The book is closed on Opening Week at Missouri University of Science and
Technology. However, today begins a new chapter for more than 1,400 freshman
from around the world as it marks their first official day of college. Day one of
classes arrives after a fun week of activities and orientation events on campus.
“The week went well,” noted freshman Tyler Castro, of St. Louis. “I got to meet a
lot of people and get to know the campus.”

The computer science major added that the Project X race of Opening Week was his
favorite part.

The end-of-the-week race involved teams of around 15 new students working on
designing and building a unique remote-controlled car throughout the week. Friday
was race day and around 80 teams competed to get the best time in a creative race
track set up around the Missouri S&T campus.

Teams had to work together to have their cars bulldoze balls through mini-soccer
goals, catch marbles among other fun course challenges.

Friday's race was the accumulation of a jammed-pack week of activities designed to
introduce new students to college life. Incoming freshman had a chance to meet
faculty and administration and attend academic workshops during the day . As well,
new students got a crash course in campus culture from current Missouri S&T
students. At night, Students enjoyed games and entertainment from comedians,
Djs and even a hypnotist.

For Kayla Klossner-Thompson, interim director of student success programs,
Opening Week was a big success. She said she is very impressed with the incoming
Class of 2021.

“This week was fantastic,” she said. “The freshman have far impressed me with
their creativity and team work. Our future is bright in the hands of these students.
I cannot wait to see what they accomplish while here at S&T and beyond.”