June 19, 2014

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Missouri S&T leading the way

Although spring commencement is behind us, the Missouri S&T campus continues to buzz with people and ideas as summer begins to unfold. More than 300 elementary, middle school and high school teachers from throughout the U.S. are spending part of their summer at Missouri S&T to learn how to teach engineering and biomedical science courses to their students this fall.

The teachers are involved in Project Lead the Way, a national effort to get more youth interested in studying engineering and science in college. For nearly a decade, Missouri S&T has been the state affiliate for Project Lead the Way and offers PLTW training in both engineering and biomedical science.

This summer, Missouri S&T is offering a variety of PLTW training courses focused on classroom instruction, hands-on projects and team activities.

Additionally, beginning this fall the university will offer a new elementary education program to emphasize science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Graduates of the program will be prepared to share their specialized knowledge with kindergarten through 6th grade students.

It's just another example of how we're leading the way in STEM in Missouri and beyond.


Mars Rover Team is second in the world
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Mars RoverSpeaking of positive momentum, "Phoenix," Missouri S&T's Mars rover, took second place last month at the 2014 University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, Utah. Twenty-three student teams from around the world competed in the University Rover Challenge to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers.

S&T's rover is a remote-controlled robot with almost no off-the-shelf hardware or parts. The team developed custom circuitry for the rover, machined the aluminum and carbon-fiber support structure, had the frame cut using water-jet technology at Missouri S&T's Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center, and 3-D printed the gears and drill bits used in the rover's arm. Find out more here.


Thanking employees every day

Although the campus isn't quite as crowded over the summer, our hard-working staff members continue to work diligently to ensure things run smoothly throughout the year. We took time out to thank our employees at the end of May during Staff Recognition Day. Check out pictures from the day here.

In the past decade, Missouri S&T has experienced phenomenal growth – not only in our student population but also in research and alumni engagement. Our continued excellence rests in no small part on the shoulders of our dedicated employees. Today and every day I thank them for lending us their talents. To see a list of stand-out employees recognized during staff day, click here.


For your summer reading and viewing pleasure
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JohnCMcManusbookMissouri S&T has been fortunate to attract outstanding professors from a wide variety of disciplines who are helping to shape the community conversation on topics ranging from baseball to small-town living. In case you've missed the coverage in USA Today or didn't hear him on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, make sure to check out John C. McManus's new book digging in to D-Day's unanswered questions. McManus, a military historian at Missouri S&T, has written, The Dead and Those About to Die — D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, which was published by NAL Caliber in April. You can watch an interview with McManus and learn more here.

Tom Benton's MissouriAdditionally, an award-winning documentary co-directed by an S&T professor emeritus has been re-mastered in a high-definition format and is now available for home viewing. Tom Benton's Missouri tells the story of Thomas Hart Benton's expansive mural showcased on the walls of the House Lounge in Missouri's state capitol building in Jefferson City. Originally released in 1992, the documentary directed by James J. Bogan Jr., Curators' Teaching Professor emeritus of art history and film at Missouri S&T, and Frank Fillo, former director of the MU Extension's Cooperative Media Group, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Learn more.

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