themselves of other students.
The cost of MST at MSU is $1,650 for the two-week program. The cost covers participation in two intensive content-area courses in mathematics, science, engineering, or technology. Each student will also receive instruction in one of the Special Interest Clinics.
Other items included in the program fee are:
- Room and board
- Field trips
- Evening activities
- Program T-shirt
- Instructional materials
Program costs do not include transportation to and from Michigan State University. The parent/guardian must arrange for the student to arrive at the University before noon on July 14, 2013 and arrange for the student to leave the campus after the closing program on July 27, 2013 by noon. Lansing’s Capital City Airport, located 20 minutes from Michigan State University, provides air transportation services for the mid-Michigan area. Parents are responsible for transportation of their child between campus and the airport. Any transportation, supervision, housing and food costs from students arriving early or leaving late will be charged to the parents/guardians. Program costs do not include personal spending money, and while students are encouraged to bring snacks there are vending machines available in the dormitory lobby.
Additional Payment Information
- A check or money order of $150 ($75 tuition deposit and $75 application fee) must accompany all applications.
- Applications received after May 3rd must include a $10 late fee.
- The deadline for payment of the tuition balance is June 15th. Contact our office if a payment plan is needed.
- Checks should be made payable to Michigan State University or pay by credit card on website.
- The application fee of $75 is non-refundable.
- The tuition deposit of $75 is refunded only if: 1) the student cannot attend because of a medical emergency or serious medical problem documented by a doctor; 2) the student cannot attend because of insufficient financial aid; or 3) the student is not accepted into the program.
- A request to withdraw must be submitted in writing to the Office of Gifted and Talented Education Programs.
- Tuition payment arrangements are available, please note on the application if you would like to set one up.