First Kids Invent! workshop begins Oct. 2

Kids Invent!, a program through The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno, begins a series of Saturday workshops on Oct. 2, providing children the opportunity to challenge their creativity through their own inventions.

In part, Kids Invent! Draws its inspiration from the innovations of children, which include the helicopter, television and the popsicle stick.

To inspire innovation in today’s children (kindergarten-Grade 6), Kids Invent! workshops will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 will take place at the Lyles Center complex on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center.

Kids Invent! participants will engage in creative arts such as making bubble wands, masks, musical instruments and puppets. Older attendees will build car modules, catapults, Frisbees and water rockets. Projects will be tested before being taken home.

A $30 fee includes materials, printed handouts and raffle prizes for each session.

During the year, Kids Invent! serves more than 750 children from as many as 30 local schools. Kids Invent! Summer camps at Fresno State host more than 150 children.

For more than 10 years, the program has fostered innovative thinking through creative inventions and hands-on learning activities. Every workshop meets the California Standards for Mathematics and Science.

For more information, contact Kids Invent! program director Diane Phakonekham at 559.347.3900 orpphakonekham@csufresno.edu.

(Copy by University Communications news intern Christy Patron)

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