CITY, S.D. (Feb. 5, 2014) – The 2014 National Engineers Week will be celebrated
at the School of Mines Feb. 18-22 and will feature events for university
students, hundreds of area middle school students and the general public alike.
many as 600 middle or high school students could converge on campus for tours
and demonstrations by academic departments, a visit to the Museum of Geology
and a NASA presentation. Additionally, several events are open to the general
public this year, including a first-ever Mines Myth Busters experiment, a magic
chemistry show, the NASA talk and a dodge ball fundraiser to benefit student
public is invited to Mines Myth Busters from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the
McKeel room of the Surbeck Center when Mines professors and students will not
just talk about curiosity-driven research, they’ll show it with hands-on
demonstrations. The event is free.
Corwin, Ph.D., of the physics department, Justin Meyer, Ph.D., of the chemistry
department, and Anthony Kulesa of the civil engineering department will present
myths and attempt to prove or disprove them with Mines’ signature twist of
public is also invited to the Thursday, Feb. 20, magic chemistry shows at 9
a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. They will be held in the lecture hall of the
Chemistry Building, room 2228, and will feature experiments involving chemicals
that create colorful smoke and flames.
Durkin, deputy director and outreach coordinator of the South Dakota Space
Grant Consortium headquartered at the School of Mines, will lead a
presentation, “Curious about Curiosity? NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mission,”
at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Surbeck Center ballroom.
new this year is a Saturday, Feb. 22, ASCE dodge ball tournament at 10 a.m. in
the King Center. The tournament is for four age brackets – elementary, middle
school, high school and adult – and is a fundraiser to help the Mines student
chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers raise funds to travel to the
2014 Regional Conference. Team entries are $30 for early registration or $45
for day-of registration. T-shirts are also being sold for $10. For details,
contact Ben Wolf at (308) 631-2618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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of the Engineer Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center
Myth Busters, 6-7 p.m., McKeel Room, Surbeck Center
Dakota Engineering Society Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center
& Miss Mines Pageant, 7 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center
& Science Day with between 400-600 middle and high school students visiting
the School of Mines campus for campus tours.
magic shows, open to the public, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m., lecture hall in
Chemistry Building, room 2228
in Engineering Concert, noon, Music Center
about Curiosity? NASA’s Mar Science Laboratory Mission Presentation by Tom Durkin,
1 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center
of Geology Open House, noon-4 p.m.
Goldberg Challenge, college and high school teams will engineer contraptions to
crush a can in at least 20 steps, public viewing at 3 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck
Center; sponsored by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air
Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) of the Black Hills.
Contest for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, 1 p.m., room 204,
dodge ball Tournament, 10 a.m., King Center
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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