About 150 middle schoolers in MESA from Spokane will be in Washington State University’s Sloan Hall 175 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, to learn the excitement of engineering. Engineering students in WSU’s Robotics Club will demo their robots and flying machines and tell the youths a little about how to prepare for the discipline. In the morning, the MESA students will tour campus and visit vet-med, anthro, entomological, herbarium, science and geology exhibits. They will be presented a chemistry show from 2-3 p.m. This is a College Knowledge for the Mind activity to give secondary-school students a taste of college as an option in the future.
Contact: John Alaniz-Mendoza, Multicultural Student Services, 335-4533.

Construction is underway on a satellite teleport at the WSU Research Park that will link the state’s public schools and higher education institutions. Costing $1.7 million, the teleport will provide two satellite uplinks, one each for the two major satellite operating bands. It will be one of two teleports in the state supporting the K-20 telecommunications system that will carry signals to Pullman to be uplinked.
Contact: Dennis Haarsager, Educational Telecommunications and Technology, 335-6530.

Quality of Life Conference Speakers William Benson and Susan Horn will be available for media interviews at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, at the conference registration desk in Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park. Benson is the acting principal deputy assistant secretary for aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Horn is senior scientist for the Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research at International Severity Information Systems Inc.
Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), chairman of the House Science Committee, will visit the WSU campus Monday, Oct. 13. He will be available to answer reporters’ questions at a news availability at 1:15 p.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre.