—“We would like participation in the July 19 Technology Day demonstrations and activities to better reflect the diversity of our area,” said Janet Kelhoffer, Eatonton Putnam Arts Foundation chair of PutnamARTS who is scheduling the event. In order to accomplish the goal of diversity, rising fifth-ninth graders who are keenly interested in science and technology can apply for a scholarship if they receive free or reduced lunch. “Girls and boys will be able to participate at no cost if they meet these criteria, and we will consider other scholarship requests on an individual basis. We want to insure that a $40 registration fee does not stand in the way of someone with a creative mind being able to attend Technology Day,” said Stewart Rodeheaver, President of Vizitech who is sponsoring Technology Day.

Vizitech is planning a fantastic program of events that will have kids (and adult helpers) saying “Wow!” promises Rodeheaver. The day will include demonstrations of 3D imaging of real world things, Virtual Image Manipulation (which is the ability to manipulate objects in the air with your hands), Augmented Reality projects that will let the student see the newest way to place virtual information overlain on real objects so that you can “see” the future and work with robotics. Students will have some hands-on experiences while they learn more about these areas of current technology. Come prepared to be part of a team that will face a challenge: can you get a robotic component to work? Ever see a 3D Printer work? Vizitech can make an adjustable plastic wrench ready for use.

Technology Day is Friday, July 19 for 9-3 p.m. Lunch is provided by Vizitech. Registration is required to attend Technology Day at the Plaza, and there is a limit of 60 participants. Call 706-923-1655 or go online to www.theplazaartscenter.com to register.

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