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( March 9, 1999)
SOUTH DAKOTA SPACE DAY ‘ 99 TO BE HELD APRIL 23 IN SPEARFISH
The 5th Annual South Dakota Space Day will be held Friday, April 23, 1999, at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. The theme for this year’s event, which is organized by the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium ( SDSGC), is “ NASA and the Environment: Where Earth and Space Meet.”
The keynote speaker for South Dakota Space Day ’ 99 will be Roger Zwieg, a NASA senior research pilot who is a native of Watertown. The purpose of Space Day is to provide hands- on interactive demonstrations to create excitement and interest in math, science, technology and the environment for all those who participate, as well as create an awareness of industry and educational resources available in South Dakota. Educational programs and exhibits will cover various topics that correlate NASA space programs to life on earth. Featured displays will include an Apollo EMU space suit, “ Food for Space”, and simulated moon rocks.
Based on previous attendance at Space Day events, over 2000 students of all K- 12 grade levels are expected to participate in Space Day ’ 99. Approximately13,000 students have attended previous Space Day activities over the past four years. This year’s event is sponsored by Black Hills FiberCom, Black Hills Corporation's new telecommunications subsidiary, which will be providing a full suite of communications services to Rapid City and the Northern Black Hills beginning this summer.
Space Day is an outreach education project of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium ( SDSGC), which is supported in part by a grant from NASA. Black Hills State University, an SDSGC educational affiliate, is hosting this year’s event. SDSGC members include the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), South Dakota State University, Augustana College, and the EROS Data Center. Industrial affiliates are Horizon’s Inc., Rapid City; Raven Industries, Sioux Falls; and Raytheon STX, Sioux Falls. Educational affiliates include Black Hills State University, Cheyenne River Community College, Lower Brule Community College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Science Linkages in the Community ( SLIC), Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning & Leadership ( SKILL), South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium, and the Teaching SMART program of Girls Inc., Rapid City.
Dr. Sherry Farwell, SDSM& T Dean of Graduate Education & Sponsored Programs, is director of the SDSGC, whose office is located on the SDSM& T campus. For additional information, contact Linda Allen, South Dakota Space Day Chair, or Annmarie Merager, SDSGC Outreach Coordinator, at 394- 1975.
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