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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 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: SDSU Crothers Engineering Hall, Brookings, SD
                1151 8th Street

Student Agenda for the day:

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

9:30-9:45 Welcome & opening ceremony

10:00-11:55 Session One

11:55- 12:55 Lunch... Speaker:  STEM Student and Professional Panel

12:55-2:35 Session Two

2:35-3:05 Ice Cream Break

3:05-4:45 Session Three

4:45-5:00 Closing Ceremony

Noon Speaker:    This panel, comprised of SDSU students and industry professionals, will explore opportunities, expectations, rewards, and skills associated with a STEMs education and career. Panel members will discuss their academic and professional experiences in pursuing and managing a STEMs career as well as how to make the most of the college experience. A large part of the panel will be dedicated to interactive discussion with the audience to explore some of the common questions that students ask:  topics such as choosing the best school, making the transition to college and a career.


Click here to apply. Camp registration fee is $25 per student if received by November 1. Late camp fee is $35. Teachers and guardians are free.


SESSION ONE:   Going With the Flow, Engineering Systems for Better Water Management

Water is critical to life and everyone impacts water in one form or another.  In this session you will investigate engineering strategies to manage urban stormwater in a way that improves water quality, reduces flooding, and preserves or enhances habitat.  The theme of the day will be low impact development (LID) also referred to as green infrastructure.  Best management practices that fall under the LID umbrella are bioretention or rain gardens, pervious pavement, green roofs, bioswales, and rainwater harvesting.  You will get hands-on exposure with multiple types of LID and develop an urban watershed plan that uses LID to manage stormwater runoff.  At the end of the day, you will better understand how we shape water and what we can do to manage water.

SESSION TWO:  Civil Engineering... Design a Major Highway and Your Own Asphalt Mix!

This activity exposes students to the basic concepts of designing a highway, from the horizontal and vertical curvature, cross sections, and earthwork to mixing the asphalt used to pave it.  Starting with a topographical map obtained via the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and current roadway map coverages from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD DOT), students will progress through a series of instructions which direct and explain their efforts using engineering design software.  The end goal will be to realign a major highway, resulting in a proposed alternative route which bypasses small towns due to a hypothetical significant growth in traffic.  During this activity, the students will learn through hands-on tasks, group discussion, and interaction with faculty and civil engineering students.  During this session the students will also learn about the most widely used transportation construction material, asphalt. In the SDSU’s asphalt laboratory students will become familiar with asphalt mixes and their testing and evaluation methods. Also, they will be given an opportunity to design, mix and compact their own asphalt mix in the laboratory.  Previously prepared samples will be tested to failure in order to demonstrate the crack initiation and propagation in asphalt mixes. Also, the parameters affecting the strength and performance of the asphalt mixes will be discussed with students through 2-way communication and hands-on learning.

SESSION THREE:  Computer Science

Computer Science touches us all in our day to day activities, from the vehicle that brought you to camp and your smart phone which you will text your parents about today’s exciting events. During this event we will use a programmable robotics platform (SDSUBot) to learn the basics of coding software and programming the platform to perform useful tasks. We will start by installing software in order to communicate with the robot and then code several simple tasks. These task will include “making the robot sing”, “helping the robot to communicate”, and “moving the robot using simple commands.” These interactive projects will provide the great lesson of “if at first you do not succeed, try, try, again!”



SESSION ONE: Preparing Your Student for College and STEM Career Opportunities

Dr. Rich Reid, Associate Dean of Engineering, will present information to the parents and teachers on how students entering high school can better prepare themselves to compete for scholarships and demanding academic majors.  Leah Brink, Human Resources Director at Daktronics, Inc will discuss STEM career opportunities, and a short presentation by the SDSU Admissions office on the college visit and application process.

SESSION TWO: Forensics  - Will They Get Away with Murder?

Forensic science is the study of objects that relate to a crime. Crimes occur multiple times per day across the world, and there are multiple steps before a suspect is determined to be “guilty”. Where do statisticians fit into the process? In this activity, we will evaluate handwriting, fingerprint, and dust particle evidence found at a crime scene. We will also have the opportunity to apply statistics to the interpretation of forensic evidence to determine whether or not a suspect was present at a crime scene. We will base this statistical inference on data we will measure and collect during this activity.  Fun for everyone!

SESSION THREE:  Engineering Tour

With over 30 hands-on laboratories in our different majors, take a walking tour to visit a few select labs from various disciplines within the SDSU College of Engineering followed by a walking tour to view the student sessions.



Sponsor logos: Banner, HR Green, East River Electric, Daktronics, Dulas Excavting Inc., Sencore, DGR Engineering, 3M, SDState, IBM.