STEM Summer Camp Programs for High School Students

Join us on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus for our STEM summer camps! At South Dakota Mines, our summer campers participate in hands-on, STEM education throughout the day and explore Rapid City and the Black Hills in the evenings. These pre-college experiences are designed to expose students to the fascinating and hi-tech world of science and engineering.

Camps are hosted under our high-quality academic departments and boast a faculty director whose expertise exposes campers to the same content being taught in our undergraduate programs and beyond. Learn more about our different schedule options and camp topics below. Visit each individual camp page to learn more, register, and explore information on the enrollment process.

Please note that acceptance into the program is not guaranteed. Campers will receive acceptance information after all application items have been received and reviewed. Also note, that grade refers to the student's grade during the 2020-2021 school year.

Day Camps

Campers participate in on-campus activities and field trips throughout the day, but do not stay on campus throughout the evenings and overnights. Campers/parents are responsible for transportation to and from the camp each day. Lunch is included for campers each day of camp. The cost of our day camps vary, with some FREE options available.

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp Mining And Explosives  

Mining and Explosives

Mining Engineering Camp
Grades: 9th-12th

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp BioMed  

Camp BioMed

Biomedical Engineering Camp
Grades: 9th-12th

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp Materials Metallurgy And Forensics  

Materials, Metallurgy & Forensics

Metallurgy Engineering Camp
Grades: 9th-12th

SD Mines Summer Camp Science Of Swords Bladesmithing  

Science of Swords

Metallurgy Engineering Camp 
Grades: 9th-12th

Residential Camps

Experience life of a college student, living and learning on the South Dakota Mines campus! Residential campers stay in an on-campus residence hall, supervised by camp counselors who are current South Dakota Mines students. All meals are provided through our campus dining facilities. Residential camp cost includes room/board throughout the week as well as all daily camp activities and  evening excursions. A $300 deposit is due upon registration. This deposit is applied to the total camp cost upon acceptance. Please note that the $300 deposit is non-refundable only after a camper has been accepted to the program.

Please note: there is no cost to participate in the National Summer Transportation Institute and no deposit due during registration.


Robotics and Automated Manufacturing

Mechanical Engineering Camp
Grades 9th-12th


Wild Weather

Atmospheric Sciences Camp
Grades 9th-12th

SD Mines Summer Camp STEM Exploration  

STEM Exploration

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Camp
Grades 7th-10th


It's Rocket Science

Physics Camp
Grades 9th-12th

SD Mines Summer Camp National Summer Transportation Institue Grant Funded  

National Summer Transportation Institute

Industrial Engineering Camp
Grades 9th-12th

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp Green Chemistry  

Green Chemistry

Chemistry Camp
Grades 9th-12th

SD Mines Summer Camp CBE Chemistry Bio Engineering  

CBE Summer Institute

Chemical and Biological Engineering Camp 
Grades 9th-12th

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp 3D Print And Design Camp  

3D and Beyond

3D Printing and Design Camp
Grades 9th-12th


Geology Rocks!

Geology Camp
Grades 9th-12th

South Dakota Mines Summer Camp Fossils And Paleontology  


Paleontology Camp
Grades 9th-12th

Summer Camp Scholarships

Visit our Scholarship Information page to learn more about needs-based scholarships. Priority deadlines start on March 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Already Enrolled in Camp?

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Make it a Family Vacation!

Do you have a camper joining us? Make it a vacation and bring the whole family! Visit Rapid City is a great planning resource.



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