Kids Tech University: Virginia Tech Spring Event

The coordinator of the Kids Tech University program at Virginia Tech contacted VaHomeschoolers to extend an invitation to homeschoolers, ages 9 to 12 years old, to participate in their upcoming educational outreach program.

Kids Tech University is a semester-long educational research program developed by the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech in partnership with the Virginia 4-H, that puts scientists and engineers in front of children to encourage the exploration of intriguing topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

After the success of KTU in 2009 & 2010, we are excited to announce the 2011 Spring semester event happening at Virginia Tech for kids between the ages of 9 and 12 (on September 30, 2010), living within a four-hour drive of the VT campus. KTU is held in the same campus lecture halls used by VT students. Hands-on activities follow each storytelling session and an online component continues the interest and excitement after the campus activities have been completed.

Kids’ Tech University
Virginia Tech Spring Semester Event

  • Online enrollment begins at 6 p.m. on December 6, 2010
  • 450 children will be accepted into the program
  • Those accepted will represent geographically diverse areas within a four-hour drive from the Virginia Tech campus
  • For enrollment information, please visit
  • Registration is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. After the first 450 seats are full, all following applicants will be put on a waiting list
  • In order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program, there will be a charge of $25.00 per student, payable upon registration

My oldest son participated in this last spring and we both had a fantastic time. The topics were interesting and the speakers were very engaging. The afternoon hands-on component provided a lot of opportunity for independent exploration. My son especially enjoyed getting a small taste of what a college campus is like (and this Virginia Tech alumnus got a kick out of seeing him in one of the lecture halls I knew well from my days on campus).

Check out the line-up of topics:

January 29, 2011 – “Patterns are Everywhere! How and Why?”
Storytelling session led by Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher
Professor at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and of the Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech

February 26, 2011 – “Why are glaciers in Antarctica important to people who live in Virginia?”
Storytelling session led by Dr. Ellen Cowan
Professor of Geology, Appalachian State University

March 26, 2011 – “Why do we care about frogs’ health?”
Storytelling session led by Dr. Tyrone Hayes
Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

April 9, 2011 – “Why do we want to touch everything with our fingertips? And more ‘why’ questions about how our bodies communicate with the world.”
Storytelling session led by Dr. Helena Carvalho
Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

For more information and to register, see

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