MST Class Options

Below are the class descriptions for MST@MSU (grades 7-8). New in 2021 - MST will be offered in three one-week options. Students will now select one course track for the week consisting of three academic classes. Students may choose to attend all three weeks of MST. You will be notified about your class placement after the final application deadline of May 11, but before the program begins.

**additional fee applies

June 20-24, 2022

MSU@MSU Track Options for June 20-24, 2022
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

Track 1

What Sustains Us: Exploring the Wide World of Agriculture

Advanced Mathematics and Its Applications

The Chemistry of Cooking: Exploring the reactions between food and science

What Sustains Us: Exploring the Wide World of Agriculture

Come join us and learn about the many dimensions of agriculture and how agriculture impacts our day-to-day lives with what we eat, what we wear, and the fuels we live on. Our learning will take place through exploration and laboratory activities, and will include topics like sustainability, food science and safety, soil science, animal science, and plant science.

Advanced Mathematics and Its Applications

The class will serve as an introduction to the concepts and methods of calculus. It can be taken by any student intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields. The emphasis is on concepts and solving problems rather than theory and proof. Topics include functions and graphs, derivatives, and their applications to real-life problems in various fields.

Chemistry of Cooking: Exploring the reactions between food and science

Do you love feasting on the science of cooking? Do you know why a simple egg is so important when baking a cake? Egg yolks are an emulsifier that helps the oil-based and water-based components of the cake mix together. When eggs are cooked, the protein molecules uncurl when exposed to heat and create new molecular bonds with other nearby protein molecules. When the egg is completely cooked, it helps form a protein network that gives the cake structure.

Students will also discuss the building blocks of cooking and the basics of food, explore how science transforms food by being redefined as gels, foams, and powders and acquire knowledge on proper food handling, food storage safety, and the use of cooking tools and equipment.

As students will discover, cooking is so much more than just eating! In this culinary workshop, students will explore the relationship between food and science.

Grab your apron and your beaker, work side-by-side with fellow students in the kitchen of Michigan State’s own culinary staff and join us in creating chemical concoctions!


July 11-15, 2021

MSU@MSU Track Options for July 11-15, 2022
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Track 2 Mechatronics

The gigantic and miniscule world of Nuclear Astrophysics

Hungry for Raspberry Pi?**

Mechatronics

Unlike Engineering 101, which explores several different aspects of engineering, our mechatronics class will focus on a blend of mechanical engineering (the design, construction, and use of machines), electrical engineering (the technology of electricity), computer control, and information technology. Mechatronics is a design process to create more functional and adaptable products such as combustion engines for spacecrafts, power systems, and artificial limbs. 

In this course, students will understand the basics of electro-mechanical systems and learn Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Voltage and Current Laws, while doing hands-on activities. The class will use the classic Parallax’s Basic Stamp II microcontroller, Parallax’s Board of Education, and the PBASIC programming language (computer programming alert!). Students will learn the basics of becoming a MAKER while building: 

  • LED circuits & LED driving circuits with transistors. 
  • Photodiodes 
  • Standard Servos 
  • Continuous Servos 
  • Pullup and Pulldown circuits with pushbuttons and more! 

The Gigantic and Miniscule World of Nuclear Astrophysics

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 and MSU’s world-class Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), will introduce you to the wonders of nuclei in deep space! Activities include:

  • Discover nuclear concepts with a hands-on model
  • Tour FRIB's world-leading rare isotope research areas
  • Simulate the building of elements in our universe – Big Bang nucleosynthesis, stellar fusion, and explosive capture processes
  • Create a model that demonstrates binding energy and the limits of stability
  • Update yourself on the latest research in nuclear astrophysics
  • Explore careers in research science (or, “why people will pay you to learn things”)

Hungry for Raspberry Pi?**

Students will each receive a new Raspberry Pi 4 to take with them at the completion of the program. 

Throughout the class we will set up the Pi's to operate as a fully-functional desktop computer.

  • Unbox and setup a new Raspberry Pi 4 model B 
  • Install and explore an Integrated Development Environment (Visual Studio Code)  
  • Learn to use GitHub for code version control (functional email address required) 
  • Create a web application in the Java programming language 
  • Create scripts in the Python programming language 
  • Use Python to manipulate the world in Minecraft

July 18-22, 2022

MSU@MSU Track Options for July 18-22, 2022
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

Track 3

Engineering 101

Kinesiology: Understanding Human Motor Learning and Performance

Composing Electronic Music

Engineering 101

This course is a brief survey of common engineering fields with discussions on career opportunities, sciences of each discipline, and fun- design, test, build, and compete projects. Engineering disciplines discussed may include: Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science.

Highlights:  

1.       Study the mathematics of a Trebuchet, build it, test it, and use it against a siege wall.

2.       In a multidisciplinary team build a CanSat. (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)

  • Create a sensor array.
  • Design the parachute.
  •  Launch and log data during deployment.
  •  Even take a picture on the way down.
  • Will it survive a parachute deployment failure?

Kinesiology: Understanding Human Motor Learning and Performance

According to Britannica, Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics and anatomy of human movement and their roles in promoting health and reducing disease. Kinesiology has direct applications to fitness and health, including developing exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, preserving the independence of older people, preventing disease due to trauma and neglect, and rehabilitating people after disease or injury.

The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is dedicated to the study of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth. MSU professors and instructors will students learn and understand the broad spectrum of Kinesiology. Students will focus on movement from multiple perspectives - physiology, neuroscience, and biomechanics. They will also use computer simulation to demonstrate how the nervous system and the muscles work when doing difficult tasks.

Composing Electronic Music

With the power of technology, you can compose and perform electronic music even if you don’t know how to read music or play an instrument. Students will build a skill set and musical vocabulary through the use of programs available on both computers and mobile devices. In addition, students will learn live recording techniques, audio editing, and the basic of digital audio. Students will engage in a variety of creative practices and experiments towards making electronic music and exploring their own interests. The course will also introduce the science and math behind sound and use this knowledge in exciting ways to compose their own original works. Again, no experience is required, and all forms of musical experience are welcome. 

Students will: 

  • Learn the basics of technology to record, edit, and create sounds 
  • Understand the basics of digital audio and waveforms 
  • Utilize programs readily available on both computers and mobile devices 
  • Build a skill set to the continue creating electronic music 
  • Engage with exciting, creative techniques for music making 
  • Compose new original music 

Course Goals: 

  • To learn new vocabulary and techniques of fixed electronic music composition 
  • To learn the science and principles of sound 
  • To practice active listening and giving and receiving constructive feedback 
  • To explore individual interests and a variety of creative practices  
  • To learn how to pursue further interests in electronic music