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Here at SDSU we take an integrated approach to STEM education. At its core STEM education is not about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics independently, rather it is the exploration and implementation of how these areas integrate together. Additionally, we have an inclusive philosophy that acknowledges how content beyond mathematics and sciences can enrich problem-based learning experience. All disciplines, in some way or the other, share a goal of problem solving, whether it is trying to understand something that is puzzling; finding a practical solution to a vexing situation; designing or creating something new and testing and evaluating it; or using prediction, reasoning, and analysis to make a decision, interpretation, or draw a conclusion.

STEM@SDSU conducts STEM related research project and through extension and outreach, provides resources and training for students, parents and teachers. Both of these areas have come together in our Rural Innovation Lab. The Rural Innovation Lab is a collaborative project with a local school district that is implementing an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning environment.

GEMS (Girls: Engineering, Mathematics, & Science logo

A one-day workshop for 8th Grade Girls exploring interests in engineering, mathematics, & technology.

Event Details

Date & Location

March 23, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm at the SDSU Crothers Engineering Hall, Brookings, SD

Student Agenda

9:00-9:30         Registration and Refreshments, Crothers Hall 204
9:30-10:00       Welcome & opening session
10:00 - 10:15   Ice Breaker
10:15-11:55     Session One
11:55- 12:55    Lunch with speaker
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

Fee for students is $25 if registered by March 15, 2019 (deadline is March 21st). Teachers and Guardians are free.

GEMS Registration



Moving from a science fiction novel to our workplace, robots are making a mark in history.  Who will design and program the robots of the future, and what will they do for us? In this hands-on project, participants will build a LEGO-Mindstorm robot car from Lego parts, program the car to navigate a “treacherous” maze and then program them to dance. This interactive project provides the great lesson of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.”

Know Your Materials Inside Out!

How to different materials respond to load and their environment? Can we perform the same tests on bones and plants that we do on metals? Mechanical Engineers at SDSU are addressing these question for problem varying from Bone Cancer to Plant Dehydration. Students in this session will learn about Biomaterials and Biomechanics aspects of the problem through hands-on activities and lab visit and explore materials inside out!


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 look at handwriting, fingerprint, and measurement evidence found at a crime scene, learn how to apply statistics to the interpretation of forensic evidence to determine whether or not a suspect was present at a crime scene, and look at some of the tricks that people may use to cover their tracks! We will base this on data we will measure and collect during this activity. Fun for everyone!

Parent/Teacher Sessions

STEM Student and Professional Panel

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.

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. Followed by Leah Brink, Human Resources Director at Daktronics, Inc., who will discuss STEM career opportunities.

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 the view the student sessions.