When: July 6-10, 2015 
(Registration for the 2015 camp is now closed)


Who: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Where: UAB campus in Birmingham

Cost: Free!

You’ve heard of mechanical engineering,

and civil engineering,

and electrical engineering,

and chemical engineering…

but did you know there are also materials engineers?

camp1Making things better, stronger, lighter, faster, safer, smartermaterials engineers shape the future!

Materials scientists and engineers study metals, ceramics, glass, plastics, composites, nanomaterials, and semiconductors for everything from disposable contact lenses to computer chips to crankshafts. By understanding how and why different materials bend, break, stretch, melt, corrode, or conduct electricity under different conditions, materials engineers can design materials that make engines more efficient, airplanes lighter, cell phones smaller, and cancer-fighting drugs more effective.

If you’d like to learn more about how this exciting field, then apply for Materials Camp at UAB. At camp you will work with professors and students from the Materials Science and Engineering Department to learn, play, design, build, test, create and explore. You will also meet people working as materials engineers for local companies and learn about what kinds of jobs they do. Join us and see how you and materials together can make a world of difference.


PastedGraphic-1The Materials Camp will consist of interactive lectures with hands-on laboratory sessions, as well as a field trip to a local foundry and a multi-day engineering design project.  The camp will run from about 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and finish early on Friday after a celebratory barbecue lunch for students, faculty, sponsors and parents.


The Materials Camp is open to high school students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall. Students should be motivated learners who are interested in applied science and engineering design.


Most of the camp will take place in or around the Business and Engineering Complex building on the campus of UAB. The street address is 1150 10th Ave. South in Birmingham.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this location each day.  Materials Camp is a non-residential program and housing is not available.

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There is no cost to students. All materials, instruction, transportation during the day, and meals are provided. Participants will also receive a UAB Materials Camp t-shirt to commemorate their week.

Materials Camp at UAB is supported in part by the ASM Materials Education Foundation, which funds Materials Camps for high school teachers and students across the country and internationally.   


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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 camp. This page will be updated in the coming months with information on the 2016 camp.

To be considered for Materials Camp, students must fill out an online application, including a personal statement of 100 words or more explaining why they wish to participate in the camp.  Each student applicant must also have a recommendation from a teacher, which can also be submitted online.

UAB officials will begin sending acceptance letters April 1, 2015.


For more information or questions, please contact:
Dr. Amber Genau
Materials Camp at UAB organizer
Phone: 205-975-3271
Email: genau@uab.edu