CITY, S.D. (March 5, 2014) – Erupting volcanoes? That’s practically elementary
compared to today’s science fair entries. The public will get to see mini
recreations of thermal wonders and more at the 59th annual High
Plains Science Fair hosted by the School of Mines on Friday, March 21.
year’s projects presented by more than 250 middle and high school students from
throughout western South Dakota and the Newcastle, Wyo., area tackle topics
such as how to make aircraft invisible to radar and the microevolution of Bacillus subtilis in response to
the best and brightest young scientific minds, entries span all engineering
disciplines, as well as the biological, physical and social sciences, according
to Shawna Delaney, Youth Programs director.
year’s fair attracted the likes of Conrad Farnsworth of Newcastle, Wyo., who
went on to receive international attention for the nuclear fusion reactor he
built in his parents’ garage. Farnsworth, who won last year’s fair, is believed
to be among just a handful of high school students in the world to have
achieved nuclear fusion. Now an electrical engineering major at the School of
Mines, and with his reactor safely housed in a campus laboratory, Farnsworth is
expanding his research horizons.
will speak about his experience with the Mines science fair and the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at the afternoon award
encouragement and support provided to all students by their parents and science
teachers is crucial in developing the desire and skills to prepare a project
for the fair. Behind the scenes, many of the SDSM&T faculty and staff are
working hard to ensure that each year the science fair is a success and that
all student participants have a unique experience that will inspire them to
choose a profession in science or engineering for their future,” said Donna
Kliche, Ph.D., Mines Institute of Atmospheric Sciences faculty
member and co-chair of the science fair committee.
stakes are high, with the overall winner in the senior division (high school) and
his or her teacher receiving an all-expense paid trip to present their project
at the international fair in Los Angeles in May. Additionally, an 8th-10th
grade student and their teacher will be selected to travel to the ISEF and participate
as a student observer.
to the international fair for the senior winning team will be sponsored by the
School of Mines, while travel for the student observer team will be sponsored
by South Dakota EPSCoR. Both the senior winner and student observer will
present their projects at the state EPSCoR conference in May.
judges are being sought for the March 21 fair to be held on campus. Anyone
interested in judging or volunteering to assist with set-up, student check-in and
other needs may do so at www.sdsmt.edu/sciencefair. No prior
judging experience is required, guides are provided to assist with judging.
fair will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Surbeck Center ballroom and King Center.
The public is invited to view entries from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and attend the 2:30
p.m. award ceremony in the King Center.
addition to the prizes offered for each category, students are also able to win
special awards which are provided by many professional organizations.
in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and
engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640
students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of
14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent
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