Opening Week at Missouri S&T means over a thousand wide-eyed freshmen running hither and yon, moving into dorms and having fun in everything from parties to academic workshops, Project X to a pig roast, all under the loving and watchful eyes of Patty Frisbee’s minions in New Student Programs.
At the shop? It’s been four years since the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center moved to the new Kummer building, more than enough time to knock the shine off the floor. And the walls. And the cabinets. The machine shop and specialty labs have been cleaned up and restocked with supplies; now it’s the full-court press to make the Arnoldy Fabrication Center ready for student groups to move back in.
Design team “season” is no longer just during the spring semester. Robotics, Formulae SAE Lincoln, Mars Rover and Solar Car competitions last through June into July. Two of next year’s Baja events will take place during finals week and after the semester ends, making it tougher still to do summer cleaning and equipment maintenance.
Yesterday S&T’s BAJA! Team jumped in and helped shop manager Richard “Mater” Dalton shove all the projects to one area and attack the floor. They scraped away at epoxy, tape, and other undetermined material stuck to the concrete after too many student all-nighters, before starting the massive stripping process. The all-Baja crew worked late and asked if they could stay even later and do the whole shop in one day. Great attitude, but no place to move the equipment out of the way.
Typical of in-semester student teams, if they work late they straggle in late the next day, so Richard found himself all alone. But his office coworkers did their best to help by posting signs of encouragement.