South Dakota Tech News Report – July 2003
Tech’s Aero Design Team Finishes 15th
The following South Dakota School of Mines and Technlogy Students were part of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Aero Design team that finished in 15th place during a recent competition in California.
The Aero Design competition challenges engineering students to conceive, design, fabricate, and test a radio-controlled aircraft. The competition is divided into two parts – design and flight. In the design event, the contestants present their design strategy and demonstrate the accuracy of their calculations in predicting the maximum payload the aircraft can lift. The flight event determines which aircraft can lift the most weight. The competition limits the wingspan of each aircraft, and requires them to take off and land within a limited distance.
James Beat, Mechanical Engineering, Bryan, Texas,
Adam Beshara, Computer Engineering, Rapid City
John Brosnahan, Electrical Engineering, Lead
Jeremy Edgar, Mechanical Engineering, Watertown
Ryan Gillen, Computer Science, White Lake
Gus Hernandez, Interdisciplinary Scienes, Fort Worth, Texas,
Jason Holdaway, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City
Mark Husman, Mechanical Engineering, Sheridan, Wyo.,
Patrick Lyle, Mechanical Engineering, Canton
Chris Miller, Electrical Engineering, Worland, Wyo.,
Ryan Pfau, Mechanical Engineering, Cheyenne, Wyo.,
Chris Radzikowski, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, Las Vegas, Nev.,
Jared Shear, Mechanical Engineering, Belle Fourhce
Adam Watterson, Mechanical Engineering, Brandon
Matt Weiz, Computer Engineering, Mitchell
Local Teachers Complete Calculus Institute
The following teachers completed the Advanced Placement Calculus Institute for high school teachers held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
The Institute trained and motivated teachers to prepare students for Advanced Placement classes and college-level work. Teachers received the tools to teach their students to stretch their minds and succeed in challenging courses such as Advanced Placement Calculus. The course was designed to help teachers return to their classrooms prepared to show their students the wonders of math – not only what it can do, but what students can do when they master math concepts.
AP Calculus classes help students because the course consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. Students who take an AP course in calculus can seek college credit, college placement, or both, from colleges and universities.
Ruth Conway, Stevens High School
Tom Keck, Stevens High School
Timothy Hoard, Sundance, Wyo., High School
Orville Hess, Hulett, Wyo., High School
Wendy Schamber, Lead-Deadwood High School
Michelle Clevenger, Custer High School
Albert Johnson, Stevens High School
Hise Wins TEA Award
The Career Service Council at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has given its Traditions of Excellence Award for June 2003 to Cindy Hise, a secretary in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering and in the Mining Engineering program. Hise started working at Tech in August 1995.
The Career Service Council gives the award to someone who has performed their assigned duties at a high level or above and beyond expectations, who has taken the initiative to promote the concept of successful job completion and has promoted a positive working relationship with students, faculty and staff.
Her nominator said, “Cindy is an incredible secretary. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to help serve the department and SDSM&T."
Tech Student and Alum Chosen For AFRL Program
A South Dakota School of Mines and Technology doctoral student, as well as a May 2003 graduate, have been selected for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Scholars Program.
Jason Ash, of Shenandoah, Iowa, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science at Tech. Eric Pollard of Sioux City, Iowa, graduated in May with a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Both are working at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. The program runs through the summer.
The two Tech scholars are among 30 people AFRL selected from across the country. Those selected will work in AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate alongside an AFRL researcher. The researchers function as mentors and offer close support and guidance to the student carrying out the research.
Two Nobel Laureates will visit the program participants during the summer. On June 3, Dr. Richard Smalley, the Nobel Laureate in nano-carbon technology, presented a lecture entitled "Our Energy Challenge-A New Mission for Space.”
Scholars were competitively selected on the basis of their scholastic achievement and potential contribution to technology areas that are strategically important to the research important to the lab.
Strap Up Your Boots, Put on Your Safari Hat and Get Wild at Newton's Nature Camp
A few spaces remain in the Children's Science Centers Newton's Nature Camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 - 18 and July 21 - 25. Children ages 6 - 12 have the chance to explore the natural history of the Black Hills.
Class participants will learn about the plants and trees, mammals and birds and insects and spiders. It is time to be the detective - the rock hound of the day. This science trek will take them to numerous locations in the Black Hills. Visit local caves and go on a hunt for real fossils. Visit a fish hatchery to identify and learn about South Dakota fish. Then, learn about the history of the Black Hills by becoming a prospector for a day as you try your hand at panning for gold. Don't miss this two-week quest for science fun.
Visit the Children's Science Center online at www.hpcnet.org/sdsmt/csc for a registration form, or visit us at 515 West Blvd, Rapid City.
Children’s Science Center Celebrates the Armed Forces
The Children’s Science Center will honor the United States Armed Forces on Friday, July 4. Visitors to the Science Center with military identification and their family members receive a discounted admission price of only $2 per person.
This is a great time to come visit our traveling VISION exhibit. This exhibit looks at the human eye and is only here until July 19.
The CSC has also expanded the merchandise in the gift ship! There are all new books, games, puzzles, science activities and treats. These items are perfect for gifts and great for traveling.
The Children’s Science Center offers Military days the first Friday of each month. We encourage everyone with military identification to bring their families and enjoy the center.
The Children's Science Center is an outreach service of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The goal of the Children's Science Center is to create an environment to help children and adults nurture their curiosity about science and technology and the world around them.
Start your own garden at the Children's Science Center
Investigate the world of plants and trees, learn about different flowers and even start your own garden. Join the Children's Science Center for our "Digging in the Dirt" Summer Enrichment Class. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 24, 2003.
Discover what can be built with Magz and mere toothpicks and marshmallows at the "Polyhedra" Summer Enrichment Class. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wed. June 25, 2003.
These classes are just a few of the many Summer Enrichment Classes at the Children's Science Center. The CSC will offer the classes to children ages 6-12. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Prices range from $15 to $45 for CSC members and $17.50 to $50 for non-members. Material fees may be extra for some classes. You can pick up and drop off registration forms at the Center, 515 West Blvd., in Rapid City. Registration forms and a complete listing of classes are also available online at www.hpcnet.org/sdsmt/csc. The registration deadline is at least one week prior to the start of each class. Classes are limited to the first 20 who register.
For more information call 605-394-6996.
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