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1/30/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

APS Science Expo rescheduled for Feb. 7

NORTH AKRON — The annual Akron Public Schools (APS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Expo, originally scheduled for Jan. 25 at North High School on Gorge Boulevard, has been rescheduled for Feb. 8.

The event is expected to draw 663 students displaying 450 projects. This is the 58th year for the showcase of science and technology. Each year it provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of science, math and technology. Judges plan to peruse the projects from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m., then interview students from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to view the exhibition from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Set-up will be Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Participating schools from the West Side Leader’s coverage area include: Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC) 7-8, Litchfield Middle School, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, National Inventors Hall of Fame® School … Center for STEM Learning, Buchtel CLC 9-12; Firestone and STEM high schools and Akron Early College.

In addition, physics students from all APS high schools will display work on bridge-building projects in the school’s gym. The bridge competition attracted 237 additional students and 130 bridges this year. Also at the Expo this year will be more than a dozen interactive booths from APS Career Education programs, scientific societies, engineering societies and more. In the North High Little Theater, the Cleveland Film Festival will be viewing the Oscar-winning short films from 2012.

For details on the expo, visit www.akronschools.com/departments/ci/teaching-and-learning/science/science-fair or contact Katrina Halasa at khalasa@akron.k12.oh.us, 330-761-3117 or 330-701-2985.


Sensory story time offered at Northwest Branch Library

WEST AKRON — The Northwest Branch Library has launched a program offering educational, literacy and social opportunities for children of all ages with differing abilities, their siblings, parents/caregivers and their typically developing peers.

“We engage participants through the use of story, music and movement,” said Library Branch Manager Tricia Twarogowski. “Our program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants, as well as a half-hour of socialization time for the entire family’s enjoyment.”

Northwest Branch Library is located at 1720 Shatto Ave. Call 330-836-1081 for details.

The pilot program was Jan. 18. Upcoming program dates are Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17 and June 21.

The library is partnering with the Autism Society of Greater Akron to bring this program to the community. The Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children granted financial resources to support the initiative.

For details or to register for the program, call Twarogowski at 330-643-4702. The classes are offered monthly on the third Saturday. Participants are asked to choose between two class times, either 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Both classes contain the same content.


OSLN-Akron Hub, Goodyear presenting professional development series

AKRON — The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN)-Akron Hub has announced The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. awarded a $20,000 grant to support the Akron Hub’s Spring 2014 Professional Development Series.

With this grant, Goodyear will serve as a title sponsor for the series, which features science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshops based largely on the professional development of the learning coaches (teachers) at Akron Public Schools’ National Inventors Hall of Fame® School Center for STEM Learning. Designed to implement Ohio’s New Learning Standards through a STEM-focused learning environment, these sessions can be taken on an individual basis or collectively to maximize and increase participating educators’ STEM capacity.

“The goal of these sessions is to help educators learn effective and sustainable STEM practices so they can implement these innovative and creative concepts in their classrooms,” said OSLN-Akron Hub Director Alison White. “Ultimately, by providing these professional development sessions for educators, Goodyear and the Akron Hub want to impact students so they may become creative problem-solvers, 21st-century thinkers and entrepreneurs through the use of rigorous STEM content.”

The Akron Hub’s Spring 2014 Professional Development Series provides sessions related to digital literacy, problem-based learning, professional learning communities for curriculum assessment and instruction for 21st-century learners and innovative leadership. Continuing education units or graduate credits from The University of Akron are available for educators who complete a workshop in full.

“Goodyear continues to be a generous corporate partner of STEM initiatives,” said Akron  Public Schools Superintendent David James. “We extend our gratitude to the company for its contribution — not only to students interested in STEM, but, we hope, also to the future of its own work force.”

“Through Goodyear’s continued support, educators with any level of STEM capacity can benefit from attending the Akron Hub’s high-quality, effective professional development sessions,” White said. “This allows the Akron Hub to serve a significant purpose in the community and amplify and accelerate STEM education to even more teachers and students.”

For more information on how a district can benefit from Goodyear’s support or to learn more about the Akron Hub’s Spring 2014 Professional Development Series, visit www.AkronSTEM.org.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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