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Free summer camp: National Summer Transportation Institute comes to SDSU in July

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South Dakota high schoolers participate in a previous National Summer Transportation Institute on the South Dakota State University campus.

High school students interested in learning more about engineering and transportation are invited to attend the National Summer Transportation Institute on the South Dakota State University campus next month.

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The weeklong residential camp, set for July 9-15, is hosted by SDSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and funded by the South Dakota Department of Transportation. It’s absolutely free to students and their families and includes on-campus housing, a full course of meals for the duration of the camp, workshops and evening activities.

The deadline to apply is June 17.

At the camp, students entering grades 8 through 12 next fall will explore careers in the transportation sector and engineering and learn what SDSU has to offer.

They will be introduced to different aspects of transportation engineering, such as planning, materials and transportation modes, among other topics. They’ll also have an opportunity to participate in hands-on lab activities in workshops, as well as learn from experts about the transportation sector and the problems transportation engineers solve.

Students who apply to attend must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and be interested in engineering, science, transportation or technology. Along with the completed online application form, students should email a copy of their most recent unofficial transcripts from their school’s registration office, and a one-paragraph letter of interest explaining why they are a good fit for the program and what they hope to learn from the experience.

To learn more about the camp and to sign up to participate, go to the National Summer Transportation Institute webpage.