Kids’ Tech University

Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher (Dr. L)

“Both my daughter and my son have participated in Kids’ Tech, and our family had a great experience. It was a boost to my kids’ ability to see themselves as scholars and scientists, to be treated like college students. They loved the campus experience as well, and now the whole idea of college is much more real and meaningful to them. The afternoon activities allowed them a small taste of many, many different academic topics, awakening their curiosity. I highly recommend the Kids’ Tech experience.” ~ Amy Wilson


Kids’ Tech University is a semester-long educational research program developed by the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and 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 (STEM). They will be collaborating with the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council. The primary goal of KTU is to create a future workforce in STEM by sparking kids’ interest in these fields.

Here is a quote from Conner Benway, who participated in both Virginia Tech and Virginia State University KTU’s this past year:

It was a great educational experience.  It taught me how to look at mathematics, technology and engineering in different ways.  I really liked being on the college campuses, but I had no idea they were so big. ~ Conner Benway (age 12)

KTU will offer a new semester for kids between the ages of 9 and 12  on the Virginia Tech campus. This is a first-come, first-served program that is open to children satisfying the age restriction, regardless of place of residence or academic achievements. Members and non-members of Virginia 4-H are welcome to attend four events over the course of the spring 2013 semester (Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 6, 2012). During the Interactive Sessions for each event, held in the same lecture halls used by Virginia Tech students, world renown scientists will address questions from the world around us. After the Interactive Sessions, the kids will receive lunch at Virginia Tech and participate in exciting hands-on activities hosted by Virginia Tech faculty, student clubs and 4-H agents.

Parents are responsible for picking up their child for lunch and accompanying them for the afternoon hands-on session session.

Click here to give these fun online labs a try now.

The registration fee is $100 (scholarships are available) and opens Dec. 4, 2012; registration will close when 450 kids have been registered for the program. See-

For more information on this great program you can contact Kristy M. Collins, Ph.D. Education and Outreach Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Virginia Tech at  540-231-1389 Fax- 540-231-2606

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