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Camp offers mix of manufacturing, machining and mechanical engineering
Release Date Wednesday, July 9, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 9, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will offer a two-day opportunity for high school students to get hands-on experience in mechanical engineering at the first-ever Design for Manufacturing Summer Camp. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 9, and tomorrow, Thursday, July 10.

Working with mechanical engineering experts, twenty high school students will use state-of-the-art equipment to develop model and code computer numerical control for a small medallion, which will then be manufactured at the School of Mines’ vertical machining center.

Students will also have the opportunity to tour the university’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Production, which boasts teams ranging from Hardrocker racing to mini-Baja and Ham radio, and the Caterpillar Inc. Black Hills Engineering Design Center.

Developed in cooperation with Jason Reub, Stevens High School design and engineering instructor, and Caterpillar Inc. Black Hills Engineering Design Center, the camp aims to capitalize on the faculty skills and facilities at Mines to increase science, technology, engineering and math exposure to local high school students with an interest in engineering. Primary funding was provided by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.


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