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Release Date Monday, January 29, 2024

South Dakota Mines To Host Rapid City Area Schools STEM-Based Camps

A student participates in the Scrubs Camp last year at South Dakota Mines.

Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) and South Dakota Mines are again partnering to train and inspire the next generation of engineers and healthcare workers.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., the university will play host to RCAS’ inaugural Engineering Camp, while on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., RCAS will hold its second annual Scrubs Camp, focusing on healthcare careers, once again at the university. Both events will be held at the Surbeck Center.

“One of the goals of the RCAS Pathways Program is to eventually have a camp experience for each of our nine pathway areas,” says Bobbie Jo Donovan, RCAS college and career readiness manager. “This year we added in the Engineering Camp as well as a Cyber Camp that was held in December. By implementing two to three camps each year, students enrolled in the sophomore level introductory pathway courses will be given an opportunity to dive a little deeper into the careers within the pathway they have an interest in.” 

Engineering Camp will consist of five rotations: electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, a campus tour and CAT Lab tour.

"With this being our first experience with the RCAS Engineering Camp, we are excited about the opportunity students will have to explore all of the career opportunities with the various areas of engineering,” says Donovan. “The hope is to provide students with a hands-on activity that helps them to understand the different areas and which area may be of interest to them.”

The Scrubs Camp will feature eight rotations: biomedical sciences, anesthesiology, EMT, radiology, dental hygienist, physical therapy, behavioral health and primary care nursing.

“Scrubs Camps are designed to increase awareness of education, skills and understanding of health careers available in South Dakota through interactive activities taught by professionals in the health care field,” says Donovan. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Gray Hughes, 605-394-2554, Gray.Hughes@sdsmt.edu