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In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 2

Dakota Wesleyan University hosts an upcoming youth night with the goal of helping attendees turn away from technology and social media to simply be present in the world. We’re joined by Sean Binder, incoming director of Storm Mountain Center in Rapid City, and Eric Van Meter, campus pastor of DWU.

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In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 2

What explains the recent mania for toppling statues in America? It might have something to do with the Internet. Joseph Bottum heads the cyber-ethics program at Dakota State University in Madison. He's a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. He wrote a piece in the September 25th issue of the magazine called The Joy of Destruction. He joins us for more.

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In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 2

A new Honors program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invites highly motivated students to seek a deeper education, one that's tied closely to the challenges of the real world. We're joined by Dr. Scott Kenner and Dr. Demitris Kouris from SDSMT.

Shon Anderson is with B9Creations, an international 3D printer company based in Rapid City. He joins us to talk about building an international business from the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a culture of innovation and imagination.

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Biotechnology is a booming business, and South Dakota companies are competing with organizations around the globe. Local scientists pioneer medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, and research. A researcher-turned-business developer outlines his assessment for area investors and scientists in an extended interview.

South Dakota Biotech's annual summit brought professionals together for the discussion, and some future scientists help equip fellow kids.

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The International Coding Competition in Rapid City and recent international hacking events have prompt people to consider coding. It provides the scaffold for computers and smartphones and apps. Educators must decide how kids can learn code, what they should understand, and when they should start.

Take a peek inside this coding classroom. The room is warm. It’s afternoon. The school year draws to a close, and sixth-grader Adysen Moet plays a video game.

The world final of a computer programming competition is coming to Rapid City. The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) happens May 20-25, 2017. Groups of college seniors and first-year grad students use their computer skills and critical thinking abilities against the best from around the globe.

Richard Gowen is President of Excellence in Computer Programming, Inc. He discusses the caliber of the competition and its impact on people outside the computer science community.

Jolley School Opens STREAM Lab

Apr 11, 2017
Levi Gutz

A school in Vermillion is looking at a new way to educate students. State officials opened a new science and technology lab for elementary grades.

Jolley Elementary School teachers and students cut the ribbon for the new STREAM lab. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Art and Mathematics. Inside the lab there are stations with educational equipment. One group is running a machine through creating a circuit board while another is programming a robot to navigate a maze.

Innovation: Mel Ustad

Jan 13, 2017
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Mel Ustad joined Innovation to discuss the programs in place to help science and technology companies grow in South Dakota. Ustad is the Director of Commercialization at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

 

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Sioux Falls middle schoolers are playing music with a world-renowned rock orchestra violinist. Mark Wood is in town to perform Saturday night. More than 2,700 students are set to accompany him.

Innovation: Students Learn About Manufacturing

Dec 9, 2016
SDPB/Cara Hetland

Ten middle school teams were recently paired with different manufacturing companies to learn about different advanced manufacturing careers. The teams of six students spent a half day at their assigned company filming and interviewing various employees to find out what they liked about their jobs. By the end of January, the teams will submit their videos for a contest, explaining what they think is cool about manufacturing. The winners will enjoy an awards ceremony.

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National health experts are looking to South Dakota strategies as they discuss rural health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services showcased Avera’s telemedicine efforts with viewers around the country. It was part of an effort about National Rural Health Day.

Avera’s eCare services use high-quality video and audio to connect Sioux Falls physicians with small town hospital staff. This allows doctors and nurses to collaborate on treating rural patients in real time.

Universities Seek Funding For New Research Buildings

Oct 5, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

Universities across South Dakota are proposing building projects to enhance research and development capabilities.    The South Dakota Board of Regents is submitting funding proposals to the governor's office for the projects.  The outcome of the process could lead to new facilities at various university campuses and even a major new building in Rapid City.

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Educators in Sioux Falls say they want computer science classes to equip kids with technology skills and context in the digital community. The Sioux Falls School District implemented a new curriculum one year ago; that move ended keyboarding classes for students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Middle school curriculum coordinator Sandy Henry says in the spring the district assessed 1,140 sixth graders. She says the average they could type was 23 words per minute.

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Cardiologists in Rapid City are using a new pacemaker that is fully implanted inside a person’s heart. The FDA only recently approved the technology. Doctor Kelly Airey with Rapid City Regional Hospital performed the first procedure to place the pacemaker.  Her patient is impressed.

Paul Baldwin has had two traditional pacemakers to normalize and regulate his heartbeat. When his latest device’s battery was up for replacement, he talked with Dr. Kelly Airey about his options. Baldwin says she recommended a tiny pacemaker that’s self-contained within his heart.

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If you’re listening to this show in the Black Hills right now there is chance you can also hear the rumble of a loud motorcycle. It’s the Sturgis Rally – and the thundering gas powered bikes are swarming the hills. Next we take a look at a much quieter form of transportation. A solar car race. 

SDPB’s Jim Kent stopped by Wind Cave National Park for the closing hours of the American Solar Challenge Road Rally…on a very overcast Saturday morning as rain moved into the Black Hills.

SQL Saturday, Tesla car fatal and Windows 10

Jul 1, 2016

In this edition of Techradio host Kent Osborne spoke with Joshua Warne, founder of the (605) SQL User Group, about SQL Saturday. The event is Saturday July 23rd at the University Center (Avera Hall) in Sioux Falls from 8:00am-5:00pm. More information can be found at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/539/EventHome.aspx.

And the "Computer Guys" Joel Broveleit and Amos Aesoph joined Osborne to discuss a fatal Tesla car crash, Apple and Windows 10.

  

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A camp in Sioux Falls this summer is teaching kids how to program electronics and video games. Using computer code, kids learn how to program a motion sensor, range finder, and a laser to create a homemade security system.

15 middle school boys eagerly punch computer keys, and plug electronic pieces into a microcontroller board. They are learning how to upload code onto their device to create certain effects, such as a motion sensor that emits different sound depending on how far away it detects an object.

Sioux Falls Hosts A Cyber Security Conference

May 6, 2016
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New Cyber Security guidelines put in place by the National Institute of Standards and Technology aim to better protect the country from cyber attacks.

Officials say foreign cyber attacks could target US businesses and critical infrastructure such as power plants and dams.

SDN Communications is holding a conference in Sioux Falls this week to teach area businesses and organizations about the importance of cyber security.

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South Dakotans list agriculture as the number one driver of economic development. That’s according to a recent survey that polled people nationally and gathered data in three separate states. Some people’s perceptions of the economy don’t jibe directly with information from businesses. 

A Wells Fargo and USA Today survey polled South Dakotans to find out which sectors they think contribute to a healthy economy. The top responses in order were agriculture, health care, education, construction, and retail.

Teachers from around South Dakota are collaborating to find new ways to engage students in problem solving. A conference on Technology and Innovation in Education wrapped up this week. One of the dozens of sessions focused on helping students break into a box by thinking outside of it.

Dr. Julie Mathiesen, Director of TIE - Technology & Innovation in Education. TIE is based in Rapid City but provides services across the state and region. In order to help schools and educators stay current with technology there is an annual conference starting Sunday in Sioux Falls. This year is the 30th anniversary of the organization and is expanding to include a full spectrum of Learning Services. 

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First-year medical students are tapping into new technologies that support health providers in rural areas. Avera’s eCare facility provides live video access to specialists and emergency physicians to support providers in different circumstances. Some students say it makes them more confident in pursuing work in rural medicine. 

Medical students in short white coats surround a mannequin. Three volunteers in blue paper gowns take direction from a physician on a TV screen who walks them through life-saving techniques.

State representatives support a measure that takes South Dakota out of a regional coalition. State leaders entered the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in 2008. A push is now underway to end the contract with 11 other states.

South Dakota is part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Proponents say the Board of Regents has gained from the membership. State lawmakers say enrollment has two primary advantages: it offers more buying power on technology purchases and savings on property insurance.

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Sioux Falls leaders plan to get a detailed view of water underground using technology attached to a helicopter. The city’s public works department is contracting with the US Geological Survey and a company called CGG Canada Services. Mapping the aquifer requires a system called RESOLVE and days in the sky.

They call it a bird. The RESOLVE helicopter-borne geophysical system is a long, white cylinder sensor. It has a red drag skirt on one end that keeps it flying straight: think the feathers on an arrow.

Hy-Vee Soon To Offer Grocery Shopping Online

Sep 21, 2015

Hy-Vee customers can soon shop for groceries and have them delivered to their home- all within a few clicks of a mouse. Later this month Hy-Vee stores across the state are rolling out the ‘Aisles Online' program.

Customers can soon go online, select groceries, and have a personal shopper package items for up-pick or home delivery. Nic Hoch is the Manager Store Operations Director for Hy-Vee in Sioux Falls. He says the program is the first of its kind in the Midwest.  

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Area leaders say technology is rapidly changing the way they do business. People from different industries met in Sioux Falls Thursday to discuss technology and South Dakota’s economy. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce worked together for the free event.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.

Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.

100 8th through 12th grade girls are in Madison this week for a summer camp devoted to cyber security. This is the second year for the GenCyber camps sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The agencies are interested in filling a need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

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Satellites can take digital images of Earth, but if they’re not calibrated, those images are only pretty pictures. That’s according to Dennis Helder, head of the image processing lab at South Dakota State University.

Science Happy Hour

Jun 12, 2015

Science Happy Hour is taking place Friday night in Sioux Falls.  More than 20 exhibits have local scientists explaining topics in a fun and accessible way for adults to learn while enjoying a beverage.  Physicist Barbara Szczerbinska of Dakota State University and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, detailed the event on Innovation with Cara Hetland.  They also discussed the 4th annual "It's All About Science Festival," a family friendly event that explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  And they outlined the Center for Theoretical Undergro

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