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Ready, SET- Go!

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The Ready SET-Go! Camp is a one-day workshop for high school girls held every November. (SET stands for Science, Engineering, and Technology.) Modeled after the eighth-grade GEMS camp, this version offers activities more suited to high-school age students and is designed to help students decide how to focus their interests into a college major and a career. To this end, professional women from the industry provide a key part of the workshop.

The goals of this workshop are to introduce high school-aged women to engineering, math, and science through a highly dynamic program of hands-on activities, increase student and parent knowledge of engineering, math, and science with regard to academic preparation and professional opportunities, provide an environment that facilitates learning and excitement about engineering, math, and science, and to inspire young women to continue to pursue the courses of study introduced during the workshop.

Due to the generous contributions of corporate sponsors, the cost of the workshop is only $25 per student, which includes lunch. Special tours and activities are planned for parents and teachers who accompany the students. Their lunch and refreshments will be provided at no cost.

Event Details

Date and Time: November 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: SDSU Crothers Engineering Hall, Brookings, SD

Student Agenda for the day:

9:00-9:30 Registration and Refreshments, Crothers Hall 204

9:30-9:45 Welcome & opening ceremony

10:00-11:45 Session One

11:45- 12:30 Lunch... Speaker:  National Association of Women in Construction

12:30-2:15 Session Two

2:15-2:45 Ice Cream Break

2:45-4:30 Session Three

4:30-4:50 Closing Ceremony


Click here to apply. Camp registration fee is $25 per student if received by November 11. Late camp fee is $35. Teachers and guardians are free.


SESSION ONE: Construction Management

This session will introduce you to the one of the first steps in a construction project: the material take off. We will start a building materials list that includes the numbers of items (how many windows, how much concrete for the foundation, how many feet of rebar, etc.) and the order they are used in the project. From the take-off, an estimate of the cost is created. Once the estimate is created, you will learn how to build the project schedule. Lots of fun and a valuable learning opportunity in project management.

SESSION TWO: Mathematics, Markov Chains and You!

It’s one of the best kept secrets in higher education today – mathematics majors are in high demand for top-rated careers like Data Scientist, Financial Engineer, Actuary, Statistician, Mathematician, and Computational Scientist, along with the well-known and rewarding career of being a Math Teacher. In the Mathematics workshop at Ready, Set, Go, we’ll investigate the mathematical theory of Markov Chains and their application in predicting behavior, managing transportation, and managing internet and power grids. After completing this workshop, you’ll understand one of many ways in which mathematicians play an important role in the management of information that affects our lives every day.

SESSION THREE: Materials in Mechanical Design

Materials are the fundamental “bricks” for engineering design. From a bicycle to a complex satellite project, engineers use materials to build high-tech wonders. To design these marvels, mechanical engineers must first have an understanding of strength, qualities, and cost of materials. In this activity, the students will discover material characterization and selection, and using metals and 3D printed structures, they will perform some hands-on destructive and non-destructive laboratory testing. Get ready for some material breaking and bending!


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