July 25-28, 100 seventh and eighth grade students converged on South Dakota State University’s campus to take part in the Dakota Dreams Summer Exploration Camp. Students from across the state experienced hands-on learning in the areas of agriculture, economics, biology, chemistry, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, medical laboratory science, respiratory care and aviation—including flight simulation.
Campers were immersed in a week filled with college-like experiences, designed to give them a better understanding of themselves, their personal career interests and how education connects to their professional goals.
Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of activities, toured local farms and industries, and took a day trip to Lake Area Technical College, who along with the South Dakota Board of Regents, other South Dakota technical colleges, South Dakota businesses and industry, and the South Dakota Department of Education, partnered with SDSU to make the Dakota Dreams Camp a reality.
Funding for the free career exploration camp was provided by the DOE through the American Rescue Plan Act.