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September 26, 2012
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Science, Math Workshops Announced


NASA Educator to Offer Ideas on Space, Robotics to Help Kids Learn

HAYS, Kan. – A regional NASA educator will offer aerospace and robotics workshops with new ideas and resources for educators and others who work with youth, through 4-H projects, afterschool programs, Scouts, and other youth-centered programs in Hays, Kan. Oct. 4-6.

Three training sessions will be offered, said Susan Schlichting, K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth development agent in Ellis County, who is helping to promote the educational opportunity coordinated by the Fort Hays State University Science and Mathematics Education Institute.

According to Schlichting, the workshops are full of great tools that are inexpensive and should spur further interest in science in students’ everyday lives and science-based careers.

The workshops include:

* NASA Educator Workshop, K-12, Oct. 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshop will be held on the Fort Hays State University campus in Custer Hall, Room 137.

This day-long workshop promises new ideas for classrooms and after-school programs with science and mathematics teaching ideas from NASA. It is recommended for pre-service and current teachers, and a professional development letter will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.  The cost to register is $10, which includes lunch.

* Youth Leadership NASA Science Workshop, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Hays State University in Custer Hall, Room 137.

This evening session is recommended for youth leaders and will offer ideas to improve and enhance informal science programs in 4-H, Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, afterschool programs, etc. Adults and teens are welcome. The cost to register is $5.

* LEGO Robotics Programming Workshop, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fort Hays State University Campus in Custer Hall, Room 137. 

The workshop will cover basic robotics and LEGO robotics training led by a member of the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project and Fort Hays State University staff.

Funding is pending to provide kits to 15 workshop participants. If funding is awarded, these will be provided to the first 15 different schools that register. The cost to register for the two-day workshop is $20 and includes lunch on both days.

Registration and more information are available online at the Science and Mathematics Education Institute.

More information on science-based 4-H projects and programs, including robotics, is available at K-State Research and Extension offices and online at Kansas 4-H.   

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
nancyp@ksu.edu
K-State Research & Extension News

Susan Schlichting is at 785-628-9430 or sschlich@ksu.edu; Dr. Paul Adams is at 785-628-4538 or padams@fhsu.edu