Virginia Tech To Host Wood Magic Show On Campus

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 6, 2003 – Virginia Tech will host the Sixth Annual Wood Magic Show on Oct. 7 and 8 at Brooks Wood Products Center, located across the Blacksburg Airport in Blacksburg. Students from Salem, Christiansburg, Auburn, and Blacksburg schools will participate in this year's activities.

Since 1998, approximately 1,900 children, teachers, guests, and volunteers have participated in Wood Magic shows at Virginia Tech. This science education program for fourth and fifth grade students presents information on how wood adds value to our quality of life, how the forest products industry is taking a responsible approach to the use of natural resources, and how science is used to improve production of recyclable forest products in an entertaining, engaging and interactive way.

The events and curricula are designed around Virginia's Standards of Learning and use Mississippi State's highly successful Wood Magic Science Fair as a template.

The event is co-sponsored by the department of wood science and forest products at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Forest Products Association. Funding for the program comes almost entirely from the wood products industry and agency donations.