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Girls’ Day offers middle school women taste of science and engineering
Release Date Tuesday, April 1, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 31, 2014) – Despite making up roughly half of the college-educated U.S. workforce, women are still vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. For the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Youth Programs, change begins in the classroom.

From 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, more than 200 area middle school girls will converge on campus for the ninth annual Girls’ Day and the opportunity to experience all STEM has to offer through hands-on activities, outreach and mentorship as Mines students share their experiences and advice.

Students will participate in five breakout sessions featuring blacksmithing, making an edible aquifer and saving Romeo and Juliet through mathematics. They will also hear from Molly Gribb, Ph.D., head and professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Professor Carter Kerk, Ph.D., and faculty members of the Department of Industrial Engineering, whose most recent graduating class was composed of 40 percent females. Kerk will also lie between two beds of nails as a concrete block is crushed on his chest. The demonstration will illustrate some of the scientific principles underlying safety engineering

Girls’ Day “shows what the School of Mines offers to budding STEMinists. Our goal of Girls’ Day is to show girls that they can be in and flourish in a STEM field,” said Shawna Delaney, program and curricula developer for Youth Programs/Continuing Education.

Youth Programs offers unique high-quality programming for the next generation of scientists and engineers, that is, today's elementary, middle and high school students, to turn young minds on to the astounding, challenging and fun worlds of science and engineering.


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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, on Facebook at and on Twitter at