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The Secret Life of Metals

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Secret Life of Metals

Metals have played an important role in building civilizations since people learned how to manipulate ore into tools and weapons. When we think of metals, we think of a heavy inanimate material like a rock or a beam in a building. However, metals have a dynamic crystalline structure at the atomic scale. It looks alive and exciting. Join us to explore the unique things metals can do!


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Middle School Camp

Open to students currently in 6th through 8th grades.

Commuter ONLY

Omaha, Nebraska

Experience the Creighton University campus.

July 15 - 17, 2024

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  • Interesting aspects of inorganic chemistry
  • Chemistry experiments of supersaturation, properties of solids, equilibrium, oxidation states, radioactivity, etc.
  • Learn about STEM opportunities in the field of chemistry


  • Chemistry lab techniques
  • Chemical reactions
  • Advanced themes, such as the reactivity of a polyoxometalate in solution or the precipitation of a lanthanide extended structure
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  • Enjoy the college experience on Creighton's campus
  • Meet new friends from the metropolitan area
  • Learn about STEM career paths in chemistry

Creighton University

Hixson-Lied Science Building

Creighton University is a private university in Omaha, NE that was founded in 1878. The campus is located just outside of Omaha's downtown business district and enrolls a little more than 8,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

This in person camp is hosted by Dr. Eric Villa, Associate Professor from the Department of Chemistry. Students will be exposed to scientific work being done in laboratories, especially with inorganic chemistry and will apply critical thinking skills to multiple science experiments.

Camp takes place at the Hixson-Lied Science Building.

***Creighton University takes the health and safety of the campus community very seriously and camp staff will monitor and follow CDC guidelines in collaboration with university and governmental partners.***

Are you ready for your summer experience?

Essential Information

Commuter ONLY camp

Who's Eligible?

Open to students currently in 6th through 8th grades.

Camp Fee

Camp fee is $60. Financial scholarships are available!


Space is limited to 15 campers.

Daily Camp Schedule

Approximately 8:30AM - 4:30PM. A complete schedule will be provided prior to camp. Lunch will be provided.

Supervision and Safety

Minimum of 1:10 teacher/counselor to student ratio. Certified faculty/teachers and experienced, trained undergraduates students/counselors.

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