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Computing, informational sciences coordinator presents new educational games

According to K-State Today, Nathan Bean, coordinator in computing and information science, will present two educational games that are meant to stimulate farming and assist in teaching phonemic awareness to children.

The Smartfarm software shows students how to plan their own farms and agricultural practices. Virtual planting, irrigating, rotating, tilling, harvesting and more gives students an idea of what farming is like. Students can also investigate and manipulate the nutrients and pollutants moving through the ecosystem.

Technology known as Sifteo Cubes communicate wirelessly to teach children phonemic awareness. Sensors determine when the cubes are moved, touched and placed next to each other for kinetic learning. Computer science students and the College of Engineering will be working together to develop the applications to run the cubes.

Bean will present the games in Bluemont Hall today at noon.

High school students see College of Education documentary

A group of Hugoton High School students came to visit K-State last Friday. During their visit from Hugoton, Kansas, they saw the College of Education’s documentary, “A Walk in My Shoes: First-Generation College Students.”

“Personal stories are very powerful,” Mark Crawford, USD 210 superintendent, said.

Crawford said the documentary helped students see personal success stories that they might not see in their own families. According to Crawford, many of the families of students at Hugoton High might not be college graduates, so these students need to see the success of college students that come from similar backgrounds.

“(The Hugoton High students) can be time travelers,” Crawford said. “They need to envision where they want to go (in the future).”

The students had the opportunity to meet with former Hugoton students and listen to their stories. Crawford said that he and the other advisers are very proud of those students’ success.

Man identified after airboat crash on Tuttle Creek Lake

Late Saturday night, a man was found in Tuttle Creek Lake according to WIBW. The man was alive, but suffered from hypothermia when finally pulled out of the water by a passerby. He was later identified as Clark Linders, of Manhattan.

Linders was taken to a Topeka hospital and no further information has ben released.

Emporia fire leaves parts without electricity

Parts of Emporia, Kansas experienced an electrical outage after fire was reported to have damaged some equipment in a Westar Energy substation.

According to Associated Press, the cause of the outage has not yet been determined. More than 3,700 residents were without power in the early hours of Tuesday; most of the power was restored by 5 a.m. The outage affected areas including Emporia State University, as well as parts of Lyon and Coffey counties.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary resigns

Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is resigning effective at the end of the month, according to Kansas Health Institute News Services.

Moser has worked for the department since 2011 and practiced medicine before that. According to the news services, Moser sent an email to the department staff to announce his resignation on Monday. He said that though it was a difficult decision, it is the right one for him and his family.

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