The Center for the Arts continues its grand opening week tonight with an event called “Tech or Treat,” a free, family-friendly event aimed at engaging children and demonstrating the spookier side of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.
Held in The Cube, a specially designed black box theater within the cutting-edge Center for the Arts building, and organized by the Institute for Creativity, Art and Technology (ICAT), the event will put on display some of the more impressive areas research areas that Virginia Tech professors and students have embarked on.
“At ICAT we have three main missions: education, research and engagement,” said Adam Soccolich, operations coordinator for the Institute. “This event helps to bring all three together by combining kids’ curiosity along with their enjoyment of Halloween.”
There, visitors can experience technologies like the ‘Labyrinth,’ a spatially–focused feature that will utilize laser-light geometric shapes in an attempt to disorient, which was designed by Paola Zellner from the School of Architecture and Design and Tom Martin from the department of electrical & computer science.
Many other features will focus on different specializations and allow hands-on experience for children, including video game technologies like the Xbox Kinect and the Wii.
“We really feel that we achieved a balance between collaboration, work and research with the preparation of this event,” Soccolich said.
Tech or Treat is free and open to the public.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.