MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp is a 5-day summer camp program to encourage Montana middle school students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It inspires students to consider science-related careers, encourages them to pursue a college education, and also gives them a taste of college life.

Check out Past Camps

Shooting for the moon: Montana State University hosts NASA Space Camp

July 25, 2019 --  News story and video from KBZK.com

video screenshot of kids with rockets

Middle-schoolers fall in love with STEM at earth and space camp

July 23, 2019 --  News story and video from ABC-FOX Montana

Read a news story about our 2018 camp.

Who Can Attend?

MSU Explore is for kids who may not have attended a STEM camp or had access to an MSU opportunity like this before. Students from low-income families and communities, rural areas, or those who will be first in their family to attend college are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants need to be entering grades 6-8 in the fall.

Cost: Free

MSU Explore camp is free, so we are looking for kids who stand to gain the most from this opportunity. All room & board, activities, and student materials are provided free of charge.

Travel to and from the camp in Bozeman is not provided. Students who attend GEAR UP schools may be eligible for travel funding. Contact your GEAR UP coordinator for more information.

Learn More about MSU Explore

What You'll Do

Learn how to:

  • make a nature survival kit,
  • build and launch rockets,
  • make--then break--concrete structures,
  • protect Montana's rivers and forests, and
  • explore black holes.


  • eat and sleep in the MSU residence halls, and
  • enjoy evening activities such as sports, movies, scavenger hunts and social events.

How to Apply

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed. Please check back early in 2020 for information on how to apply for the next summer session.

Important Dates for 2020

  • April: Applications available
  • April 24: Applications and recommendations are due (not postmarked)
  • May 8: Accepted students will be mailed a confirmation letter, workshop choices, registration and other important forms in the mail (USPS)
  • May 18: Last day to return required registration paperwork to MSU
  • July 26-31: Camp


Hosted by MSU Academic Technology and Outreach in collaboration with NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and the Northwest Earth and Space Pipeline (NESSP)

For More Information

Please direct questions to Jamie Cornish at jcornish@montana.edu or 406-994-6005.