Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SD Mines Celebrates 42nd Annual Engineers Week

The 2019 Engineers Week will be celebrated at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Feb. 19-23, with  free events for area students and the general public, as well as the university community.

The 2019 Engineers Week will be celebrated at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Feb. 19-23, with  free events for area students and the general public, as well as the university community.

The public is invited to Mines Myth Busters and Super Science from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. This event is so popular that it has outgrown the Mines campus and will be held at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City for the first time this year. The Mines Myth Busters will debunk or prove some of history’s most popular urban legends. Mines professors and students will talk about curiosity-driven research and present hands-on demonstrations. This event is free and open to all: the curious spectator, the serious scientist and everyone in between. Mines Myth Busters and Super Science is presented as a part of the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City’s 3rd Annual Family Series and supported by show sponsors US Bank and Rapid City Medical Center.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Youth in Science Rapid City hosts a free movie showing of Science Fair: What's the Big Idea? at the Elks Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:15 p.m. The film is hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends." Seating is limited for this first- come, first-serve event. Door prizes will also be given to some lucky attendees.

SD Mines will also host more than 500 middle and high school students for Engineering & Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 21. The day begins with demonstrations by academic departments held across campus and chemistry magic shows in room 2228 of the Chemistry Building from 9 a.m. to12 p.m. The shows will feature members of Mines’ Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences department, along with students from the American Chemical Society 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 “Remembering Apollo, 50 Years Later” 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 this year’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Highlights of E-Week follow. Click here for the full schedule.

Tuesday, Feb. 19:

Wednesday, Feb. 20:

Thursday, Feb. 21:

  • Department Tours and Chemistry Magic Shows, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Campus Wide.

  Music in Engineering Special Lunchtime Concert, 12-1 p.m., Music Center.  

  • NASA Presentation by Tom Durkin, 1-2 p.m., Ballroom, Surbeck Center.

  Museum of Geology, open all week, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 Friday, Feb. 22:

  •  Order of the Engineer Initiation, 3-4:30 p.m.; Ballroom, Surbeck Center (for graduating seniors only). Click here for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 23:

  •   Math Counts Contest, 12 p.m., Room 204, Classroom Building. Click here for more information.

  Here is a campus map for help finding the locations of the events listed above.



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.