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Campus hosts academic competitions for high school and middle school students

10/24/2011 —


8:30 a.m. - noon, Thursday, Oct. 27, Conference Center

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, Conference Center

Penn State New Kensington will host two academic competitions in October and November for high school and middle school students that promote leadership and innovation.

"Youth Leadership Day" will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the campus Conference Center. More than 80 juniors and seniors from 13 local high schools will be assigned groups to discuss case studies of secondary school issues. Guest speakers include Ray Kilmer, chief technology officer, Alcoa; Patty Kirkpatrick, commissioner, Armstrong County; and Kevin Snider, chancellor, Penn State New Kensington. The students were invited to the program after submitting essays on the merits of a leadership program. The event is sponsored by the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Alle-Kiski Valley. For more information, contact program manager Diane Chabel, 412-860-9326 or dchabal4@yahoo.com via email.

Innovation is the keystone for the "Invention Convention" that is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Conference Center. More than 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students from local middle schools will unveil their inventions and explain their creative processes. A panel of judges from Alcoa, Penn State Electro-Optics Center and Acutronics USA will evaluate the presentations and award first, second, and third-place prizes. Sponsored by StrongLand and the Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerce and funded by a grant for Alcoa, the convention is the culminating event of a project that began with an orientation program at the campus in September for more than 140 aspiring inventors. In addition to evaluating the inventions, the judges will talk about innovation, patents and project planning. The event is free to the public. For more information, contact Pat Hollinger, 724-34-6053 or pdh5@psu.edu via email.


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