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February 4, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Zoom Into National Engineers Week
Learning if engineering is the best career for you and designing a complicated way to recycle an aluminum can join a full slate of interesting programs during the 26th Engineers Week at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Activities begin Friday, Feb. 14, and continue through Saturday, Feb. 22. “Without Engineers the World Stops” is the theme for this year’s celebration.
Many of the events are open to the public. The schedule:
Friday, Feb. 14
Bridge Building Contest
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 – entry deadline
2:15 p.m. Feb. 14 – 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. 15
Kids’ Block Contest
10 a.m. – Surbeck Center Ballroom
Children, grades 1 through 6 compete at engineering a specified building project, using their imaginations and interlocking building blocks. Call 342-0425 to register.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Tuesday Forum – “How Much Water is There – and How Good is It?”
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Surbeck Center Ballroom
Janet Carter will present a summary of major findings about ground water, water
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quality and precipitation in the Black Hills area. 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 – select and empty a 12-ounce aluminum can, crush it and place it in a recycling bin – in the most inefficient way using 20 steps or more. Call 394-2343 to register.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
“Engineering Makes the Word Go Around” – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
9:30 a.m. – Middle and high school students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
Engineer Celeste Baine will speak about how engineering can change your life, what engineers are doing and why engineers think they have the best job on the planet.
“Is There an Engineer Inside You?��� – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4 p.m. – High school and Tech Students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
Engineer Celeste Baine will speak about opportunities in engineering, how to prepare to be an engineer, why being an engineer is one of the best things you can do for yourself and typical salaries for engineers.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Recognition of Outstanding Graduates/Initiation into the
Order of the Engineer
11 a.m. – Surbeck Center Ballroom
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.
Friday, Feb. 21
“Hot Chemistry, Cool Show”
9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. presentations – Surbeck Center Ballroom
Engineers Week presentations for middle school students. Tech students and faculty will demonstrate why chemistry is cool with exploding cotton and other neat experiments. Call 394-2256 to register.
See Engineering and Science at Work
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
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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. – Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
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. Call 394-2256 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Computer Programming Contest
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Electrical/Physics Building, room 341
A contest for high school 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 343-0222 to register.
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