KTU: Graduate School is designed to spark high schoolers' interest in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This day-long learning experience presents exciting scientific discoveries in language students can understand and gives them access to resources and expertise that can only be found at Virginia Tech.


The primary goal of Kids' Tech University: Graduate School (KTU: GS) is to spark students' interests in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM.) Our curriculum is divided into two parts, each designed to help high schoolers explore the ways their new knowledge can be applied in their day-to-day lives.

Interactive Presentation Session

  • Introduces new and exciting concepts in STEM, framed around a simple question like, "Where can we find water?"
  • Helps students to share their perspectives and test their understanding of key concepts, rather than sitting passively through a standard science lecture
  • Allows students to interact with our expert faculty presenters in a fun, entertaining environment

Hands-On Activity

  • Builds on concepts introduced in the morning presentation session
  • Helps students see how STEM can improve their understanding of the people, places, and things they encounter in their everyday lives
  • Gives students an up-close look at what it's like to conduct research in a university setting


March 24, 2018: "Is Calling Someone a Bird Brain Really an Insult?"

kendra sewallKendra Sewall
Assistant Professor
College of Neuroscience

Animals are part of our daily lives, but do they think the same way we do? Do they learn and remember the same things? In this talk we will consider what humans and animals have in common and how studying animals ranging from sea slugs to chimpanzees helps us understand how learning and memory work in all creatures, even humans. In particular, we will discover some of the amazing and specialized learning abilities of birds. 

April 21, 2018: "Where Can We Find Water?"

alan rafloAlan Raflo
Research Associate Professor
College of Natural Resources & Environment

In 20 seconds, name all the places you can in your house where you could find water.  If you said sinks, showers, toilets, and washing machines, of course you’re right.  But did you mention water in your food?  In wood?  In electricity?  In you?  This session will explore many of water’s connections to humans and their activities, other living things, and environments.  We’ll also explore various issues and concerns—including yours!—that result from water’s widespread connections.


How to Register

  • Complete Our Online Survey: Click here to fill out our online registration survey. Participation in KTU: GS costs $30 per student.


  • Age: Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 16 as of Jan. 15, 2019 in order to register.
  • Academics: There are no academic requirements to participate in this program, just a general interest in learning about STEM subjects.
  • Participation: Due to costs and space restrictions, only registered students will be allowed to participate in KTU: GS activities. Parents and unregistered students will not be admitted.


Please direct all questions about registration, fees, and scholarship eligibility to Dr. Kristy Collins at kdivitto@bi.vt.edu .


Kids' Tech University: Graduate School is made possible through the generous support of donors like Stacy Smith and Dick and Denise DiVittorio. Click here to make your own contribution.

Additional programmatic support is provided by the Virginia 4-H Foundation.

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