BLACKSBURG, Va., July 9, 2012 – Kids’ Tech University has been given a Programs that Work Award by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition. This prestigious award recognizes exemplary programs that demonstrate a positive impact on student or teacher learning.

"The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition was pleased to award the Programs That Work recognition to Kids’ Tech University (KTU) at Virginia Tech (VT) as an exemplary example of a program for which there is evidence of a positive impact on students through the experiences and exposure to engaging STEM education. The VT KTU program also demonstrates a strong ability for program sustainability and emulation through its work with both Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA, and Bowling Green University, a public university in Bowling Green, Ohio. The extension of KTU's outreach through these partnerships establishes a model for others as to how to reach additional students throughout Virginia and beyond,” said Barbara Young, Science Specialist in the Virginia Department of Education.

Kids’ Tech University was chosen out of many programs devoted to science and mathematics education across the Commonwealth. Past recipients include programs like The Cell Show from Hampton City Schools and Inquiry Approaches to STEM: Professional Development from Sweet Briar College.  

"This award really speaks to all we're attempting to achieve with Kids' Tech University in creating the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Kristy Collins, Ph.D., Education Program Manager.

About Kids’ Tech University
Kids' Tech University (KTU) is a pioneering educational initiative designed to excite children about science and provide them with a real university experience. Kids' Tech University was spearheaded by VBI in collaboration with the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program. K-12 students, their parents and teachers, come to the Virginia Tech campus and they participate in a series of engaging scientific activities, including lectures by world-renown researchers and hands-on laboratory experiments. The goal is to expose K-12 students early to cutting-edge research in science, math, engineering, and technology to hopefully encourage them to pursue science careers.

About Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science combining information technology, biology, and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 240 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology, and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental, and wider communities.

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Contact:
Tiffany Trent
(540)231-6822
ttrent@vbi.vt.edu

July 09, 2012