"Wood Magic" fair to teach elementary students


CORVALLIS - About 700 third and fourth graders will come to Oregon State University on Oct. 12-13 to attend the first Oregon Wood Magic Fair.

Hosted by the Department of Forest Products at OSU, this interactive educational experience will teach the students how to make plywood sandwiches, learn about termites, break boards, use a computer controlled wood router, see a sawmill in action and learn how wood and other resources fit into their everyday lives.

The event is sponsored by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and students in schools from Portland to Eugene are expected to participate. A similar program at Mississippi State University has been so successful that it now helps educate nearly 7,000 students a year, officials say.

More information about the events, program and schedule can be obtained by contacting Jeff Morrell at (541) 737-4222.