Try out computing ware March 4 at TTU's Technolgy Day

Got a computer question? You'll likely find an answer -- and a whole lot more -- at a whiz-bang day of computer demonstrations and sessions at Tennessee Technological University.

The university's seventh annual Technology Day enables area residents to explore for themselves what high tech has to offer through hands-on displays, talks with vendors and sessions focused on an array of technological topics. The free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the University Center Multipurpose Room.

About 20 vendors are expected, including such top names as Digital Equipment Corporation, Dell, Novell and Powersoft, along with a number of area computer retailers and Internet service providers. Also on hand will be booths showing how Tennessee Tech departments and offices are using the latest computing technology to enhance student instruction, research and service.

While visitors browse, they can have their picture taken and placed on the World Wide Web, surf the web at an Internet Cafe, register for door prizes and enjoy refreshments. And they can attend information sessions. Topics to be featured include:

"This is a great opportunity to see where the future of technology is headed and participate in sessions that can help you make your personal and professional information management easier and more productive," said event coordinator Jeff Gold, academic computing support manager for the university. "It's also a lot of fun, with popcorn, prizes and plenty of opportunities to try out the technology for yourself."

Technology Day is the centerpiece of a new, week-long observance at Tennessee Tech presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and the university's D.W. Mattson Computer Center. Technology Instruction and Education Exchange Week, March 3 through 7, showcases how faculty are incorporating computer technology into their lectures and labs with classroom demonstrations scheduled throughout the week. Subjects range from teaching English composition with computers to applications of programs that support symbolic, numeric and graphical mathematical computation.

"We have a core group of faculty and staff who are inviting other members of the university community to come to their classes to see them at work," says Kriste Lindenmeyer, associate professor of history and chair of the committee coordinating the demonstrations. "They'll also give separate presentations outside their classrooms about using computers and multimedia technology to enhance learning."

A contest challenging students to design web pages is also part of the effort, and visitors at Technology Day will be able to review the students' work. More information on Technology Day and the week-long observance is available at Tennessee Tech's web site.