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Make It Matter

About the Camp

Have you ever wondered how materials and the science surrounding them can help change the world? Creating a sustainable world for ourselves and for future generations really matters! Scientists and engineers have a huge role to play in building a sustainable future, and in this camp you’ll see how researchers in fields ranging from materials science to chemistry and biology make a difference by designing new materials, inventing new ways to create and store energy, studying how to protect our ecosystems, and much more! Through lab visits, field trips, demonstrations, leadership activities, and hands-on science challenges, you will be inspired to think about how you can harness the world-changing possibilities of science and engineering in entirely new ways! Join us for an unforgettable experience focused on making sustainability matter!

Note: The first full day of camp is Monday, July 8, but all residential campers will move in the evening of Sunday, July 7.


Date: July 8-12, 2024

Price: Day: $425

           Residential: $875

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (and overnight for residential campers)

Grades: Entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2024

Lunch and snacks:

Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow campers to eat their peanut free snacks that they bring from home. All campers will eat lunch in the dining commons each day. (Residential campers will also eat all meals in the dining commons from Sunday evening until Friday afternoon.)

Other Information:

This camp is being planned to include a residential portion. For more information on residential camps, please click here.

The Make It Matter camp has a special scholarship available to participants. More details and an application form may be found here.


Contact us via email at or give us a call at (814) 865-0083.

 Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

For more information, please see Information for Parents from the Penn State Office of Ethics and Compliance.