Student Outreach

Student Outreach

The application for the 2019 Materials Camp is currently open.

2019 ASM Materials Camp
Drexel University - June 24-28, 2019

The Department of Materials and Engineering at Drexel University, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International, will be hosting Materials Camp, a week-long academic day camp that will introduce high school students to the exciting and important field of materials science and engineering.

Run almost entirely by graduate students from the department, the Materials Camp program comprises a series of short lectures together with hands-on, interactive, laboratory sessions, an industry visit (the last several years the students visited the Boeing Helicopter plant in Chester, PA to see the Osprey assembly line), and a small "project activity" that runs throughout the week.

Students, faculty and staff initially get acquainted at a "welcome breakfast" and the students are then immediately introduced to the fascinating world of materials. In the laboratory sessions, camp participants - high school juniors and seniors - will learn about metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and nanomaterials, how these materials are processed, and how their structure determines their properties and hence how and where they are used. Camp activities include electron microscopy, heat treating, tensile and impact testing of metals, synthesis of slime and foam polymers, composites and liquid crystal thermometers. Student teams will also carry out an engineering design project which runs throughout the week with awards for the top teams.

Students "graduate" during a Bar-B-Q luncheon attended by the student's family members, faculty, ASM Chapter members and business leaders where they have the opportunity to network with professionals and to explore college and career options.

Target Audience:

High school students entering their Junior or Senior Year. Highly motivated, inquisitive learners with math and science aptitude. Students will receive free meals, tuition, edutainment and knowledge. Students are only responsible for their own transportation to and from Drexel University, conveniently located next to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. For those who prefer to drive, free parking can be arranged.

To apply, download the following application and submit all components according to the instructions on the form.

Materials Camp 2019 application form

If you have any questions, email Spencer Freund at

**Notification of Material Camp Application Acceptance will be made in mid-May 2019.