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SDSM&T Youth Programs launches Winter Science Series for area students
Release Date Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 15, 2014) – Youth Programs at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is offering a Winter Science Series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings throughout February. The cost is $10 per session, and the series will take place in the Classroom Building, third through fifth graders in room 204E and sixth through eighth graders in room 204W.

Students in the third through fifth grades can create a spacecraft designed to beat the heat on Mercury and Venus, learn about ocean and freshwater currents, protect their town from a landslide and perform experiments to discover the properties of air.

Sixth through eighth grade students will become NASA engineers, recreating the Mars rover landing, or use benzoic acid to create a blizzard of epic proportions. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the forces behind hockey with a chance to design a new and improved puck and determine viscosity rates of different types of milk as the liquids race across the finish line.

Grades 3-5 

Landslide Engineering , Feb. 6

Watch out for the landslide! By creating your own small-scale model of a town, you will learn about landslides and the effect they have on different structures. You will then be an engineer and hero to discover how you can protect your town from a landslide!

Wild Waterways , Feb. 13

In Wild Waterways you will get the chance to learn about water currents, and how they can take you for a crazy ride! You will also get a chance to learn about the difference between water in the ocean and freshwater throughout the planet through different engineering experiments.

Are you There, Air? , Feb. 20

After performing several different experiments, you will get the chance to learn about the properties of air and see them first-hand! Air, are you really there?!

Scorching Space: Spacecraft Design , Feb. 27

Be an engineer and create your own spacecraft that can beat the heat found on Mercury and Venus! Using a simulation, you will create your own spacecraft filled with valuable computer components. Make sure your spacecraft can survive the elements on planets such as Mercury and Venus and keep the vital information safe!

Grades 6-8

Hockey Engineering , Feb. 6
Have you ever wondered what makes a hockey puck move? In Hockey Engineering, you will learn about the forces behind this winter sport and get a chance to design a new and improved puck!

Blizzard in a Jar , Feb. 13

It’s cold outside, but have you ever thought about creating your own blizzard inside? Through the use of benzoic acid, you will have an opportunity to create your own blizzard in a jar!

Milk Moo-vement , Feb. 20

On your marks, get set, GO! It’s a race for the finish line when you test different types of milk to determine their viscosity rate. Based on your new knowledge of viscosity you will identify the unknown substances as they race across the finish line. Which type of milk ‘moo’ves the fastest?!

Don’t Break the Egg , Feb. 27

You will get the chance to act as an engineer for NASA to recreate the Mars rover landing. Using an egg and simple materials, you will design a lander that can survive the impact of landing on Mars. Remember, don’t break the egg!

For more information, contact Youth Programs at (605) 394-2693 or


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