Browsing: Press Releases

Martin, SD. — Students from Bennett County School District gathered at the Activity Center in Martin, South Dakota on Friday, March 24, 2017 to showcase their research projects in the first Annual South Dakota Southwestern Counties Science Fair. A science fair research project is a capstone learning activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills and serve as the basis for exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The fair showcased 30 student research projects, representing approximately 58 students in grades 6-12 in two categories; Biology and Physical Sciences. 8th grade students Hunter…

Brookings, SD — More than 450 students from across South Dakota and northwest Iowa traveled to Brookings, South Dakota Tuesday, March 21 to compete in the 63rd Annual Eastern South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair (ESDEF), hosted by South Dakota State University (SDSU) in the Stanley J. Marshall Center on the SDSU campus. A science fair research project is a capstone learning activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills and serve as the basis for exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The fair showcased research projects from 11 schools in grades…

Mitchell, SD — Students from across south central South Dakota and north central Nebraska traveled to Mitchell, South Dakota Tuesday, March 21 to compete in the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair (SCSDSEF), hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University. A science fair research project is a capstone learning activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills and serve as the basis for exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The fair showcased research projects from 11 schools in grades 6-12. “Science fairs taught me to think creatively and analytically,” said fair judge…

Brookings, SD – Data collected by Electronic Modeling Specialist International (EMSI) for a 2016 survey of South Dakota’s science and technology industries found that 28 percent of South Dakota’s job growth in the past five years has come from five key industry sectors: value-added agriculture/agribusiness, energy and environment, materials and advanced manufacturing, human health and nutrition and information technology/cyber security/information assurance. “As of 2016, just under 22 percent of South Dakota’s total employment is within the science and technology-related industries, accounting for more than 123,000 jobs and that number is continuing to grow. Research investments foster economic growth and helps…

Written by: Christie Delfanian – SDSU Converting sunlight to electricity through photovoltaic devices will provide an abundant source of clean energy for future generations, according to associate professor Qiquan Qiao of the electrical engineering and computer science department. Though the cost of producing solar energy has dropped from $4 per watt to below $1 per watt, Qiao admitted, “we are still in research status.” Since he came to SDSU in 2007, Center for Advanced Photovoltaics researcher has established a lab in Daktronics Engineering Hall devoted to studying organic electronic materials and devices. His research is focused on improving the efficiency…