Office of University Relations
SDSM& T News
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Phone: ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554 • Fax: ( 605) 394- 6177
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( June 3, 1999)
SDSM& T’S SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE FOR INDIAN LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN SOUTH DAKOTA AND BEYOND
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) supports a program that teaches young American Indians the skills and confidence necessary to attend and graduate from college. Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership ( SKILL) is a program supported by SDSM& T that has a mission “ to develop and support academic training emphasizing mathematics, science and engineering to enable minority students ( principally American Indians) to enroll in and graduate from post- secondary institutions." The SKILL program is an effort by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to help this nation overcome an expected shortage of professionals in math and science fields.
Beginning Sunday, June 6, SDSM& T will host approximately 75 high school students who will be participating in SKILL’s Four- Week Residential Program. The program is designed to enhance the student’s interest in science, technology, and mathematics. The students will be involved in classes covering subjects from physics, chemistry, and biology to communications, and study skills.
Students in chemistry will be studying fuel materials as they relate to NASA propulsion issues. They will design rocket fuels and will test their designs using smaller scale models. Students will learn to calculate height, speed, and wind directions, and will document their variables and identify the controls.
Each Tuesday students will be participating in Academic Games that will allow them to use and increase their academic and applied knowledge. Activities planned include:
- June 8 & 10, 11: 00 am – 12 noon: Bob Riggio will be presenting meteorology
- June 15 & 17, 11: 00 am- 12 noon: Kata McCarville, Director Instructional Technology Services at SDSM& T, will be presenting geology
- June 17, 1: 00 – 4: 00 pm: Kata McCarville, Director of Instructional Technology Services at SDSM& T, will lead a field trip for hands- on experience in geology
- June 24, 1: 00 – 4: 00 pm: Dr. Scott Kenner, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Bruce Berdanier, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be leading an environmental field trip
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Dr. Theodore Gull from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) will be
giving presentations in astronomy during the third week of the program. Overseeing the instruction for the various classes and activities will include three professors from Tech, one professor from Black Hills State University, two teachers from North Junior High, one teacher from New York, and two from Oglala Lakota College. Participating from Tech are Dr. Steven McDowell who will serve as an instructor for Chemistry and Academic Games; Dr. Robert Corey who will serve as an instructor for Physics; and Dr. Robin Lipke who will serve as an instructor for Team Building.
Closing ceremonies for the Four- Week Residential Program will take place on July 2 from 11: 00 am – 2: 00 pm. For further information on the closing ceremonies or activities planned throughout the program, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at 394- 2554/ 6082.
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