WMU News

Paper and printing faculty, students demonstrate their science to local middle school students

January 13, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Faculty and students from Western Michigan University's Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering are taking their show on the road to area middle schools in an effort to introduce fourth- through sixth-grade students to the idea of pursuing paper or printing as a career.

WMU teams are visiting area classrooms to demonstrate paper making and printing in hands-on sessions with the younger students. Some middle school teachers also are opting to bring their classes to the WMU campus for a tour of facilities, demonstrations and further hands-on experiences. In all, more than 1,600 students from 66 classes are expected to participate.

The project, being coordinated by Barbara L. Reed, director of conferences and training for the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, began in late November and already has involved students in seven area schools. An additional four schools will take part in the next four weeks. Other area schools also have expressed interest in the effort and are making arrangements to take part. Dates and times for those schools' involvement will be finalized in the near future.

The next group of participating schools will include:

A number of other area schools will take part in the program in February, March and April. For more information or to arrange coverage of one of the sessions, media representatives should contact Cheryl Roland, WMU Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, at (616) 387-8412.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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