It's Time You Came to CAMP

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology offers students a unique opportunity to participate in a student-centered, hands-on, engineering program called CAMP, the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production.

CAMP is a competitive, nationally-recognized program that brings together students, faculty, and industry leaders to partner on real-world projects.  Students participating in CAMP can be part of a team preparing for national competition by building alternative fuel vehicles, a concrete canoe, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or a mini Indy or Baja car, or working on projects involving robotics or hydrogen fuel cells.

  Work with Other Students

Work With Other Students

CAMP is social as well as instructive.  Students form lifelong bonds with their CAMP team members as they all work towards project goals and often participate in competitions against other universities.
How To Join

  Develop New Skills

Develop New Skills

Students work with faculty and industry on real-world challenges that require cutting edge solutions.  They develop the kinds of team and leadership skills that are highly sought in engineering and tech industries.
About CAMP

  Many CAMP Teams

Many CAMP Teams

Thirteen CAMP teams offer you in-depth experience in projects from auto racing to computer game development to HAM radio. Choose a team that's related to your academic program - or try something entirely different!
Meet our CAMP Teams

When SD Mines grads apply for their first science and engineering jobs, they get hired.  Programs like CAMP are part of the reason.  Hands-on learning, and knowing how to work in a team environment towards accomplishments and deadlines, pair with academic training to prepare our students to make a difference when they go out to pursue their careers.

We encourage any student, even those not in engineering, to participate in the CAMP experience.  DESIGN, BUILD, TEST and COMPETE -- and learn a world of new things in the process!

A Fierce Predator Inspires Fierce Competitors

The SD Mines Concrete Canoe team presents their 2015 canoe, Unearthed, inspired by Sue the T-Rex and emerging from the imagination of the team into the the light of competition as a fierce predator of the sea.

Unearthed MoldThe canoe team competes in the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference against a variety of competitive schools; and they also compete against the records of the Mines canoe teams that preceded them. Read about their systematic and determined approach to victory in their 2015 Design Paper and Engineer's Notebook.

Unearthed: Design Paper(.pdf)
Unearthed: Engineer's Notebook (.pdf)

Our Stories

This video won the $5000 Grand Prize in the OESA (Original Equipment Suppliers Assoc.) 2014 Generation Next Student Video Contest