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Make It Matter
Camper's Making Science Matter

About the Camp

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:


Date: July 07 - 12, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Camp fees and registration: Register before midnight Mar. 19, 2019: $365 day camp , $815 residential camp stay

                                                  Register after 12 am Mar. 20, 2019: $395 day camp, $845 residential camp stay

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 in one of the University dining commons. Tues-Thu they will either eat in the dining commons or a catered lunch.

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:


Note: Extended care is not offered with this camp.

Resident option: Campers who register for the residential option will check-in on Sunday afternoon and check-out Friday afternoon. Exact check-in and check-out times will be distributed to registered campers closer to camp dates.


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