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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( January 14, 1999)
AREA STUDENTS COMPETE IN SDSM& T BUNGEE EGG DROP COMPETITION
Area students who recently competed in the bungee egg drop competition at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) include Gary Jongewaard and Luke Jordan, Wagner; Tyler Moeller, Letcher; and Scott Robertson, Mitchell. Graduates of Wagner High School, Jongewaard and Jordan are freshman mechanical and electrical engineering students respectively at South Dakota Tech. Moeller is a freshman industrial engineering student and Robertson is majoring in computer engineering.
Nine freshman engineering teams competed during halftime of a recent basketball game to see whose bungee design project would drop an egg 20 feet and come as close to the gym floor as possible without touching the floor. The bungee egg drop design project is a part of SDSM& T’s innovative Professional Practices in Engineering and Science ( PPES) program designed to restructure the freshman experience so that engineering and science education take on a more holistic approach to the educational process.
The team members worked on determining the engineering and physics concepts behind the design of a support harness and bungee cord attachment that would achieve the egg drop objectives. The students incorporated three- dimensional graphics, computer programming and spreadsheet modeling as part of their overall design projects.
SDSM& T faculty members involved with the PPES project include Dr. Stuart Kellogg, Pietz Associate Professor and Coordinator of Industrial Engineering; Dr. Jon Kellar, Associate Professor of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering; and Dr. Stanley Howard, Chair and Professor of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering.
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