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|TechFest Today at Sandburg Mall
|What is being called a great opportunity to celebrate technology will be on display today at Sandburg Mall. The third annual TechFest will be highlighting different technologies including the latest advances in the field, with many vendors and companies showing and explaining their products. The displays and vendors will be both inside and outside the mall with outside displays such as the Microsoft Across American Truck and Cisco's Network on Wheels Van, both of which are bringing new gadgets and helping explain their current technologies.
Director of the Prairie Tech Learning Center in Monmouth, Linda Lee Blaine, is organizing the displays in the mall and tells WGIL the annual TechFest continues its growth every year. "This year, our educational host is Knox (College), but we kind of outgrew the space," Blaine said. "So we moved to the Sandburg Mall and they have been wonderful to work with." Monmouth College was last year's educational host, Blaine said.
The TechFest has nearly 40 displays in the mall including a variety of topics including alternative energy, lasik surgery, a floppy disk toss and a hybrid vehicle on display. There are even fun exhibits for the kids featuring the Sony Playstation and Nintendo Wii gaming consoles and even an Atari on display for gaming on a big screen TV. Blaine says this is a great way to showcase area technology for kids showing them they don't have to go to big cities like Chicago or St. Louis to have a high tech career.
The Tech-Fest is at the Sandburg Mall today from 2pm to 5:30pm and is free and open to the public.
|11 06 08 by Newsroom
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