Laine Parrish, Debbie O'Doan and Joe Royall-MeKeown teach students how to use GPS while searching for geocaches around Ft. Meade.
Black Hills State University education students and recent graduates will serve as the instructors for the Summer Exploration Institute which provides elementary through high school students the opportunity to explore the past and predict the future, while examining challenging problems to solve, and exploring perspectives.

” I am really excited to offer the institute for the third year. We appreciate the community and campus support and look forward to working with the students this year,” said Dr. Mary Jones, assistant professor in education and director of the Summer Exploration Institute.

The Summer Exploration Institute is designed to encourage creative and critical thinking skills in the familiar context of living in the Black Hills. The historical and contemporary links establish the importance of growth and expansion in reference to people, places and animals. Through discussions, hands-on activities and field trips, participants will view the Black Hills through a new perspective.

The program is offered July 8 -12 and available to children ages 7-16. The $40 fee covers all materials, a t-shirt, and transportation from BHSU to the exploration sites.

BHSU will be offering additional summer camps for middle and high school students on the following topics: business, art, drafting, history, science, music and photography.

For more information or to sign up for any of the academic summer camps go to www.BHSU.edu/summercamps or contact Hasina Ahmad at 605.642.6427 or Hasina.Ahmad@BHSU.edu.