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January 27, 2004
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Zoom Into National Engineers Week
Learning about the future of the space program and designing a complicated way to cast an election ballot join a full slate of programs during the 27th Engineers Week at South Dakota Tech. Activities begin Friday, Feb. 20, and continue through Saturday, Feb. 28.
Friday, Feb. 20
Cardboard Bridge Contest
2:15 p.m. Feb. 20: Bridge strength testing, Civil Mechanical Building
Tech students, technicians and faculty will test the maximum load of cardboard bridges built by middle and high school students. Call 394-2256 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Kids’ Block Contest
10 a.m., Surbeck Center Ballroom
Children in first through sixth grades compete at engineering a specified building project, using their imaginations and interlocking building blocks. Call 342-0425 to register.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Tuesday Forum – “Oh, the Places Engineers Go!”
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Surbeck Center Ballroom
Three engineers will talk about their experiences here and abroad and how engineers influence the quality of life everywhere.
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, mark and cast an election ballot – using 20 steps or more. Call 394-2256 to register.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Astronaut Ed Gibson
9:30 a.m., middle and high school students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
3 p.m., high school and Tech Students, Surbeck Center Ballroom
Dr. Ed Gibson will speak about his experience as an astronaut and the future of the space program. For 21 years, Gibson was a co-holder of the American record of 84 days in space when he served as part of Skylab III in 1974. During that mission, he worked outside the space station for more than 15 hours during three spacewalks. He also served on the support crew of the Apollo 12 mission.
Thursday, Feb. 26
E-Week GIRLS (Girls Into Real Learning Succeed)
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Surbeck Center McKeel Room (lunch at 11 a.m.)
High school students will complete hands-on science and engineering activities with college students and practicing scientists and engineers. Visit www.hpcnet.org/SDTechEWeekGIRLS for more information and to register.
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. 27
“Hot Chemistry, Cool Show”
9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Surbeck Center Ballroom
Presentations for middle school students by Tech students and faculty demonstrate why chemistry is cool with the “vegetable light,” “elephant’s toothpaste” 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 as dirt, water and steam. Call 394-2256 to register.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Miner’s Shack, Surbeck Center
Students will participate in games such as the egg drop, marble grope, bubble blowing, front end loader, forces in equilibrium and silly putty bounce. Call 394-5270 to register.
Annual Engineers Week Banquet
6 p.m., Radisson Hotel, Rapid City
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. Tom Price, executive director of the American Association of Engineering Societies, is the keynote speaker. Call 394-2256 or 394-6400 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Computer Programming Contest
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Electrical/Physics Building, room 341
A computer programming contest for high school students. Call 394-2471 to register.
1 p.m. – Classroom Building, room 204
A math contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Call 343-0222 to register. Visit www.hpcnet.org/e-week2004 for more information about Engineers Week and how you can participate.
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