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BOR SUMMARY ( July 10, 1998)
NASA EDUCATION SPECIALIST TO PRESENT AEROSPACE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS AT SDSM& T JULY 13 & 15
NASA Education Specialist Pam Christol will present a two- day, hands- on teachers workshop July 13 and 15 on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus. The workshop will focus on using aerospace/ aeronautics as the platform for integrating math, science and technology in a curriculum plan for any K- 12 classroom. The workshop will run from 8: 00 a. m. to 4: 00 p. m. and will be held in the Surbeck Center Bump Lounge on the SDSM& T campus.
The workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium ( SDSGC) and is an extension of the aerospace curriculum workshop held June 22- 23 at SDSM& T for K- 12 teachers and youth organization personnel. The extended workshop is open to both participants in the June session and also new applicants. The curriculum resources available to teachers taking the July workshop include materials not offered in June, such as the NASA lunar samples certification and computer lab exercises for CD- Roms and NASA Space Link.
The workshop costs $ 75 if taken for college credit ( one credit) or $ 25 for non- credit or certification renewal. The registration deadline is July 10, 1998. To register or obtain additional information, contact Linda Allen, SDSGC Outreach Coordinator, at 394- 1975.
SDSM& T TO HOST TEACHER INSTITUTE ON ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) is hosting an Advanced Placement Institute on English Literature and Composition for teachers the week of June 21- 26, 1998. The institute will be taught by Dr. Kathy Antonen, SDSM& T Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, an AP consultant from Joplin, Missouri.
The institute is designed to provide high school English teachers with the content, teaching approaches and information to prepare high school students for the Advanced Placement ( AP) examinations. SDSM& T is hosting the institute as part of its outreach activities in providing linkages to K- 12 teachers. Enrollment at each institute is limited to 25 participants. Two hours of graduate credit are optional.
The weeklong institute at SDSM& T is one of four AP institutes being offered by the South Dakota Board of Regents in response to requests from high school teachers. Additional AP institutes being offered at other South Dakota institutions include: Economics ( University of South Dakota, June 14- 19); Calculus ( South Dakota State University, June 21- 26); and U. S. History ( Northern State University, July 12- 17).
AP exams are offered nationally in May of each year. In 1997, 16% of South Dakota high schools offered AP preparation and 882 South Dakota students took 1,165 AP exams. To register for the AP English Institute, contact Dr. Karen Whitehead, SDSM& T Vice President for Academic Affairs, 394- 2256 ( email: kwhitehe@ silver. sdsmt. edu). Information on the other AP institutes can be obtained by contacting the South Dakota Board of Regents at ( 605) 773- 3455 ( email: info@ bor. state. sd. us).
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO DIG FOR JURASSIC- ERA DINOSAUR FOSSILS NEAR SUNDANCE
The SDSM& T Museum of Geology will excavate for Jurassic- era dinosaurs and primitive mammals this month at an important paleontological site along Interstate I- 90 near Sundance, WY. Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, will lead two sessions, each two weeks in length. The first field session runs from July 6 to 17. A second session follow from July 20 - 31.
These field digs will focus on excavating adult and juvenile Allosaurus fossils that have been located at this site. Allosaurus, which means strange lizard, was a flesh- eating dinosaur from the Jurassic age ( 150 million years ago). Allosaurs were approximately 36 feet long and walked semi- upright on their hind legs. The teeth of Allosaurus are somewhat knife- like in contrast to the rounder teeth in its younger relative, Tyrannosaurus rex.
SDSM& T’s field paleontology program attracts students, teachers and others from across the nation each summer. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis. To register for SDSM& T field digs or obtain additional information, individuals should contact Dr. Philip Bjork, SDSM& T Museum of Geology, at 1- 800- 544- 8162
EARTH MAGAZINE DONATES COLORADO COOK’S CULINARY SERVICES FOR
SDSM& T FIELD FOSSIL DIG IN BENNETT COUNTY JULY 13- 24
EARTH Magazine has donated the culinary services of a Colorado cook for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology field paleontology dig scheduled for July 13- 24 in Bennett County. Pat Monaco of Monaco’s Movable Meals, Wetmore, CO, will prepare the meals on- site at the “ Miocene Vertebrates of Flint Hill” field dig that will be directed by Dr. James E. Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Carrie L. Herbel, Collections Manager and Preparator, for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology.
Pat Monaco, who is a registered nurse, is very active in the Garden Park, Colorado, paleontology group. During a recent Society of Vertebrate Paleontology ( SVP) fundraising auction to benefit the SVP’s education fund, Monaco offered to donate her culinary services for a field paleo dig. EARTH Magazine purchased Monaco’s catering services at the SVP auction and held a contest to determine who would receive Monaco’s catering services. Based on the results of that contest, EARTH Magazine decided to donate her field dig cooking package to the SDSM& T Museum of Geology. Monaco’s motto on her business card ~ “ Finer Field Foods and Fossiling” ~ underscores her passion for paleo field digs and cooking.
SDSM& T���s field paleontology program attracts students, teachers, fossil enthusiasts and others from across the nation each summer. The public can participate on a limited, space- available basis with the option of receiving academic credit. To register for SDSM& T field digs or obtain additional information, individuals should contact Dr. Philip Bjork, SDSM& T Museum of Geology, at 1- 800- 544- 8162, ext. 2467, or email: pbjork@ msmailgw. sdsmt. edu.
NATIONAL CONCRETE CELEBRITY CANOE RACE TO BE HELD SATURDAY /
MASTER BUILDERS TO DONATE $ 500 TO UNITED WAY OF THE BLACK HILLS
A celebrity canoe race will be held over the noon hour on Saturday, June 20, at Canyon Lake during the 1998 National Concrete Canoe Competition being hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). Participants in the celebrity canoe race confirmed to date include SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce President Jim McKeon, and KEVN- Fox 7 Sports Director Jack Caudill.
Master Builders, Inc. will present a $ 500 contribution to United Way of the Black Hills to the winner of the celebrity canoe race. Master Builders sponsors the National Concrete Canoe Competition in conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE).
Prior to the celebrity canoe race on Saturday, men’s, women’s and coed teams from 22 universities will compete in the distance and qualifying sprint canoe races at Canyon Lake. The sprint race finals begin at 1: 30 p. m. on Saturday. The 11th Annual ASCE/ MTB National Concrete Canoe Competition will conclude Saturday evening with an awards banquet at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.
SDSM& T TO HOST AND ALSO COMPETE IN 1998 NATIONAL CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION JUNE 18- 20 IN RAPID CITY
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host and compete in the 1998 National Concrete Canoe Competition June 18- 20 in Rapid City. Twenty- two university teams from across the United States and Canada are scheduled to compete— including both SDSM& T and South Dakota State University for the first time!
SDSM& T has competed in nine of the eleven national competitions and won the national title in 1995. With an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, SDSM& T is the smallest university competing in this year’s competition and will be competing against larger universities such as the Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the University of Washington.
Sponsored by Master Builders, Inc. and the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE), the 11th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition is expected to draw several hundred people to the Black Hills. Over 200 teams competed in regional run- offs this spring to earn a berth in the national competition.
The competition begins with display and canoe judging on Thursday at the SDSM& T campus. The flotation tests will be held Friday at Memorial Park, with academic presentations taking place throughout the day at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. The canoe teams will compete in distance and qualifying sprint races at Canyon Lake on Saturday morning, followed by sprint race finals that afternoon.
A celebrity canoe race will be held over the noon hour on Saturday at Canyon Lake. Participants confirmed to date include SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce President Jim McKeon, and KEVN- Fox 7 Sports Director Jack Caudill. Master Builders, Inc. present a $ 500 contribution to United Way of the Black Hills to the winner of the celebrity canoe race. The competition will wrap up Saturday evening with an awards banquet at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.
Members of SDSM& T’s concrete canoe team include: Paddlers: Richard Anderson, Rapid City; Casey Einrem, Avon; Jessica Gould, Rapid City; Ryan Koontz, Sturgis; Corey Lang, Arvada CO; Emily Schaffer, Aberdeen; Crissy Shear, Belle Fourche; Rhaub Walker, Rapid City; Josh Warren, Sheridan WY; Canoe co- chairs: Dana Foreman, Winner; Erick Lindman, Grand Rapids MN; Canoe Paper Presentation: Mark Mutziger, Yankton; and Display: Sara and Shane Trautman, Spearfish. Charlie Baker of Sturgis serves as Student ASCE Chapter President and Dr. Scott Kenner, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, serves as faculty advisor. SDSM& T’s canoe is named “ Peacemaker”.
13 SOUTH DAKOTA STUDENTS TO GRADUATE FROM SDSM& T’S SKILL NASA HONORS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY, JULY 2 Thirteen South Dakota students will graduate from the NASA Honors Program hosted by SDSM& T’s Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership ( SKILL) on Thursday, July 2, 1998. The graduation ceremony will be held at 11: 00 a. m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom on the SDSM& T campus. Speakers include Dr. John Haas, Vice President of Oglala Lakota College, and Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. Projects completed by this year’s students will be displayed from 10: 00- 11: 00 a. m. in the Surbeck Ballroom prior to the graduation ceremony.
SKILL’s NASA Honors Program is a four- year summer residential program on the South Dakota Tech campus that involves 75 students annually. Each summer the students return for a four- week session at SDSM& T that provides academic training in mathematics, science and engineering. Younger students in the NASA Honors Program have the opportunity to return in future summers until they have completed the four- year program. American Indian girls have comprised 70% of the students entering SKILL’s NASA Honors Program. The 1998 graduating class contains 37% returning SKILL students from previous years. Three- fourths of the 1998 graduates are females.
SKILL focuses on fostering interest by minority students, principally Native Americans, in pursuing careers in mathematics, science and engineering. The SKILL program is an effort by SDSM& T to help overcome an expected shortage of professionals in math and science fields. Now in its eighth year, SKILL provides a wide range of programming for students from grade school through high school, including research opportunities, tutorial assistance, classroom curriculum and academic summer programs. Beginning with an elementary program in 1989, SKILL has reached over 3,000 American Indian students. Every student who has participated in SKILL’s NASA Honors Program has remained in school! Last fall SKILL received the 1997 National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
The members of the 1998 SKILL NASA Honors Program graduating class include: Jessica Boehrs and Amy Flying By, Cheyenne- Eagle Butte High School; Melissa Fox, Custer High School; Kristina Gray, Little Wound High School; Kylee Estes, Lower Brule High School; Amanda Carlow, Trina Keith, Marlin Kingi and Nicole Weston, Pine Ridge High School; Kenneth Baker, Michael Green, Aelgifa Hong- Rudy, and Heidi Peterson; Rapid City Central High School.
Students interested in obtaining information about participating in the SKILL Honors Program in future years should call SDSM& T’s SKILL Program at 394- 1828.
SDSM& T MUSEUM IN MOTION OFFERS FUN HANDS- ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
The SDSM& T Museum in Motion features many hands- on science and engineering exhibits for children of all ages. Located in the Old Gym on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus, the museum is open 9: 00 a. m. to 4: 00 p. m. Monday through Saturday through Labor Day. ( The Old Gym is directly east of the building in which the Museum of Geology is located on the Tech campus.)
The Museum in Motion exhibits explain some of the laws of nature and basic principles of science. Visitors can learn while they play as they blow six- foot bubbles, experience optical illusions, stand inside a giant bubble machine, see themselves in a giant kaleidoscope, operate a large sand pendulum, and design patterns with a giant harmonograph that generates 3- D drawings.
“ Magic School Bus” sessions are offered Tuesday and Thursdays from 10: 00- 11: 00 a. m. The cost is $ 5. Special “ Make and Take” activities also are offered at 10: 00 a. m. and 1: 00 p. m.
Admission is $ 2 per person or $ 10 maximum for a family. Special rates for non- profit organizations and child care provider rates are available. For additional information or to register for the special programs, call 394- 6996.
SDSM& T MUSEUM IN MOTION OFFERS SPECIAL “ MAKE YOUR OWN NOISEMAKERS” ACTIVITIES NEXT WEEK
The hands- on children’s Museum in Motion, will offer special “ Make Your Own Noisemakers” activities next week in celebration of the July 4th holiday. The special sessions will be held Tuesday, June 30, and Thursday, July 2, from 10: 00 - 11: 00 a. m. The cost is $ 5.
The Museum in Motion is located in the Old Gym ( next to the Museum of Geology) on the South Dakota Tech campus. Hours are 9: 00 a. m. to 4: 00 p. m. Monday through Saturday. Designed to make learning about science fun for children of all ages, the Museum features many hands- on science and engineering exhibits. Examples include optical illusions, a six- foot bubble machine, a giant kaleidoscope, a sand pendulum, and a large harmonograph that generates 3- D drawings.
Admission is $ 2 per person or $ 10 maximum for a family. Special rates are non- profit organizations and child care provider rates are available. For additional information or to register for the “ Make Your Own Noisemaker” programs, call 394- 6996.
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