K’NEX Brands and NASTAR Announce New Product Development

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Resulting in New K’NEX Education Products

We’re thrilled to be associated with the NASTAR Center and expect this development effort to yield some ‘out of this world’ educational building sets that assist teachers and engage kids

K’NEX Brands, the US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, and the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR®) Center, a non-government, world-class aerospace training facility, are pleased to announce a new product development effort.

As part of the effort, K’NEX will use its experience in educational set development to create new education products based on the unique aerospace equipment which resides at the NASTAR Center. The new products developed from this collaboration will address important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts which are vital for insuring that students are globally competitive.

“We’re thrilled to be associated with the NASTAR Center and expect this development effort to yield some ‘out of this world’ educational building sets that assist teachers and engage kids,” said K’NEX CEO and President Michael Araten.

”This set will provide an engaging and exciting educational resource for students. We hope this will inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields,” commented William F. Mitchell, President and CEO of Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC), NASTAR’s parent company.

The first product to result from this partnership, an aeronautics-based physical science set for middle school students, will debut in early 2012 and will compliment the existing K’NEX Education line. For more information visit K’NEX Education at http://www.knexeducation.com.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com.

About NASTAR Center
The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC®). NASTAR Center is a state-of-the-art aerospace training, research, and educational facility dedicated in improving the health and safety of humans in extreme conditions. NASTAR Center serves military aviation (fixed and rotary wing), civil aviation (fixed and rotary wing), space travel (government and private) and provides research support for component and human factors testing. For more information, please visit http://www.nastarcenter.com

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