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Youth Engineering Adventure

Student Testimonial

"I can't remember any other single week of my life when I have had so much fun and learned so much in such a short time. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every very busy day, and I have made some amazing friends and lifelong memories.”

The SDSU YEA camp will run June 19 – 23, 2016.

This five-day summer camp, hosted at South Dakota State University, provides high school students the opportunity to have fun, learn how engineering and technology relate to the world around them, and work closely with professionals. YEA is a program is modeled after YBA (Youth Business Adventure).

YEA was started in 2002 at SDSU. Students participate in hands-on projects in engineering, science, and technology while living on campus and sampling college life. The camp is held every June.

Goals & Opportunities

The goal of YEA is to build understanding, appreciation, interest, and enthusiasm for engineering as a career among high school students. Inspiring young people in this manner will help ensure that future generations have individuals empowered with knowledge of engineering and technology to generate greater economic vitality and create a better quality of life.

YEA provides the following opportunities:

  • Hands-on learning and educational experiences
  • Engineering design experiences
  • Tours: Engineering/Industry/Technology Leaders
  • Teamwork and Leadership Opportunities
  • Introduction to Engineering as a Career
  • Social Interactions and Fun


YEA is a co-ed program that includes a variety of educational and social activities. One of the important aspects of YEA will be to allow participants to meet and make new friends. Students will be divided into approximately ten-member groups. Each student group will work closely with an engineer. Activities will include speakers, panel discussions, engineering design projects, tours, demonstrations, hands-on projects, group learning experiences, and social functions.

How to Apply

High school students who have completed their freshmen year are invited to apply. Students interested in applying must complete sections one and two of the application form and return it to the address at the end of the application form. Part 3 of the application has been waived. The application is available in Adobe PDF and MS Word formats.

The application period for YEA 2016 is now open. Enrollment ends May 27.

Students selected to attend YEA will be required to submit a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Participant expenses for food, lodging, materials, and activities will be paid for by YEA. Participants will be responsible for travel expenses to and from YEA.