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May 6, 2004
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The Future Has Arrived At South Dakota Tech
Visitors to a traveling exhibit that has stopped at South Dakota Tech will glimpse the future of industries and science that will impact our lives and society in profound ways.
“The Expo is an attempt to place in front of today’s students the many possibilities for their future by awakening them the technological advancements they will see in their lives,” Dr. James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures said. The Institute for Global Futures produced the exhibit with IHigh, a high school marketing company.
FutureLab is a traveling time capsule that will stop at high schools and universities nationwide to give visitors a hands-on look at what the future will hold. The exhibit is designed to encourage students to better prepare themselves for jobs in the future economy by learning now about science and the future.
FutureLab will stop at South Dakota Tech’s Surbeck Center on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7. The exhibit will be available for field trips from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 7. The exhibit is open to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Admission is free for all visitors.
FutureLab is divided into four pavilions:
Deep Space: The Deep Space Pavilion answers the great questions and challenges that face the human race as we reach toward the stars. The gallery takes participants into the future with visuals from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, authentic space suits, a built-to-scale space craft, a model of the International Space Station, and space ship models. The Alien Museum answers the question, “What might aliens look like?” Life-sized displays from the movies “Star Wars,” “Predator,” “Lost in Space” and “Alien” provide insight about what the
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future might bring. The career section covers the many possible jobs visitors can find in the space industry.
NanoFutures: Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating matter at the atomic scale, the nanometer. This new science is expected to transform society during the next 15 years. The nanotechnology pavilion will share information and offer a direct experience of the use of nanotechnology tools used for creating nano-sized products. Nanotechnology may provide new non-polluting fuels, new food sources, new materials for building and new drugs to help people. Nanotechnology could offer new products such as smart metals, self-assembly communications and devices that are 1,000 times smaller than the head of a pin.
RoboTech: The RoboTech Pavilion is designed to give visitors hands-on experience driving the Mars Rover over alien terrain and understand what it’s like to control a robot through a telerobotic video control monitor. The experiences will show visitors how smart, agile and accurate robots have become.
Beyond DNA: Life sciences is an emerging industry that will shape the future of society in many ways. Many new discoveries are coming, from health care to agriculture to manufacturing to drug development. The Beyond DNA Pavilion will offer information and interactive multimedia about the human genome project and what’s coming in the future.
FutureLab is based on the “America’s Youth Looks to the Future Study,” completed by Roper Survey. The study found that students may not be well prepared to face the challenges of the high-tech workforce of the future.
The Student Loan Finance Corporation, of Aberdeen, and Scion, a division of Toyota, are sponsoring the exhibit.
“FutureLab provides the students of South Dakota a glimpse into the future where science education will play a major role in jobs and our economy,” Norg Sanderson, vice chairman of The Student Loan Finance Corporation, said.
For information, or to schedule a field trip, call (605) 394-6995.
MEDIA NOTE: Dr. James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures is available for telephone interviews to discuss FutureLab. To schedule an interview, contact Andrew Donahey at (415) 563-0720.
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