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Students can engage in free computer workshops at Power Vista

Free hands-on, computer programming workshops are underway at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista.

The series is called “Sensational Science Saturdays,” and is aimed at children in grades 5-8, although all ages are invited. All classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Power Vista Classroom and are limited to 15 participants. Students may participate in one class or the whole series.

3D Printing will be the topic Saturday, while Minecraft is the Jan. 27 class. The Feb. 3 class will focus on Robotics, and JavaScript is on the agenda Feb. 10. Micro Bits will be featured Feb. 17, which will round out Session One.

Session Two features 3D Printing on March 3; Animation on March 10; JavaScript on March 17; Minecraft on April 14; Robotics on April 21; and Micro Bits on April 28.

Make reservations by calling 286-6661 or email

The series is sponsored by the NYPA, in collaboration with WNY Stem Hub Inc. and Computers for Children/Mission:Ignite.

"Technology is changing every day and our youth need to be skilled in these new technologies so that doors open for them for new careers and opportunities,” said Gil C. Quiniones,  NYPA president and CEO. “The Sensational Science Saturdays program at the Niagara Power Vista is a great way for our young New Yorkers and visitors to have fun while preparing for the digital future.”

Families are encouraged to visit the Power Vista’s state-of-the-arts exhibits while there. Admission and parking are free.

“Sensational Science Saturdays are great ways for students to build their computer skills while having fun in an interesting setting,” said Cherie Messore, executive director of WNY Stem Hub Inc. “Of course, we hope this leads students to continue their computer learning and puts them on a path for technology-based careers that are such an important part of the Western New York economy.”

“We are honored to be a part of the Sensational Science Saturdays program supporting computer science learning for middle school students, giving them opportunities to learn about technology principles, and greater advantage to discover their own passion for future education and careers,” added Christine Carr, executive director, Computers for Children/Mission:Ignite.

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