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2/16/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Open enrollment begins for new STEM high school

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) will accept applications for the new Akron STEM High School through March 5.

The school is scheduled to open this fall in a part of the former Central-Hower High School building at 123 S. Forge St. The first class will include ninth-graders only. All National Inventors Hall of Fame School ... Center for STEM Learning students who wish to attend will automatically be included. In addition, APS expects to accept about 35 new students by lottery, bringing the total number of ninth-grade students to approximately 100.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School, 199 S. Broadway St. APS representatives will answer questions and discuss the STEM program and what type of student would likely thrive at the high school.

When fully implemented with grades nine through 12, the district plans for a student body of between 400 and 450 students.

For additional information, call Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams at 330-761-2925.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio Announces JA Titan Challenge

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Junior Achievement (JA) of North Central Ohio Titan Challenge will take place Feb. 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gary and Karen Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, located on the fifth floor of the Polsky Building at The University of Akron.

Using JA Titan, an online business educational program, student teams will have the opportunity to create, manage and operate their own virtual businesses, according to JA officials.

Twenty-four student teams from area high schools will participate in the event, including: East, Archbishop Hoban, Copley, Ellet, Garfield, Highland, Hudson, Nordonia and Stow-Munroe Falls high schools.

According to JA officials, by pairing each team with an area business mentor, students will be able to see how the principles they learn during the JA Titan Challenge are applicable in the real world. During the virtual competition, students will experience how success or failure of a business depends on how well they manage key decisions such as pricing, marketing strategies and research and development investments. Through this, students come to a better understanding of the competitive nature of the free enterprise system, according to JA officials.

Winning teams will have the chance to receive both cash and scholarship prizes, according to JA officials. The overall winner of the JA Titan Challenge will advance to the JA Titan U.S. Virtual Competition this April to compete for the title of national champion.

For details, call 330-434-1875 or visit www.jaofnco.ja.org.

— By Maria Lindsay

Area eighth grade students invited to apply to MEDCAMP

RAVENNA — Area eighth-grade students will have the opportunity to experience life as health professions students at MEDCAMP July 12-14 at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Applicants are being sought for 50 open spots.

The program is a three-day intensive immersion experience for students who have demonstrated achievement in science and an interest in a health professions career. Students selected to participate in MEDCAMP must reside in Summit, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Richland, Stark, Tuscarawas, Trumbull or Wayne counties.

MEDCAMP, now in its 22nd year, is designed to provide “hands-on” experiences in biomedical science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy. Students join physicians, pharmacists, NEOMED students, faculty and researchers in performing applied activities, including taking blood pressures, reading EKGs, working in the pharmacy lab and identifying bacteria under a microscope. Students also complete a case study on a fictitious patient.

The program is sponsored by Ohio’s Region III Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Applicants must be current eighth-grade students (will have completed eighth grade at the time of MEDCAMP) who excel in science and math. Potential participants may be nominated for the program by a teacher or guidance counselor or may nominate themselves.

First consideration is given to applicants from groups under-represented in health care professions.

Information about MEDCAMP and applications can be found online at www.neomed.edu/medcamp or by calling 330-325-6584. Applications are due to the NEOMED AHEC office by April 15.

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