S.T.E.A.M. Cafe

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Hay Camp Brewing Company, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting have teamed up to create STEAM Café, which will be  held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp. Join us for dinner and drinks and enjoy a talk by a member of the SD Mines family. Collaborative programs, cutting edge research and historical perspectives on everything from gothic literature to the impact of motherhood are just a few cool things that you’ll learn about at these fun gatherings.

A food truck will be on site each month, and Hay Camp will serve their handcrafted beer. The STEAM Café is a place to share new ideas, forge new friendships and grow as a community.

June 18 – Into The Frozen Abyss: The Franklin Expedition of 1845 by John Dreyer.

The 1845 Franklin expedition has become something of myth and legend. Two ships and 129 men departed Greenland with the goal of finding the Northwest Passage. They never returned. The rescue mission spanned nearly 10 years and mapped large portions of the high Arctic, only finding bones and artifacts. In the last few years, both ships have been found and modern expeditions have shed light onto what happened. The recent miniseries The Terror spun a supernatural tale while updating the expedition’s story and putting faces to the names. This talk outlines the history, technology, geography and possible fate of the expedition. Bring your warm clothes and hot chocolate as Dr. John Dreyer transports you to the Canadian High Arctic in the golden age of polar exploration. 

July 16 – Learning About Engineering from Termites and Nature by Bret Lingwall

When it comes to engineering, nature is often our best teacher. Take the Macrotermitinea, or fungus-growing termites, for example. This species cultivates a fungus for decomposing dead plant material within colonies, and constructs massive structures that provide ventilation, thermal regulation, disease resistance and food for 20 million termites in one colony. Their use of mechanics, physics, biology, chemistry and microbiology to solve problems shows a masterful integration of engineering principles. Join Dr. Bret Lingwall as he broadens our understanding of how humankind can mimic natural engineering to solve human-based problems. 

August 20 – Hangup Man: A Most Dangerous Job by Mark Bowron

The Black Hills has a history that is rich in mining. But despite our roots being so closely tied to this industry, most of us rarely think of lives that were affected and even lost during those mining days. SD Mines faculty member, Mark Bowron, a forty-year veteran of the mining industry, will share stories about the “hangupman” a unique position that existed in the 1970’s-80’s at the Climax Mine in Colorado. The hangupman played a vital role in the secondary underground blasting process. 

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