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February 5, 2002
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager 394- 6082
Zoom Into National Engineers Week
Protecting our state and nation from terrorism and designing a complicated way to raise an American flag join a full slate of interesting programs during the 25th Engineers Week at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Activities begin Friday, Feb. 15, and continue through Friday, Feb. 22. “ Zoom Into Engineering” is the theme for this year’s celebration.
Many of the events are open to the public. The schedule:
Friday, Feb. 15
Bridge Building Contest
4 p. m. Feb. 13 – entry deadline
2: 15 p. m. Feb. 15 – bridge strength testing: Civil Mechanical Building
Tech students, technicians, and faculty will test the maximum load of cardboard bridges built by junior and senior high school students. Call 394- 2256 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Kids’ Block Contest
10 a. m. – Surbeck Center Ballroom
Children, grades 1 through 6 compete at engineering a specified building project, using only interlocking building blocks and their imagination. Pre- registration is required. Call 342- 0425 to register.
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Tuesday Forum – “ Engineering and Home Land Security” – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11: 30 a. m. - 1 p. m. - Surbeck Center, Bump Lounge
Two Rapid City engineers will talk about protecting dams from terrorist attack and about new abilities to detect anthrax in buildings. The forum will include a question and answer session.
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
3 p. m. - 5 p. m. - Surbeck Center Ballroom
The object is to build a machine to accomplish the assigned duty ( secure, raise, and wave out national flag) in the most inefficient way using 20 steps or more. Call 394- 2343 to register.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
“ Around the World in 45 Minutes” – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
9: 30 a. m. – Middle and High School Students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
Tech professor Dr. Lee Vierling will lead participants on an exploration of the world’s changing environment. They will learn why changes in distant countries affect the air we breathe and the choices we make every day. Travel 15,000 miles to explore the Earth’s changes.
“ Air Farming” – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4 p. m. – High School and Tech Students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
Tech professor Dr. Pat Zimmerman will explain how the biology of the Earth and the composition of the atmosphere are intimately intertwined. Substances produced at the Earth’s surface affect the ability of the atmosphere to cleanse air. Zimmerman will talk about his research in the Amazon, in Congo, and in South Dakota.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Recognition of Outstanding Graduates/ Initiation into the
Order of the Engineer
11 a. m. – Surbeck Center Ballroom
Rapid City Mayor Jerry Munson will give the Engineers Week Proclamation. Selected Tech alumni who graduated 10 years ago will be honored for their outstanding professional and civic achievements since their graduation. Initiates into the Order of the Engineer will be presented with rings and certificates of membership.
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Friday, Feb. 22
“ Cool Chemistry, Hot Show”
9 a. m., 10 a. m., and 11 a. m. presentations – Surbeck Center Ballroom
Engineer’s Week presentations for middle school students. Tech students and faculty will demonstrate why chemistry is cool with exploding cotton and other neat experiments. Reservations required. Call 394- 2256 to register.
See Engineering and Science at Work at Tech
10 a. m. - 2 p. m.
Various departments will have displays, experiments, and interactive games to entertain and show “ how things work” using everyday items such as dirt, water, and steam. Call 394- 2256 to register.
1 p. m. – 3 p. m. – Surbeck Center Snack Bar
Students will participate in games such as the egg drop, marble grope, bridge building, bubble blowing, balloons through a chicken wire cage, front end loader, forces in equilibrium, and the silly putty ball bounce. Call 394- 5270 to register.
Annual Engineers Week Banquet
6 p. m. – Surbeck Center Ballroom
A social time and dinner will precede the Bill Craig Scholarship Presentation – “ Engineer of the Year” Award and the “ Young Engineer of the Year” Award and Presentation of nominations for Project of the Year – �� Project of the Year” Award. Call 394- 2256 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Computer Programming Contest
9: 30 a. m. - 3: 30 p. m. – Electrical/ Physics Building, room 342
A contest for High Schools students who want to become computer programmers. Call 394- 2471 to register.
1 p. m. – Classroom Building, room 204
A math contest for seventh- and eighth- grade students of West River schools. Call 721- 1997 to register.
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