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
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
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.
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.