Thursday, September 26, 2013

SEEDS-Blacksburg Nature Center- Sept. 28th activity

Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE.  Blacksburg, VA   Parking in our driveway, on Wharton St., and within 2 short blocks on Clay St. @ spout spring parking strip.  Admission is free; donations are welcome.  Fun for all ages.
Friday:  Play Date Fridays, 9am-1pm.  Friday Sept 27th, Dorothy’s program is “Autumn Leaves & Leaf Rubbings”

Saturday, Sept 28th, Open for regular hours 9am-1pm. 
Special program:   "What's in your neighborhood pond and stream?"
Time:  9-11am [talk at 10am].  Freshwater ecologists, Dr.’s Bryan Brown and Cayelan Carey, Assistant Professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at VT and their graduate students will guide us through some fun and interesting activities.  We’ll have several microscope stations with all kinds of pond and stream animals on display.  At 10 am, Dr.’s Brown and Carey will give a short (15 min) interpretive talk about urban streams and ponds.  Kids will love it!  There will be crayfish and other aquatic critters for the kids to see and touch.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

VT Museum of Geosciences GeoFair and Mineral Sale

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 10:00-4:00

at the Museum, 2062 Derring Hall, 1405 Perry St. Blacksburg.  Free parking.

Family-friendly hands-on activities presented by geoscience students using Museum teaching kits and exhibits including the OmniGlobe and the stream simulator.
Specimens for sale range from inexpensive student samples to fine collector-quality items.  Find unique gifts!

Directions and additional info at

Last year over 400 people attended and had a great time!
Proceeds support the Museum of Geosciences Education and Public Outreach programming.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Virginia Tech Police Department to hold Community Day Sept. 29

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 19, 2013 – Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public are invited to learn more about the university’s award winning police department on Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About 250 people are expected to attend the free event, which will take place on Virginia Tech's Drillfield and will include activities for people of all ages.
"This annual event is a great opportunity for us to show the community all of the resources that are offered from our police department as well as many other campus partners," said Officer Nicole Quesenberry. "It's a fun social event where people can get to know our officers and learn important safety information."
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive activities, including
  • Drunk Goggle Carts;
  • VIN etching;
  • DUI simulator;
  • Dunk-A-Cop;
  • Seatbelt convincer;
  • K-9 demonstrations;
  • Texting and Driving simulator (co-sponsored by the Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management); and
  • Car Seat Installation.
A Texting and Driving Simulator will allow participants to measure the difference in their reaction time when they’re behind the wheel while texting and driving.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to inspect child safety seats. Technicians will also check for recalls and defects, and can provide advice on many child passenger safety issues.
The event will also include free food and prizes. Several community organizations will be on hand to share information and talk with participants about their organizations. The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, Blacksburg Fire Department, and Carillion Lifeguard (helicopter) crew will have ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. The Virginia Tech Police Department’s Dive Team and K-9 Team will lead demonstrations as well.
The Drillfield is located across the street from Burruss Hall at 800 Drillfield Dr. in Blacksburg. Free parking is available in the Perry Street lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road with a visitor's pass. A visitor's pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor's pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. 
More information is available on the Virginia Tech Police Department’s Facebook page.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Announcing the 2014 Virginia Tech Kids' Tech University program!

Find out answers to: "How can mathematics help us understand certain diseases of the eye?" "How do you see inside the human body?" "Why sew smart e-pants? A discussion of wearable computing and electronic textiles" "Why hang with your friends? Answers from an African Wild dog" 

Spring 2014 Registration Procedure

• Online enrollment begins at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2013
• 450 children (ages 9-12) will be accepted into the program
• Those accepted will represent a geographically diverse area.
• Registration is on a “first-come, first-served” basis that is open to children satisfying the age restriction, regardless of place of residence or academic achievements. A waiting list will be available after registration is full for a county or for the program.

Registration Fee
In order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program, there will be a registration fee of $100.00 per child, payable upon registration (no refunds). The registration fee must be paid by check; further directions will be given at the time of enrollment. Parents have an option to apply for a scholarship for your child at the time you register online. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship please contact Dr. Kristy Collins at Lunch cards and a KTU t-shirt will be given to all children who attend KTU.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Virginia State University KTU program announced!

Kids’ Tech University's fall semester events will be held at the Virginia State University (VSU) campus in October and November of 2013! These are all-day events that consist of an interactive session, which is centered on answering a question about the world around us, and a hands-on component, which features the VSU professors, students, clubs, and community. Kids can take part in the virtual labs and forum after the all-day event to continue to cultivate their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

2013 Interactive Sessions- Virginia State University

Fall 2013 Registration Procedure

• Online enrollment begins at 6 p.m. on Thurs. September 5, 2013• 100 children will be accepted into the program• Those accepted will represent geographically diverse areas within a four-hour drive from the Virginia State University campus in Petersburg, VA.

Registration FeeIn order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program, there will be a registration fee of $20.00 for the first child, and $10.00 for additional children in a family, payable upon registration (no refunds). The registration fee must be paid by check and pays for both the October & November KTU sessions; further directions will be given at the time of enrollment. The registration fee will cover the lunch for the registered child(ren) and parents and a t-shirt for the registered child(ren).