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Release Date Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SD Mines Celebrates 43rd Annual Engineers Week

South Dakota Mines students in the American Chemical Society use a liquid nitrogen cannon during the 2019 performance of Mines Myth Busters at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City. Mines Myth Busters will return this year at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.


The 2020 Engineers Week will be celebrated at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Feb. 18-22, with free events for campus community, area students, and the general public.

The public is invited to STEAM Café: Myth Busters Edition from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. This event is so popular that it has outgrown the Mines campus and will be held at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City. This event will feature an explosive presentation by faculty and students from the university’s chapter of the American Chemical Society. This event is free and open to all and is presented as a part of the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City’s 4th Annual Family Series.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Youth in Science Rapid City hosts a free movie showing of Dream Big at the Elks Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 6 p.m. The film is hailed by critics for doing an “epic job of inspiring viewers,” and for offering “a fresh perspective on what it means to be an engineer.” Seating is limited for this first-come, first-serve event. Door prizes will also be given thanks to generous donations from local STEM supporters.

SD Mines will also host more than 600 middle and high school students for Engineering & Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 20. The day begins with demonstrations by academic departments held across campus and chemistry magic shows in the Surbeck Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The magic shows will feature members of Mines’ chemistry, biology, and health sciences department, along with students from the American Chemical Society, who will be conducting exciting experiments that create colorful smoke and flames.

Engineering & Science Day also includes a special lunchtime concert, “Music in Engineering,” from 12-1 p.m. in the Music Center followed by the presentation “Houston, We've Had a Problem: The Amazing Story of Apollo 13” from 1-2 p.m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. This presentation by Tom Durkin from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium will focus on one of the most remarkable rescue missions in history.

Click here for the full Engineers Week schedule. Here is a campus map for help finding the locations of the events on the Mines campus during Engineers Week.



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Sep. 18, 2021 - Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Various Locations
Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
March Dake Plaza
Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Rapid City
Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2021
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.