Kids’ Tech University at VSU returns October 22

Kids’ Tech University (KTU) is returning for the second year to the Virginia State University campus for two sessions this fall. A collaborative endeavor between VSU and Virginia Tech, the program’s objective is to pique curiosity and stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for youngsters 9 to 12.

Featuring scientists probing pertinent issues and answering relevant questions in a university setting, the program blends interactive lectures with hands-on learning opportunities. The discussion topic for the first session scheduled Oct. 22 is “Patterns Are Everywhere!  How and Why?” It will be led by Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, Virginia Tech mathematics professor.  And Cristina Millan, an Ohio State University doctoral student, will conduct the second session on Nov.19 titled, “Why Is Antarctica So Cool to Geologists?”

One hundred students will be selected to the program for which on-line registration began on Sept. 26.  The program, including lunch, is free for participating students.  A parent or guardian is required to escort his/her child during the program and is responsible for his/her own lunch.

In conjunction with the KTU program, teacher workshops will be held for 4-H agents, all teachers, informal educators and anyone interested in STEM training. The free workshops include lunch and CEU credits will be offered.

Visit www.kidstechuniversity-vsu.vbi.vt.edu for student enrollment or teacher registration information.

For specific details on the KTU Program at VSU, contact Dr. Marcus Comer, VSU agricultural/natural resources extension specialist, at 524-5964 or e-mail mcomer@vsu.edu.

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