Opening Week began Sunday, Aug. 13, at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The university welcomed approximately 1,500 new students to Rolla on Saturday, Aug. 12, for move-in day.

Opening Week began Sunday, Aug. 13, at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The university welcomed approximately 1,500 new students to Rolla on Saturday, Aug. 12, for move-in day.

Students will participate in a week of activities geared to help them transition to university life. A variety of academic workshops will be offered throughout the week, including problem-solving, lab safety, communications and leadership.

The workshops give first-year students practical classroom and laboratory experience before the semester officially starts Monday, Aug. 21. Students will also eat lunch with faculty members, which gives both parties an opportunity to discuss classroom expectations in a casual atmosphere. Opening Week will also provide plenty of opportunities for students to make new friends during picnics, barbecues and recreation activities.

Convocation, Missouri S&T’s official welcome to the students, was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the Student Recreation Center in the Gale Bullman Building. The event included remarks by Interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples and a presentation of Missouri S&T’s values.

A traditional activity during Opening Week is the Project X team design competition. Students are divided into 15- to 18-member teams led by student mentors. The teams spend the week designing and building remote-controlled vehicles for the competition.

On Friday, Aug. 18, members of the campus cheer on their favorite teams as vehicles navigate obstacle courses throughout campus during the competition, which runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Races begin at the Puck in the middle of campus and end at the Havener Center.

The vehicles will be auctioned off during an awards ceremony at 9:30 p.m. that Friday evening in the Havener Center atrium. Proceeds will go to the Spirit of Change movement at Missouri S&T. Funds are used to help make a difference in students’ lives. Previous acts of the Spirit of Change include parking meters paid for a day, juice and homemade cupcakes after a math exam, free cups of coffee served at the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center, or a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly day. In the past, the money helped students whose apartment burned and helped a student who was in a car accident.

A complete schedule of Opening Week activities is available online at pro.mst.edu.