Make It Matter

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When is it?

07 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

Who can attend?

Students entering grades 9-12.

What's covered?MIM 1- 2017

This camp is your gateway to the fascinating world of materials science! Materials scientists have brought us amazing new technologies, such as flexible screens, nanoscale sensors, and self-folding materials – in this camp you’ll explore how researchers take new technologies such as these from initial concept all the way to actual implementation. Through lab visits to meet researchers, demonstrations of cutting-edge tools, and a hands-on challenge to design and prototype your own solution to a pressing societal problem, this camp will bring the research process alive and inspire you to think about the world-changing possibilities of science and engineering in entirely new ways! (Note: The first full day of camp is Monday, July 8th, but all campers will check in for an opening ceremony the evening of Sunday, July 7th.)

See the 2018 Make It Matter camp video here: . 

 You can also see the 2018 Make It Matter camp photo album here:

Lunch and Snacks

  • Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut free snacks that they brought from home.
  • Campers will eat lunch on Monday and Friday one of the University dining commons. Tues-Thu they will either eat in the dining commons or a catered lunch.

Camp fees and registration

Register before midnight Mar. 19, 2019

  • $365 (day); $815 (residential)

Register after 12 am Mar. 20, 2019

  • $395 (day); $845 (residential)

Full-Day Camp:MIM 2- 2017

9:00 am - 4:00pm 

Please drop your child off from between 8:50 and 9:00 am. Camp ends promptly at 4:00 pm. Please arrange to pick him/her up by 4:00 pm.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

During the week of this camp, State College, PA will be hosting ArtsFest 2019 from July 10-14 (Wed. - Sun.).  This is a great experience for families of campers to visit the famous festival filled with wonderful art and entertainment! Because the Festival often brings over 125,000 visitors to State College, parents should be aware that traveling to and from the Penn State campus may require extra time and patience. For more information about ArtsFest, see this link:

Extended Care

Extended care is not offered with this camp.