Learn more about energy technologies at Free Fab Fridays
2018 January 24
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Area residents interested in learning more about energy technologies are invited to attend Free Fab Fridays at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), 125 N. Howell Ave., in West Plains.
Sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains and West Plains R-7 School District's South Central Career Center, the event is designed to give those attending an overview of alternative energy sources, such as biofuels (using wood gasification to make electricity), solar (using the sun to generate electricity) and wind (using wind to generate power), and how they all work together to provide renewable resources for energy, organizers said.
Sessions are set for 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 and March 2. The Feb. 9 session will focus on biofuels, the Feb. 16 session on solar energy, and the Feb. 23 session on wind power. The last session will show how they work together, organizers said.
Seating is limited to 15 for each session, so registration is encouraged by calling (417) 255-7784 or emailing GOCAT@MissouriState.edu. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
All three alternative energy sources are study areas of Missouri State-West Plains' Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree, which is offered through GOCAT.
Organizers also pointed out GOCAT was recently approved as “Fab Lab” by the Fab Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program. The foundation's mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world, according to the foundation's website.
By becoming an official “Fab Lab,” GOCAT now has access to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators that spans 30 countries, organizers explained. For more information about GOCAT and its services, visit the GOCAT website.
Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success and to enrich their local and global communities by providing accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities. Missouri State-West Plains offers associate degrees, credit and noncredit courses, and serves as a delivery site for bachelor's and master's degrees offered by Missouri State University in Springfield. For more information about becoming a student, call (417) 255-7955 or visit the admissions website. For more information about ways to support the University, call (417) 255-7240 or visit the development website.