The 2021 summer camp will be limited in the number of students attending due to the covid virus situation. Applications will be restricted to students attending GEAR UP Schools, however there will be a waiting list for non-GEAR UP students if spots become available. See below for more information.

About

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. The camp will run July 11-16, 2021.

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

Some of the things you might learn how to do:

  • make a nature survival kit,
  • build and launch rockets,
  • make--then break--concrete structures,
  • program and pilot drones and Lego robots, and
  • explore black holes.

Plus...

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

How to Apply

Students who want to attend the camp must submit an application and two adult recommendations byApril23, 2021. You can apply by filling out the online forms below or by printing out the PDFs below and mailing them to ATO. If you have questions, contact Jamie Cornish at jcornish@montana.edu.

Student Application

 
To sign up for EXPLORE camp complete this application.

Adult Recommendation

 
Give this link to two adults for their recommendations.

>> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDJ9FXN

Or download and complete the applications, and return them to ATO by April 23. Mail them to Jamie Cornish, MSU-ATO, P.O. Box 173860, Bozeman, MT 59717-3860 or you can email copies of them to jcornish@montana.edu.

Download application.

Download recommendations form.

Important Dates for 2021 

  • April: Applications available 
  • April 23: Applications and recommendations are due at MSU  
  • May 7: Accepted students will be mailed a confirmation letter, workshop choices, registration and other important forms in the mail (USPS) 
  • May 19: Last day to return required registration paperwork to MSU 
  • July 11-16: Camp 

Sponsors

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.