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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( June 28, 1999)
SDSM& T TO HOST ACADEMIC GAMES
The Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership’s ( SKILLS) annual academic games will take place Thursday, July 1 at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T). SKILL is a program supported by SDSM& T that teaches young American Indians the skills and confidence necessary to attend and graduate from college. The program 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.”
Over 60 students have been participating in a Four- Week Residential Program designed to enhance the student’s interest in science, technology, and mathematics. The program began June 6 and will conclude July 2 with a closing ceremony. During the four- week program students have been involved in classes covering subjects from physics, chemistry, and biology to communications, and study skills.
“ The academic games are a way students can check on their abilities to process information they have learned during the four- week program and learn ways to apply it in other areas,” said Heather Schilling, SKILL Director.
The academic games will begin at 8: 00 am in Classroom Building 204. Activities will include knowledge bowl, balloon launching ( water balloons), bridge breaking, and a floating boat activity. The activities will conclude at 12: 00 noon.
Closing ceremonies for the Four- Week Residential Program will be held Friday, July 2 at 10: 00 am. Each student will be recognized for his/ her participation in the SKILL program.
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