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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Technology workshops for kids kick off at PSU

With summer in full swing and many parents looking for kid-friendly entertainment in a cool environment, the Department of Engineering Technology at Pittsburg State University is offering hands-on entertainment with an educational twist.

The Department’s 5th annual round of summer workshops begins next week, and features new courses focused on math, science and technology for 9 to 14-year-olds.

“Construct your Future,” a workshop that gives kids the opportunity to explore professional aspects of the construction industry, will run from 9 a.m. to noon, July 16-20. Activities include 3D modeling, computer estimating and scheduling. “Plastic is Fantastic,” a workshop designed to give kids a first-hand look at methods used in the plastics industry, will also run next week from 1-4 p.m. each day. The workshop includes experiments in molding, testing, and extruding different types of plastic. In order to have something to remember their work, students get to keep their final projects.

The two-part Adventures in Robotics workshops will begin the following week, July 23-27. “Adventures in Robotics 1” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon (session 1) and 1-4 p.m. (session 2) each day. “Adventures in Robotics II” will be held July 30-Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, and is available only to kids who have completed an “Adventures in Robotics 1” workshop or have LEGO robotics experience.

The workshops are all held at the Kansas Technology Center on the PSU campus. Registration for each workshop is $90, and materials and snacks are included. Late registration will be held on Monday morning, July 16.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, contact Randy Winzer at 620-235-4370 or the Department of Engineering Technology at 620-235-4350.

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