MSTL Classes

Class Times - 9:00am - 5:00am each day

Drop-off 8:15am - 8:40am
Pick-up 5:15pm - 5:40pm (Monday-Friday), 5:30pm - 5:55pm (Friday)

Below are the classes for MSTL students (grades 9-10). 

Fascinating Physics

What do accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, and light sensors have in common? They are all sensors that are important parts of smartphones, and 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 fascinating 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 (linear and rotational motion), electricity and magnetism (circuits and motors), waves (sound and light), and radioactivity. Students will be challenged in these areas of physics that will go beyond the science standards for high school students.

While learning about these topics, students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in numerous interesting demonstrations from the extensive collection of lecture demonstrations used in MSU physics classes. In the lab portion of the class, students will use some of the same laboratory equipment that undergraduate students use to conduct a variety of experiments. 

Throughout the course students will develop team building and leadership skills as they work together in labs and lectures. Students will also learn how physicists apply math and how they use technology to help them explain and better understand the world around them. Along the way, students will realize that the more they learn, the more questions they can raise about technology and nature. Students will learn that many of their questions can be answered by concepts learned in the fascinating field of physics!

Engineering 101 & 102

This class is perfect for high schools students interested in learning about engineering and engineering careers. Working in the engineering field contributes to continuous shifts and advances in our world.  It produces inventive and futuristic resolutions for the challenges we face now and into the next century.

The main focus of this class is to provide exposure to various types of engineering. Participants in this course will be taught by a professor of engineering and will learn about the engineering design process, research, and analysis. Students will also learn to apply problem-based learning to diverse concepts through a team-based approach. Technology will be utilized to enhance students learning, and provide real-world applications to help solve real world and open-ended engineering problems.

Students will learn how to employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They will cultivate and improve their creative talents while understanding the engineering design methods. Participants will learn the applications and importance of engineering and its global and human impacts.  These GATE participants may be the next group of engineers that will help solve world hunger, invent new and better ways of conserving energy, or maybe even design the future of transportation.