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Oregon Park District, Taft offering science, tech classes

The Oregon Park District is teaming up with the NIU Lorado Taft Educators to offer a S.T.E.A.M series of classes.

S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

“S.T.E.A.M is poised to transform our economy in the 21st century. This movement is widely adopted by institutions, schools and individuals. This class fits your 3rd-8th graders schedule perfectly,” said Tina Ketter, superintendent of recreation for the park district. “Has your student ever had an interest in examining how to transport an object from one place to another, wondered how to protect a product from breaking, or had a desire to create a Rube Goldberg machine?

“Join the Taft Staff for two hours of crazy engineering on Monday, April 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.,” Ketter said. “Students will have the ability to design and test their own boat, protect their fragile cargo, and design their own Rube Goldberg machine.”

The class meets at Nash Recreation Center. Fee is $11 for residents of the Oregon Park District and $13 for non-residents per class. The deadline to register April 15.

Classes are expected to fill, so register today at Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. Fifth Street, Oregon or by calling 815-732-3101.

Classes meet at Nash Recreation Center in Oregon.