South Dakota

STEM South Dakota: Fossils to Neutrinos With Your Grandchild

Rock on! The geologically rich Mount Rushmore area is the week’s “laboratory” for you and your grandchild to dig into STEAMD and use your newfound knowledge to flourish as a team.
Program No. 23749RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
799 / CHILD

At a Glance

Want to understand the rock mechanics that carved Mount Rushmore and explore a lab that researches life on Mars? The geologically rich Black Hills is the learning lab for you and your grandchild during an adventure perfect for future engineers and paleontologists. Delve deeper into your grandchild’s interests as they prep for high school and beyond while learning the dynamite and blasting techniques that carved epic monuments, digging for fossils alongside paleontologists and so much more. Both in the classroom and in the field, gain exclusive access to the scientists, experts and gifted college students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and by week’s end, strengthen your bond during a summer you’ll never forget.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1 mile on varied terrain. Ability to maneuver in fossil excavating bone beds of sand. Walking through museums - some seating available. The ability to get on and off a motor coach. Some standing during interpretive lessons, project demonstrations and hands-on-experiments. Elevations up to 5,200 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At one of the top science and technology colleges in the U.S., apply hands-on rock crushing experiments, and learn from experts how Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse were carved.
  • Go behind the scenes at a mammoth digging site – which few people have access to – and learn how paleontologists search and care for fossils.
  • Cap the week by visiting Sanford Underground Laboratory and discover how the scientists are using cutting edge science and technology to learn more about neutrinos, dark matter and life on Mars.

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