MSU’s wood magic fair enchants fourth graders

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> MISSISSIPPI STATE — Wood is a major part of Americans’ daily lives. In fact, wood consumption in the U.S. is five and a half pounds per person per day. This is just one of the fascinating facts fourth graders will discover about wood when they visit Mississippi State University’s Wood Magic Science Fair.
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> MSU will host about 4,000 children, teachers and visitors Oct. 6 through 10. They will learn about forestry, sustainable bioproducts and wildlife.
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> The weeklong event will be at MSU’s Sustainable Bioproducts Complex, formerly the Forest Products Laboratory, at 201 Locksley Way in Starkville.
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> The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by the MSU College of Forest Resources, the MSU Extension Service, the Mississippi Forestry Association and the Mississippi Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
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> Children will visit 12 stations including “Sawmill,” “OSB and Plywood Making,” “Bubbling Bazookas” and “Chem-is-tree,” where they will learn about topics such as lumber manufacturing, composites, wood preservation and tree variation, among others. Students also will participate in activities that teach them about a variety of wood properties and products, papermaking and furniture manufacturing, just to name a few.
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> For more information on the Wood Magic Science Fair, contact David Jones at 662-325-8454 or david.jones@msstate.edu. Details about each station can be found at http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestp/wmsf.