Missouri City high school student Travis Gore got a chance to get out of the classroom and explore opportunities that can come from a degree in metallurgy and materials science this summer.
Gore attended the ASM: Materials, Metallurgy, and Forensics summer camp with fifteen other campers from around the country at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology July 24-29 in Rapid City, SD. ASM: Materials, Metallurgy, and Forensics is 5-day academic summer camp that gets students thinking about science and engineering through activities like blacksmithing, welding, materials testing, and field trips. Dr. Michael West, department head and professor of engineering for the School of Mines Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, designed, coordinated, and teaches the camp.
“This hands-on camp takes students out of the classroom and really shows them what it’s like to be a metallurgical engineer,” West said. “The purpose is to have fun, but also to learn.”
Campers aren’t just learning about science. They’re preparing for future degrees and careers. Goldcorp provided a tour of their Wharf gold mine in Lead. The campers also toured the RPM and Associates manufacturing facility in Rapid City and spoke with Mines graduates.