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Wild Weather Summer Camp

Face nature's fury: lightning, tornadoes, blizzards, and more

Spend a week studying the weather in the Rushmore Region, home to some of the wildest weather in the country—like the national record for fastest temperature change. The 50-degree drop in an hour shattered windows as the temperature dipped below freezing, above, and back down again. 

Get a hands-on experience in weather forecasting, including learning about tornadoes from local experts, setting up weather stations around the Black Hills with direct access to state-of-the-art equipment, and learning about flash floods firsthand from the historic spot of the most devastating flood in South Dakota history.

Hands-on. Hi-tech. All in the beautiful Black Hills.

  • Get an inside peek at the making of a monster storm. Learn how tornadoes and thunderstorms form and how meteorologists predict these phenomena.
  • Observe thunderstorm development over the Black Hills (weather permitting).
  • Launch large weather balloons to observe the upper atmosphere.
  • Set up weather stations in teams around the beautiful Black Hills.
  • Meet an on-air meteorologist, watch a live broadcast, and do a mock forecast at a local TV station.
  • Learn how to analyze weather maps and make a forecast.
  • See firsthand how changes to the climate may affect local ecosystems such as streams, plants, and organisms.                  
  • Visit the Rapid City National Weather Service office and meet with experts in the field.
  • Please note final activities may vary.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

While completing the online registration, the student will be required to submit a 500-800 word essay that explains:

  1. Who you are as a student 
  2. Why coming to this camp is important to you
  3. What your expectations are for the camp
  4. What attributes you bring to the camp

Students may wish to complete this essay in advance. 

Additionally, we ask for the contact information (name, email and phone number) of a trusted teacher be provided so that we can ask that they complete a brief recommendation survey for the student. 

It's important to note that acceptance into the program is not guaranteed. Evaluation and notification will take place for each student after the registration form, personal essay and teacher recommendation are completed and returned to the Summer Camps Coordinator. 


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REGISTER NOW Payments and Forms

Date: June 9-14, 2019
Cost: $975
Grades: Rising 9th-12th    

  • Includes camp, activities, supplies, room and board
  • $300 registration fee, applied to cost of program
  • Minimum enrollment must be met
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  • Registration does not guarantee acceptance
     

For more information

Contact Admissions,   
(605) 394-2414                                            Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu 


Brought to you by —

Adam FrenchWild Weather Summer Camp is directed by Dr. Adam French, a Mines expert in tornadoes and thunderstorms, and involves faculty from the SD Mines Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program which offers undergraduate and graduate studies in meteorology and atmospheric sciences.  ( Learn more about what atmospheric scientists and meteorologists do).


 

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