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2023 MatCamp has been cancelled while we evaluate whether or not to continue the program.

Camp Highlights

ASM Materials Camp allows high school students to experience the exciting field of material science in a hands-on way. Students have access to high-tech equipment and professional mentors to help them tackle real problems facing the field today. 

Hands-on material science

Look at how materials perform by bending, stretching, and crushing them until they break. See how different materials are made and how they are formed into the things we use every day.

Working with "materials mentors"

Materials Mentors are practicing engineers from local companies. Small groups of four to five students will team up with a mentor and work on projects at the UW Materials Science & Engineering department and at the research facilities of the mentor's company.

Past mentored presentations include:

Brandon Wilson, EnviroPower Renewable
Fly Ash Bricks
Jason Zhou, Pacific Metallurgy
Tensile Strength and Hardness of Steel
Bernard Roberts, Boeing
Torque and Tension Project
Andrew Cantrell, Jorgensen Forge
Forging Alumnium for Aerospace Pressure Vessels
Beverly Franada and Eric Christie, Fatigue Technology Inc.
Static and Fatigue Testing

Mentors from past camps have come from companies such as Boeing, Boston Scientific, PacMet, Fatigue Technology, Jorgensen Forge, TesnorCrete and Schaeffer Engineering.

Introduction to materials science

Students will take introductory courses to Materials Science. Instructors include professors from the University of Washington and others.

Scanning electron microscope

Students will observe structures on the nanoscale with the UW Material Science & Engineering department's state of the art Scanning Electron Microscope.

Careers in materials science & engineering

Panel of current and retired engineers and professors will discuss the various career opportunities for students who study materials science and engineering.

Presentations and graduation ceremony

On the final day of the camp, students will present what they learned in a formal presentation. We will then have a graduation ceremony and luncheon. Parents are invited!