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Sensing our World 2005
July 18 - 22 and 25 - 29

A week-long, all-day summer camp about sensors and science 
for students entering 7th and 8th grade 

Sponsored by:
The Center for Sensor Materials
The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
The Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team - Structure of Nanocrystals
in association with the Capital Area Science and Math Center

In recognition of 2005 as the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's miraculous year, Sensing Our World '05 will include a special focus on physics and Einstein with some special activities and programs that will be available for participants.

Camp Activities:
Through hands-on activities students learn about the scientific principles behind the many sensors used in everyday life. They learn how common (and not so common) sensing devices work. Students make electric circuits and build their own detectors. Understanding of the physical world requires a vast array of sensing techniques and materials. Sensing Our World is a discovery experience of materials, physical science principles, physics and real world applications.

Classes are held on the MSU campus from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Activities include meeting with MSU scientists to learn about their research and visits to labs on campus.

Sensing Our World Instructors
Camp instructors include faculty, staff, research fellows, and graduate students from Physics, Chemistry and Engineering departments at MSU. There are also guest instructors.

Mr. Russel Pline is the lead program instructor. Mr. Pline teaches in the Okemos school system and holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. An outstanding science teacher, he was the recipient of a Governors Fellowship for AT&T distance learning curriculum in 1993, the Okemos Education Foundation Award for Excellence in 1997, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Education in 1998. He brings to the program a wealth of classroom and presentation experience.

We expect a large response to the summer camp. We will offer two sessions, July 18 - 22 and July 25 - 29. Twenty students will be accepted for each week. Please indicate the week you wish to attend. Scholarships will be awarded to a number of students. Applications will be reviewed by the Sensing our World 2005 selection committee.

Camp Sponsors
The Center for Sensor Materials is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Research focus is on materials for sensors and sensing technology. An integral part of the project mission is to promote science education at all levels. The Center sponsors hands-on, inquiry based, education programs that teach the science of sensors. Find out more about the Center from the web page:

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophyiscs (JINA) is a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center. Outreach programs focus on connecting the science of JINA with all audiences - from academy to secondary schools students to the public - providing meaningul collaboration whenever possilbe. Find out more about JINA from the web page:

The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is the leading rare isotope research facility in the United States. NSCL scientists and researchers employ a wide range of tools for conducting advanced research in fundamental nuclear science, nuclear astrophyiscs, and accelerator physics.

The Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Reserach Team (NIRT) with focus on the structure of nanocrystals is a National Science Foundation funded team of researachers interested in understanding the arrangement of atoms in nanometer sized objects: nanoparticles.

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005

Click here to print the 2005 application in PDF Format

Click here to print the 2005 flyer in PDF format

For information about the camp contact:
Ann Kirchmeier 
2169 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building 
Michigan State University 
E. Lansing, MI 48824-2320 
Phone: (517) 432-5500 
Fax: (517) 432-5501