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( January 7, 1999)
SDSM& T STUDENT FROM MARTIN DEMONSTRATES FLAMMABLE “ GUN COTTON” TO GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Jennifer Dirks of Martin, a junior chemistry major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), was a big hit when she recently presented her flammable “ Gun Cotton” demonstration to fourth and fifth grade students in Rapid City. As part of their SDSM& T Chemistry Outreach class, Dirks and several other students featured some of the magical properties of chemistry in a program presented to Robbinsdale Elementary School students.
Dirks demonstrated how quickly the cotton would ignite and burst into flames when a certain chemical solution was applied to it. 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.
Dirks 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. Additional information about participating in Engineers Week activities can be obtained by calling the SDSM& T Vice President’s Office at 394- 2256.
Photo Caption: Jennifer Dirks of Martin demonstrates how quickly the cotton would ignite and burst into flames after being treated with a certain chemical solution. ( Photo courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations)
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