Sixty-eight students from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota are registered for this year’s South Dakota Governor's Camp. During the day, students attend STEAM-focused educational sessions planned and taught by USD faculty, staff and graduate students. In the evenings, students choose from a list of campus and community recreational activities to participate in.

“Educationally, we hope that students leave our camp with a deeper interest in STEAM fields and future careers,” said Brandon Hoefert, camp director. “Our educational sessions serve as enrichment experiences that students are unlikely to get at their school. Of course, we also want students to have a fun and memorable week at USD.”

Some of the educational sessions students can choose from include robotics, visual art, yoga, veterinary dissection, chemistry, intro to guitar and many more. Students also hear from inspiring speakers and engage in various team-building activities.

“I hope that every camper meets new friends and has a fun, engaging and educationally-rigorous week on campus,” Hoefert said. “I hope every camper learns something new in every session he or she attends. Additionally, I hope each session inspires students to continue learning about these fascinating topics.”

Undergraduate education majors from the USD School of Education serve as camp counselors and help guide students throughout the week.

“Our camp counselors deserve a very special shoutout. They do a wonderful job building relationships with students and helping them have a great week at camp,” Hoefert said.
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