RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 3, 2013) – The Museum of Geology will celebrate Earth Science Week and Fossil Day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with rock and fossil identifications at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring an item they would like to have identified by student volunteers and museum staff.
Throughout the week of Oct. 14-19, the museum will have activities revolving around Earth Week and this year’s theme “Mapping Our World,” including examples of maps and a hands-on mapping activity.
“We are always looking for more outreach activities, and this seemed like an ideal fit for the museum,” said Program Assistant II Samantha Hustoft, adding that the student chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Paleontology Club will be involved in the identifications. This is the first time the museum will host an event for Fossil Day.
The Museum of Geology is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Founded 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 placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.