Kids Tech University

Kids' Tech University (KTU) sparks kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and builds the future workforce in these fields. KTU provides a true university experience by having interactive sessions in the University lecture theaters, lunch in the Oaks Dining Hall on campus, and experiments mentored by their older university peers.

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Kids’ Tech University is a first-come, first-served program that is open to children ages 9 through 12 as of September 30, 2019. This program is open to all children meeting the age requirement, regardless of place of residence or academic achievement, and can accommodate up to 90 participants representing a geographically diverse area.


Kids' Tech University 2020 Schedule


Feb. 15, 2020 - The Amazing Eye

Presenter: Mile Brujic, O.D. FAAO
Premier Vision Group, Bowling Green, Ohio

Did you ever wonder how we see and how the eye works? Did you ever wonder how the eye focuses light and why some people need glasses? Did you ever wonder how contact lenses work? Get ready to understand the eye and how it works and how we see the world!

Dr. Brujic is a partner of Premier Vision Group. He always wanted to be a healthcare provider and while in university decided that he wanted to devote his life to preserving vision and treating eye conditions. He went to the New England College of Optometry in Boston and graduated in 2002 as a Doctor of Optometry. Since then he has practiced at Premier Vision Group caring for patients in Bowling Green and Lima. In addition to direct patient care, Dr. Brujic performs clinical research, has written over 350 articles and has given over 1,600 lectures nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.

Kids Tech with sunglasses

During the Feb. 15, 2020 session, Dr. Brujic shared information about "The Amazing Eye." Participants tested their "Eye-Q" and Dr. Brujic gave everyone a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. 


February 22, 2020 - There's Something Fishy Going On Around Here

Presenter: Dr. Kevin Neves
Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University

There are more than 25,000 different species of fish in the world, and we will focus on some of the amazing adaptations that fish possess. The afternoon session of this program will include a tour and explanation of the fish diversity in the BGSU Marine Lab, hands-on fish dissections, and a tour of the BGSU Aquaponics lab.  There  participants will learn about where food comes from and how we can ensure that food production, particularly seafood, is sustainable and healthy. In this living experiment, students will also gain a better understanding of the problems that fish (and all aquatic organisms) face and how we (even in northwest Ohio) can help solve them!

Kevin Neves graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in marine biology and aquaculture/fisheries technology in 2004 and went on to complete a Ph.D. in marine biology at the University of Maine. There, he worked with juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), looking at the causative agent of cataracts in this important species of foodfish and identified the culprit to be increasing levels of dissolved carbon dioxide which has helped to improve the production of fish worldwide. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2013, he went on to be the operations manager of Acadia Harvest Inc., producing sushi-grade California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) and developing a saltwater land-based integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) where multiple species of animals are raised in the same system. Starting in 2016, Dr. Neves made the switch back to academia as an assistant teaching professor at Bowling Green State University. His current research projects include freshwater IMTA (where BGSU's system is the first in the country) and the effects of carbon dioxide on fish development. 


March 28, 2020 - The Search for Exoplanets

Presenter: Andrew Layden, Professor and Chair
BGSU Department of Physics and Astronomy

Do you look up at the night sky and wonder, “are we alone?” Are there planets orbiting around stars other than the Sun – exoplanets – and could they harbor life? I will share the secrets of how astronomers hunt for exoplanets and highlight the strengths and shortcomings of the methods astronomers use. We will discuss the history of exoplanet searches and think about how it has shaped human views about alien life. We will also think about the different types of stars, and how some types may be better or worse for hosting life on the exoplanets that orbit them.  

Why he decided to study astronomy:
Dr. Layden had a few early influences, people who opened the door to astronomy and let him experience the possibilities on his own terms: as a kid, he helped his dad practice celestial navigation with his sextant; as a tween, he borrowed his brother's star charts and taught himself star names and constellations; as a teenager, a friend shared his good backyard telescope. It was at college, though, that he had a really inspiring professor who showed him both the wonder of the universe, the joy of observing with telescopes, and the possibility of making astronomy a career.


April 18, 2020 - A Wild Time at the Zoo: Adventures in Environmental Enrichment

Presenter: Beth Posta
Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, The Toledo Zoo and Aquariumronomy

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of zoo animal is like? Animal care in the zoo involves a great deal of enrichment – activities that encourage natural behaviors, present puzzles and challenges to solve, and give the animals choices of how to spend their day. Enrichment can take many forms, from different ways of getting food, exploring new things, using the five senses, and social interactions with other animals to name a few. In this presentation, we’ll explore a variety of enrichment strategies aimed to enhance animal wellbeing and look at a day in the life through the animals’ eyes.

Beth Posta began her career with animals as a dolphin and sea lion trainer in the Florida Keys, where she also worked to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles. For the past 20 years, she has worked at the Toledo Zoo as the curator of behavioral husbandry where she coordinates and oversees animal training, enrichment, and the animal wellness program. She is the vice chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Animal Welfare Committee, serves on the steering committee of the Behavior Scientific Advisory Group, and has been an instructor in four professional development courses. She is an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University. Ms. Posta received a B.S. in zoology and holds a master's degree from BGSU in biological sciences.


The Kids' Tech University (KTU) program is different from other kids' programs because we introduce the children to researchers capable of talking about the science that they do in an exciting and interactive session. The goal is to get them exciting about science by having them live the life of a science student for a day on the BGSU campus. Each season the Kids’ Tech University program has four all-day Saturday sessions, starting in early February and ending in early April.  

Each program starts in the morning with a talk and extended question period with the invited speaker. These sessions are unlike any typical university lecture as our speakers are typically inundated with questions.  

For lunch the children go with their parents or our program volunteers to the Oaks Dining Hall on campus which normally serves our residential students. Afternoon sessions will include a series of hands-on activities relevant to the session topic that the children can participate in with their parents. 

2020 will mark the 9th season of Kids’ Tech University @BGSU. I aim to provide a true university experience for the children by providing them the opportunity to live the life of a science student at BGSU for a day.

Each year I invite four scientists that I believe are capable of explaining the science that they do to a young and very enthusiastic audience of 9-12 year olds. The morning program starts with a talk by our guest scientist about the science that they do and how they got interested in science as a career. We use the large lecture rooms in Olscamp Hall, so that parents can also have the opportunity to see that all of our speakers are peppered with questions form the audience.

For lunch the children go with their parents, or our program volunteers to the Oaks Dining Hall on campus, where the children can have their lunch in the same place where residential students eat.

The afternoon hands-on sessions are science labs centered around the topic introduced by the speaker. My goal for these activities is that they should be “real’ and include activities that they might not be able to do in a school setting. These experiments are typically organized into 40 min sessions that the children rotate through and are staffed by undergraduate and graduate students that I recruit and train for each event. I and my faculty colleagues act as instructors for many of these sessions, so that the children have the opportunity to talk directly to us and ask additional questions.

So a complete day starting about 10 a.m. AM and ending just after 3 p.m. will include a morning “lecture,” lunch, and afternoon “labs.”

Paul Morris

Who am I?

I am a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Department. My graduate students and I make use of techniques in Molecular Biotechnology to study how essential plant metabolites called polyamines function as signal molecules that enable plants to respond to environmental stress such as heat, cold, drought, and pathogen attack. We use similar approaches to understand the genetic basis of how a group of world-wide devastating plant pathogens called Phytophthora and Pythium species are so effective at killing plants.


We need your help on any one or all of the following days: from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 pm. All events are on Saturday and where appropriate lunch is provided. The program relies heavily on the volunteering efforts of BGSU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Registration for the program is in the Olscamp Hall Lobby, and the morning talk is held in one of the lecture halls. We need volunteers to organize the children in groups and lead them into the lecture hall, take the students to lunch at the Oaks Dining Hall and act as instructors for the afternoon lab activities. If you are volunteering as an instructor/mentor for the afternoon hands-on session, a “working lunch” training session starting at noon is organized so that you can be ready when students return for the afternoon hands-on session.

You can help us recruit the next generation of scientists.

Kids’ Tech University is now in its 9th season at BGSU but we need your help to ensure the widest diversity of children from Bowling Green and surrounding communities are able to attend this unique program. To ensure that this is possible for the 2020 program, registration fees are nominal $30.  but covers only the cost of T shirts, for the participants, and lunch for the volunteers. Additional funds are needed for purchase of materials and supplies for the hands-on session , printing costs, rental of facilities, and a nominal stipend for a student coordinator of the program. 

Gold Sponsors ($500-$1,000)

Paul Morris and Maureen Yorga



Silver Sponsors ($200-499)

Dr. Jeffrey Noftz