SD GEARUP is hosting the second annual College and Career Expo day for students attending the SD GEARUP Summer program and visiting middle school students. Scheduled from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in the King Center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, organizers envision expanding a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) economy by developing South Dakota's talent.
An outcome of the College and Career Expo is to renew the commitment of the School of Mines and SD GEARUP to increase the number of American Indian students that enter STEM career fields. The School of Mines intends to highlight the emerging STEM industries in South Dakota and focus on expanding the diversity of South Dakota's workforce to meet future STEM needs.
SD GEARUP strives to increase the success rate of those students at the collegiate level by establishing partnerships among middle schools, high schools, institutions of higher education, Tribal communities, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The School of Mines served as the founding institution of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership (SKILL) NASA Honors Program. This effort began in 1992 as an endeavor of the School of Mines and NASA to increase the number of American Indian students entering into careers in science and engineering. The summer honors program has grown from 20 students in the first summer to directly serving approximately 300 American Indian and low-income high school students in 2013.
The Science and Engineering in South Dakota event will include demonstrations and informational booths from the various science and engineering departments at the School of Mines. Additionally, area engineering enterprises are invited to engage students to showcase future employment opportunities. The ROTC on the School of Mines campus, along with representatives from the Air Force, Army and Navy will be on hand to display the latest innovations in military science, technology and engineering.
The high school students in the SD GEARUP Summer Honors Program, representing South Dakota's nine Tribes, will attend the event to learn about post-secondary opportunities and STEM career choices. Middle school students touring the summer program campus will also participate in the event.
A presentation by visiting dignitaries will be conducted at 4:15 p.m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom on the campus. Included in the presentations are: SDSM&T President Wilson, State Secretary of Education Melody Schopp, Senator Stanford Adelstein, representatives from Senator Thune and Representative Kristi Noem and Summer GEARUP Honors Project Coordinator Stacy Phelps.
For more information, contact Darla Drew Lerdal, (605) 341-5940 or email@example.com.