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Materials Camp for High School Students


MatCamp returns in 2024

After several years' hiatus, we have decided to reinstate the Materials Camp for High School program for summer 2024. We can't wait to see you all again!

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What is UW ASM Materials Camp?

UW ASM Materials Camp is a materials science-based summer day camp for high school students in the greater Seattle area who will be entering their junior year in the Fall.

The camp features a combination of mini-demonstrations and field trips with extensive involvement in laboratories and facilities where students combine hands-on learning with core principles of applied math, physics and chemistry.

Students use instruments to actively explore materials science, engineering, and biology principles. The final days of camp are a team-based, intensive problem-solving science experience under the direction of “Materials Mentors” who are world class engineers and researchers.

Program dates

July 8-13, 2024

The 2024 ASM Materials Camp will be held July 8-13 on the UW Seattle Campus. The program runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Saturday.

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  • Must be a sophomore (10th grade) during the current academic year
  • Must be 16 years old on or before July 8, 2024
  • Must attend high school in the greater Seattle area
  • Prior engineering experience or knowledge is not required
  • U.S. citizenship is not required

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian descent
  • First-generation college students
  • Low-income students

All applicants will be considered regardless of whether they match the criteria above.

Other application criteria; preferred but not required:

  • Strong academic record: 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Basic knowledge of algebra, chemistry, and/or physical science
  • Interest in engineering and materials science as a possible college major and career

What is the cost of participating in Materials Camp?

Thanks to the generous contributions of the ASM Puget Sound Chapter and volunteers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, this summer program is free of cost to participants.

As the camp is a day camp, there is no housing provided or available. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the UW Seattle Campus. All youth 18 and younger can take transit for free: Youth Ride Transit for Free!

Lunch is not provided. Participants bring lunches or money to eat on campus.

How do I apply?

The application opens on Friday, February 2, 2024. Here is how to apply.

  1. Complete and submit the online application
    • Applicant information
    • Legal guardian information
    • School information
    • Short essay question
  2. Send unofficial high school transcript from your school in PDF format to

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024.

How are participants selected?

Applicants will be accepted based on their academic history, motivation, and interests.

When are applicants notified?

Applicants will be notified by Monday, April 1, 2024.


Contact Nichole Fernkes, ASM Materials Camp Administrator, at