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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2000
23RD ANNUAL NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK BEGINS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18!
It’s that time again when Engineer’s Week takes over the campus of The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology! SD Tech has scheduled a wide variety of special activities and programs to celebrate the 23rd Annual National Engineers Week February 20- 26, 2000 with the first event beginning Friday, February 18. The engineers and scientists at the School of Mines have joined forces with the practicing engineers of the Black Hills Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society, scientists and K- 12 teachers to show “ Engineers Make a World of Difference.”
Bridge Strength Testing will kick off the week- long event on Friday in the Physical Plant building on the Tech campus. SDSM& T students, technicians and faculty will test the maximum load of the cardboard bridges built by junior and senior high school students. Testing of the bridges will begin at 2: 15 pm in the Physical Plant Building.
On Wednesday, February 23 Colloquium Speaker Dr. Daniel Turner from the University of Alabama will be giving a talk entitled “ The World’s Oldest Civil Engineering Professor.” Dr. Turner will be speaking to middle school students at 9: 30 am, and with high school, SDSM& T students, and the public at 3: 00 pm. Both discussions will be held in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
Mayor Jim Shaw will read his Engineers Week Proclamation on Thursday, February 24 during a lunch program held in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. The luncheon will also recognize SDSM& T’s 2000 Outstanding Recent Graduates and initiate new members into the Order of the Engineer. The program begins at 11: 00 am.
Engineers Week will conclude on Saturday, February 26 with the Computer Programming Contest for high school students. The contest will take place from 9: 30 am – 3: 30 pm and will be held in the Electrical Engineering/ Physics Building, Room 342. West River Area 7th and 8th graders will also be getting into the action when they compete in the Mathcounts competition at 1: 00 pm in the Classroom Building, room 204. Mathcounts is sponsored by the South Dakota Engineering Society, Black Hills Chapter.
A complete schedule of events for the 23rd Annual National Engineers Week is as follows:
Friday, February 18 Bridge Strength Testing, 2: 15 pm - Physical Plant Building
Saturday, February 19 Kid’s Block Contest, 10: 00 am - Surbeck Ballroom
Tuesday, February 22 Buffet Luncheon, 11: 30 am - Surbeck Ballroom
SDES Forum, 12: 00 pm - Surbeck Ballroom
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Tuesday, February 22 Rube Goldberg Contest, 3: 00- 5: 00 pm - Surbeck Ballroom
Wednesday, February 23 Dr. Dan Turner, University of Alabama, Speaker
“ The World’s Oldest Civil Engineering Professor”
9: 30 am, Middle School Students - Surbeck Ballroom
3: 00 pm, SDSM& T and High School Students – Surbeck Ballroom
Thursday, February 24 Recognition of Outstanding Recent Graduates, Mayor Jim Shaw – Proclamation of Engineers Week, Order of the Engineer Initiation Luncheon, 11: 00 am – 1: 00 pm - Surbeck Ballroom
Friday, February 25 “ The Miracles of Chemistry – Part II”
9: 00, 10: 00, and 11: 00 am - Surbeck Ballroom
Open House Display/ Experiments
10: 00 am – 2: 00 pm - Participating Departments
“ Grubby Number One” Contest, 1: 00 – 3: 00 pm - Surbeck Snack Bar
Annual Engineers Week Social, 6: 00 pm - Ramkota Hotel
Annual Engineers Week Banquet, 6: 30 pm - Ramkota Hotel
Saturday, February 26 Computer Programming Contest
9: 30 am – 3: 30 pm - Electrical/ Physics Building, Room 342
1: 00 pm - Classroom Building, Room 204
The public is welcome to attend any of the Engineers Week programs at SDSM& T. There is no charge for any of the activities except the Thursday luncheon and Friday banquet events for which reservations are required. Reservations are required to attend Kid’s Block Contest on February 19. For additional information, or to make reservations, contact the SDSM& T Vice President’s Office at 394- 2256.
Media Note: Events that provide good visual opportunities include the Bridge Strength Testing – February 18; Kid’s Block Contest – February 19; Rube Goldberg Contest – February 22; and The Miracles of Chemistry Part II – February 25.
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