Events and Outreach

There's a vibrant science and engineering community in the Black Hills, and its heart is the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. 

We host a variety of events and activities to bring together a wide audience of academics, professionals, and students.  And we take seriously our role in outreach to future generations of scientists and engineers, extending opportunities to elementary, middle-school and high-school students to learn more about math, science, and engineering and envision themselves following this important path.  From professional conferences, to local science fairs, SD Mines plays a consistent role as a key regional STEM resource.


Summer Camps for High School Students

SD Mines summer camps for high schools students introduce inquisitive and capable young minds to the possibilities of a future in science and engineering.  A variety of disciplines and formats meet the needs of both local and non-local students.  Most camps anticipate that the student will stay on campus for a week of science events, social events and exploring local attractions. Need-based scholarships available in some cases.

Summer Camps Website


Learn. Create. Build. Summer Camps

Learn. Create. Build. will be offering three summer programs for elementary and middle school aged student hosted on the SD Mines campus. These programs include: Mini-Game Programming with Minecraft, Roblox Developer: Building Roblox Games, and Minecraft Mod Exploration and Creation. You can find more information about this programs on their website below:

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STEAM Café

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has partnered with  South Dakota Public Broadcasting and  Hay Camp Brewing Company to host the STEAM Café, a series of free informal talks by SD Mines faculty and staff on topics ranging from cutting edge research to history.

STEAM Café, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, will be held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp Brewing Company. Details about each talk will be posted on the SD Mines Event Calendar as well as social media. 


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E-Week (Engineer'sWeek)

SD Mines has a long tradition of celebrating National Engineers Week. This national event raises public awareness of the essential contributions of engineers to all aspects of life. Key events through the week include: luncheons, awards presentations, engineering presentations and competitions.  An eagerly-awaited week each year at the School of Mines.
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High Plains Science and Engineering Fair

Hundreds of regional middle and high school students participate each year in the High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at SD Mines.  Students compete against their peers with projects in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and engineering.  Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the winners.  The High Plains Regional Science & Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
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Fab Labs

If your student is interested in learning about the world of fabrication and it's many forms, this is the event for them! Fab Labs will offer workshops in four content areas: Laser Engraving, 3-D Printing, Circuits and Soldering, and Blacksmithing and Casting. These events are coming to our campus in Spring 2018, so stay tuned for more information. Brought to you by the generosity of Halliburton.

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STEM Exploration Workshop

How old is a fossil? What causes a tornado? What makes a material fail? Learn all about it in our new pre-college introduction course for high school students. 

Immerse yourself in all things Science and Engineering with this six-week long hands-on demonstration course that showcases STEM majors and careers. Taking place every Thursday evening from 4:30pm to 8pm beginning January 18th, 2018 until February 22nd, 2018. Students will be able to engage with professors about our programs through fun activities that expose them to the STEM world during this Ph.D level experience sponsored by Halliburton

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Girls Leadership Workshop

Join us in empowering the young women in our community through a hands-on workshop where they will discover their leadership style, how to support their ideas and learn to lead with confidence using the Girls With Ideas leadership curriculum sponsored by the generosity of Halliburton.

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Other Outreach Programs


Academic Competitions