Missouri 2021 welcomes Missouri University of Science and Technology as our newest member of the Bicentennial Alliance! Missouri S&T is also observing its 150th anniversary this year, coinciding with the state’s bicentennial. A product of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the land-grant movement of the late 19th century, Missouri S&T has grown into one of the nation’s top STEM-focused research universities. In honor of the bicentennial, Missouri S&T is hosting a lecture series throughout 2021 titled: “Honoring our past, envisioning the future: Missouri S&T Lecture Series for the Bicentennial.”
The series will explore the cultural history of the Rolla region and the social and economic topics relative to Missourians. All presentations will be available for live public viewing. The first programs in the series will be all-virtual due to the pandemic with later lecture programs possibly in-person, as well, depending upon safety concerns. The seven topics, scheduled from February-December 2021, include:
“Mining: From Missouri to the Moon” | 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021
A look at how Missouri S&T prepared miners over the past 150 years and how it is now preparing engineers for a future in space mining.
“STEM at the elementary level” | Noon Friday, March 5, 2021
The importance of STEM education at early levels.
“Having a blast with explosives” | 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021
More than 7 billion pounds of explosives are used in the U.S. each year. Learn how the fields of mining, construction, defense, homeland security, demolition, oil recovery, fireworks, special effects and more are involved in this broad industry.
“Batteries in the microgrid/solar houses” | 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
A look at how batteries in the microgrid manage and store renewable energy and what that means for the future of Missouri solar houses.
“Building microsatellites for the future” | 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
A look at how microsatellites could be used to inspect satellites, do small repairs or refuel spacecraft — and help eliminate the need for risky EVAs (“spacewalks”) when something goes wrong.
“Missouri’s German heritage” | 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Learn how German-speaking settlers influenced our agriculture, arts, sciences and beer!
“Remembering Missouri’s most famous generals” | 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
Black Jack Pershing led the American Expeditionary Forces to victory in World War I, Omar Bradley led U.S. Army troops in World War II Europe, and Maxwell Taylor led the 101st Airborne Division through the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these famous Missouri generals.
To learn more and register for the lecture series, please visit https://150.mst.edu/bicentennial-alliance-lecture-series/