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Students to mash-up learning and fun at West Valley event

Thursday, February 21, 2013730 views

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. The third annual Uni-versity Di-versity Mash-Up aims to help students and their parents better explore those options for higher education.

The community event will take place on Feb 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, located at 1355 West 3100 South. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is a great opportunity for families to come out and see what different local colleges and universities have to offer,” Program Director Susan Klinker said. “But it is a lot more than that too, as there will be programs about everything from preparing early for college to what college life is like.”

Klinker said the purpose of the event is to encourage more students in West Valley to better understand and seek out opportunities to continue education beyond high school.

“If you look at the numbers, West Valley has a lower-than-average rate of high school graduates who attend some form of higher education,” Klinker said. “That is, of course, due to many factors. But we wanted to show them that there are many opportunities and benefits that they can take advantage of.”

The event will feature a variety of presentations, games, activities, contests and informational booths. Most presentations will be aimed at children in junior high and higher-grade elementary school, along with their parents.

Attendees will be able to learn photography skills as they get a photo of themselves in a cap and gown. They will also have the opportunity to build their own dream boards, create their own works of art, learn computer imaging and get some first-hand engineering experience with the University of Utah’s Lego League.

“Students will get a card, and as they go through each of the ‘courses’ or activities that we have set up, they will earn credits on that card,” Klinker said. “If they earn enough credits, they can turn in the card for a prize and be entered into a drawing for some other great prizes.”

Prizes for the event are donated from several local businesses and include tickets to a Grizzlies game, Rocky Mountain Raceways, the theater,  movies and more. There will also be free pizza at the event.

“We are really excited about this, and hope it gets students and their parents more excited about college and more informed about what their options are,” Klinker said.

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