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 24th, but before the program begins.

Supplies needed for MST Online 2021

June 21-25, 2021

MSU@MSU Track Options for June 21-25, 2021
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

Track 1

Statistics in Real Life: How we process, interpret, and analyze data

Cyptocurrency Java Development:
Creating in a Windows Environment

Statistics in Real Life: How we process, interpret, and analyze data

Introduce key statistical ideas and help students deepen their understanding of mathematics in the real world. Let students grasp statistical ideas and to start understanding the math underlying statistical models. Topics covered: population surveys, data matching, hypothesis testing, binomial distribution, sample sizes, etc.


Are you curious about Bitcoin, Ethereum or Litecoin? Why is cryptocurrency growing in popularity among the general public?   Bitcoin and others are currency that is used for transactions in coins or tokens on blockchain platforms. In this class students will learn about Bitcoin’s mining mechanics, how bitcoin is put into circulation for people to buy/sell, different strategies for and security related issues for mining bitcoin.  Students will learn about how Bitcoin can be used, how bitcoin can replace current systems of payment, and how people access and store their bitcoin across different parts of the world. The class will engage in discussions about consequences for a virtual economy, attempts from governments to regulate cryptocurrencies or create their own anonymity & traceability and overall regulation.

Java Development: Creating in a Windows Environment

Computer programming requires setting up your machine to create and execute your commands. This introduction to the Java computer language will give students the building blocks they need to begin programming in a Windows environment by starting from zero to effectively create a programming environment with JDK (Java Development Kit) and IDE (Integrated Development Environment) before moving on to the basics of what a Java web application entails: a web server and a WAR (Web Application Archive) file. From there, students will learn how to deploy a simple web app on their web server and how to write their own simple web application. This class is the perfect first step for anyone interested in programming basics in a Windows environment.

Supplies needed: Windows machines only. Support will not be given for Chromebook, Mac, or tablets. Students must have administrative access to computers prior to class participation. Download links will be provided at orientation.

June 28 - July 2, 2021

MSU@MSU Track Options for June 28 - July 2, 2021
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Track 3 Competitive Math Studio Arts: From watercolors to mixed media to sculpting clay Nuclear Astrophysics

Competitive Math

If you are interested in math competitions or just want to learn more about problem solving? This class is for you! Students will develop strategies to solve common math problems for the American Mathematics Competitions, Math League or Math Olympiad. Students will learn to appreciate the art of mathematical problem solving while strengthening the ability to employ problem-solving strategies. Students will be exposure to mathematical concepts that might not otherwise be encountered in everyday mathematics lessons.

Studio Arts: From watercolors to mixed media to sculpting clay

In this class we will create several beautiful, creative, and fun pieces of art.  We will explore a variety of mediums and complete as many projects as time allows.  We will get a little messy, ESPECIALLY on the days we do clay, so don't wear your best clothes.  We will also work outside a little, weather permitting.  Don't stress about your talent and experience, success on these projects will depend on your ability to follow directions, hard work, and a little luck. I hope to introduce each of you to some new ways of thinking about and looking at the world around you.  Expect to try something new and to draw in a way unlike the ways you have tried before.  During each project we will do more than just create an art piece, but we learn all about it! From discussion about the mediums being used and the history behind the art piece and connecting movements to presentations containing various images, videos, and information, students will receive a well-rounded experience challenging them both mentally and pushing their art skills to the next level.

Supplies needed: white paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers, black pen, pencil/eraser, paint (one small of red, blue, yellow, white, and black), paint brush, cup for water (to wash paint brush), colored chalk or chalk pastels (the later preferred), hairspray or matte fixative, a little oven bake clay (2 or 3 small bricks max)  

Nuclear Astrophysics: Learn about the wonders of nuclei in deep space

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:

  • An introduction to nuclear concepts with a hands-on model
  • A (virtual) tour of FRIB's rare isotope research areas
  • A deep dive into how our universe made the elements – Big Bang nucleosynthesis, stellar fusion, explosive capture processes
  • Updates on the latest research in nuclear astrophysics
  • Exploration of careers in research science (or, “people will pay you to learn things”)

July 12-16, 2021

MSU@MSU Track Options for July 12-16, 2021
Track Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

Track 4

Fibonacci Sequence

Physics for Gearheads: An introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy and Power 


Fibonacci Sequence: Understanding the sequence and the sum to develop the logic

The class will introduce students to the Fibonacci numbers and the golden ration. According to,  each number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. So, the sequence goes: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so on. The mathematical equation describing it is Xn+2= Xn+1 + Xn. A mainstay of high-school and undergraduate classes, it's been called "nature's secret code," and "nature's universal rule." It is said to govern the dimensions of everything from the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the iconic seashell that likely graced the cover of most school math textbooks.
This class will explore topics about the Fibonacci numbers in depth including include Geometry, networks, coordinate graphing, sequences, patterns and problem-solving techniques.

Physics for Gearheads: An introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy and Power  

Merriam-Webster defines “Gearhead” as a person who pursues mechanical or technological interests, as in automobiles or computers. Did we just describe you? Are you someone who must know how everything works? There is no better way to learn physics than by having a problem to solve. In Diandra Leslie-Pelecky’s book The Physics of Nascar: The Science Behind Speed she knows that every NASCAR fan asks the same question: Why isn’t my favorite driver winning? This is your chance to discover how much more there is to NASCAR than “Go fast, turn left and don’t crash.” If you’ve ever wondered why racecars don’t have mufflers, how “bump drafting” works, or what in the world “Let’s go up a pound on the right rear and add half a round of wedge” means, then Physics for Gearheads is for you.  If you have a love of cars, then you already have a secret advantage when it comes to understanding physics: you see it at work every time you watch a IndyCar, NASCAR or F1 event. This class will show you that if you can learn about cars, you can learn about physics including understanding engine horsepower, getting more miles per gallon, among others.  

Cybersecurity: Exploring ways systems can be protected against malicious attacks

Cybersecurity is the protection of various computers, systems and their networking on the internet. Cybersecurity has become more significant in the past few years due to global reliance on the wireless networks and use of smart electronic devices. In this class, students will learn about cybersecurity, its importance, its challenges and how it protects our flow of information and data now and in the future. They will explore the various career opportunities as Cyber Security Engineers, IT security specialists or architects.  Students will learn, study, and practice ways that systems can be protected against malicious cyberattacks such as Malware, Phishing, Spear Phishing, Trojans, and Ransomware.