Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Two Cyclone men won conference crowns over the weekend at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Senior Taylor Sanderson won the decathlon and senior Jan Jeuschede took the title in the shot put. Cyclone qualifiers for the NCAA West preliminaries will be announced later this week.
2) This week the Kennedy Space Center is holding NASA’s annual Robotic Mining Competition, and a team of Iowa State students will once again be in the mix; this year, the ISU team is debuting an ambitious two-robot mining system. The team won top honors in 2013 and in 2014 completed the competition’s first fully autonomous mining run and has a history of innovating. The competition not only provides great opportunity to ISU students, but it can also benefit the nation. According to the competition rulebook: “NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative robotic excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual excavation device and/or payload retrieval mission.” Now THAT’s science with practice.
3) The ISU athletics department’s Cyclone Tailgate Tour gets underway today, with stops in Carroll and Omaha on the calendar. Join Cyclone coaches, student-athletes, and spirit squads as they caravan across the state for the next several weeks.
4) This week, as has been the tradition for more than two decades, Iowa State is opening its campus to the annual Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games — the organization’s largest event of the year, which includes more than 2,500 athletes. Competition includes aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, developmental events, soccer, and tennis. Athletes also enjoy Opening Ceremonies at Hilton Coliseum, a Celebration Dance, and activities and entertainment at the Olympic Festival. Thousands of volunteers will make this weekend’s activities possible. Thank you to everyone in the Ames community who helps make this event possible, in 2016 and every year, to help Iowans with intellectual disabilities feel a true sense of empowerment, confidence, acceptance, and joy.