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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com February 6, 2018 • Page 3 Celebrate Engineers Week & Inspire Wonder In Youth When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader. “Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.” “Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone. “This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?” “Uh …” Doc looked around for help. There was none. “Yes. Yes it is.” “Found your dang squirrel here, Doc. That reward thing still good?” “Well … yes.” “Five dollars and a quarter, right? Now is that cash or check? I don’t take no checks.” Doc is looking all around and looks wilderness-type lost. “Cash I guess.” “Only thing is, Doc. Need to be sure this is your squirrel, right? So can you describe him for me?” “He’s … gray.” “All gray squirrels are gray, now, ain’t that right? How about any distinguishing marks? Tattoos?” “No tattoos.” “So far so good. Now you said in the ad his name is Chipper. Well, I called him Chipper and the son of a gun bit me.” “He did?” “What I mean to ask here, Doc, is … did you and your squirrel get along? No squirrel problems? He looks like he needs a square meal to me. You feed him good?” “What?” “You know … like Squirrel Chow free choice, or did you put him on a nut ration? I mean, he ate like there was no tomorrow. Dang near ate up the whole five dollars and a quarter reward money in squirrel food.” Steve and Dud walked back into the café, then, with the cell phone still at Dud’s ear, and the laughing began. “You were right all along, Doc,” said Bert. “In winter, everyone can use a good hoax.” Doc bought the coffee. BROOKINGS, S.D. - Encourage your youth to explore and inspire wonder through activities during Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2018. "Take advantage of this week's focus on engineering and use it as an opportunity to inspire wonder in our youth," said Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist. "Our world is ever- evolving as new technologies and processes are developed to resolve issues and simplify tasks." These new developments and inventions are often credited to engineers, but what is an engineer? "Answering this question is a great place to begin with younger children," Wood explained. By pure definition an engineer is 'the maker of an engine.' The word engine comes from the Latin word ingenium meaning 'clever invention.' Thus an engineer is the maker of a clever invention. "While there are numerous types of engineers, they all creatively apply what they know about mathematics, science, and technology to develop new ideas, processes, and products," she said. "Additionally, they utilize critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork in the process." While young children may not be able to wrap their minds around all of the scientific and technical knowledge needed to pursue a career as an engineer, Wood said it is never too early to introduce them to engineering concepts and practices. "Children have an innate sense of wonder making them natural engineers," Wood said. "As parents and educators, we can nurture this awe and curiosity to fuel learning through investigation and design. By providing youth opportunities to explore engineering, we enhance their creativity and boost their confidence." Engineer activities to boost creativity Through engineering activities, Wood said we have the opportunity to develop a variety of soft skills that are used in engineering as well as a variety of other fields. "Engineering activities foster problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills," Wood said. Wood lists the following websites for ideas: • Connect2Engineering • Design and Discovery • Design Squad Nation • Discover e • Engineering is Elementary • Engineer Your Life • TechXcite Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2018 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1057, authorizes the Board of Regents to contract for the construction of the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs) and the demolition of Lowry Hall at Dakota State University. 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