Power Camp energizes high school students' interest in Electrical, Computer Engineering


RAPID CITY, S.D. - From July 7-12, 12 high school students from South Dakota and around the country came to the South Dakota School of Mines to get a hands-on introduction to the world of electrical (EE) and computer engineering (CENG)

Dr. Kazem Sohraby, the department head and professor of the electronic and computer engineering department at the School of Mines, designs and teaches Power Camp, a 5 day residential summer camp for students with a passion for electricity.  The camp curriculum places an emphasis on the opportunities available to students who achieve a degree in EE or CENG.

"High school students at this age are generally unaware or have little information about what an electrical or computer engineer would do after graduation," Dr. Sohraby said. "This camp helps students become familiar with engineering jobs and tests high school students' interest in pursuing electrical or computer engineering as a student in college."

Students had a chance to learn all about jobs in electrical engineering on a tour of Rapid City electronics manufacturer SymCom, led by CEO Kip Larson (BS EE 1987).  

"We want to support all SDSM&T programs that encourage youth to become engineers and scientists, as well as promote SymCom as a local company that hires these skilled individuals," Larson said.

The campers also toured and heard presentations from Black Hills Power, Daktronics, Raven Industries, and Dakota Power.

South Dakotan students participating in the camp included Ezra Olson of Belle Fourche, Jace Anderson of Blunt, Daniel Cook of Hot Springs, Luke Julian and Joseph Allen of Rapid City, and Andrew Slezak of Spearfish.

Campers from out-of-state included Quincy Costlow of Bellevue Washington; Logan Torerson of Edmond, OK; Matthew Slizys of Woodhaven, NY; Brigitte Nguyen of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrew Epperson of Upland, CA; and Erik Guetz of Encinitas, CA.

The camp was made possible by contributions from The SD Space Grant Consortium, the Black Hills Astronomical Society, and the South Dakota Community Foundation.

For more information on this and other School of Mines camps in 2014, interested students, parents, and counselors may call (605) 394-2693. Updated information will be posted at sdsmt.edu/learn as it becomes available.

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