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The South Dakota Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduates Program (SD GEAR UP) hosted a four-week summer camp in June 2013 at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in Rapid City, S.D.  The summer camp used a teaching module based program using submarines as a platform to teach science engineering concepts to students from underrepresented groups.

Sunlight is widely regarded as the most abundant energy source on Earth.  It is clean, free, renewable, and it depletes no fossil fuels.For these reasons, scientists have spent many years developing ways to convert sunlight into a usable form of energy.  Current methods of conversion, however, are inefficient and expensive. Researchers at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion are working on the next generation of solar energy applications. They have developed a method to use visible light for hydrogen fuel production.

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