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( January 7, 1999)
SDSM& T STUDENT FROM FARGO DEMONSTRATES “ BIG BANG” PROPERTIES OF HYDROGEN GAS TO GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Brian Picard of Fargo, a 1995 graduate of Shanley High School and a junior chemistry major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), was a big hit when he recently presented his “ Big Bang” demonstration to fourth and fifth grade students in Rapid City. As part of their SDSM& T Chemistry Outreach class, Picard and several other students featured some of the magical properties of chemistry in a program presented to Robbinsdale Elementary School students.
Dressed in a mad scientist lab coat, Picard demonstrated the explosive properties of hydrogen gas. He used a potato chip can to simulate what happens to a rocket similar to the lift- off of the space shuttle.
The program was enthusiastically received by the grade school students and their teachers. “ This has been a wonderful exposure to science for our students,” said Sheila Johnson, teacher at Robbinsdale Elementary School. “ We’ve all learned a lot.”
ChemOutreach 228 is a new course at SDSM& T that is an integrated class of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors working collectively and with each other. Coordinators of the class are Dr. David Boyles, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Steve McDowell, Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemistry.
Picard and the other chemistry students will be presenting their demonstrations again to area K- 12 students during a special Engineers Week program entitled “ The Miracles of Chemistry” at 11: 00 am, Friday, February 26, 1999, in the Surbeck Ballroom.
Photo Caption: Brian Picard of Fargo answers a question from a grade school student after demonstrating the explosive properties of hydrogen gas. ( Photo courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations)
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