PITTSBURG, Ks. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly was one of the many big names having a blast at Friday’s grand opening of the PSU Block 22 Pitsco Idea Shop in Pittsburg.
Instead of a ribbon cutting, PSU representatives and other state and local officials raced CO2-powered dragsters that were built in the idea shop by local students.
these smaller speedsters are also an homage to Pitsco’s past.
“It’s one of Pitsco’s first products. It’s a product that launched Pitsco Education in a lot of respects, 50 years ago,” said PSU Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato.
The idea shop is open to anyone who pays for a membership and features tech including 3-d printers, laser engravers, and more that 4-state entrepreneurs and innovators can use to bring their ideas to life.
A PSU freshman who helped area 6th through 12th graders construct their cars says she’s already inspired and looking forward to tinkering in the shop.
“I think that’d be a really fun experience to do. I’m not the most handy person but I think it’s really cool to see what the kids can come in and do, and kind of learn from them,” said freshman Alyssa VanWey.
Later in the day, the local students who constructed the CO2-powered dragsters got to stop by the idea shop and race them for prizes.