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2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Firestone Robotics Team wins at state competition

WEST AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) announced Feb. 24 that the Firestone Robotics Team won at a state competition the previous weekend.

Dan Spak’s students placed first in the design award, which is based on their robot, knowledge, presentation skills and engineering log, according to APS officials.

According to district officials, after two years in robotics, Firestone is in the top 400 of 8,000 VEX teams worldwide.


Students investigating sustainable solutions

NORTH AKRON — At the Akron Public Schools Science and Technology Fair Feb. 8 at North High School, 309 science projects created by elementary, middle and high school science students competed.

Two volunteer judges spent four hours selecting the science projects that addressed issues covered in the Greenprint for Akron sustainability goals and climate change strategies outlined for the government and the community. They were Carl Safreed, P.E., Air Pollution Control Division of the Canton City Health Department, and Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) Board member Kevin Lockett.

The first-place Greenprint for Akron $250 award went to Grace Julien, a seventh-grader at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School … Center for STEM Learning. She developed her winning project under the supervision of Coach Christine Justiss. Her project was called “Roof Top Temperatures.”

The second-place $100 Greenprint award went to Conner Mullins, also a seventh-grader at the same school and with the same coach. He won with his project titled “The Effects of Aquaponics, Sand and Soil on Plants.”

The third-place $50 Greenprint Akron award went to David Smethers, who is a senior at Ellet High School. He worked with his teacher Joseph DeAngelis to develop his project called “Water — What Are You Paying For?”

For additional information on the Greenprint for Akron program, visit the website www.keepakronbeautiful.org/greenprint.


UA Center for Family Studies hosting speaker on gender violence

DOWNTOWN AKRON —The University of Akron (UA) Center for Family Studies and the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties are presenting “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” a lecture and discussion with Jackson Katz, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St.

The presentation is free for UA students and $10 for community members. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are general admission. Also, the Center for Family Studies expects to soon launch an early registration system on its website at www.uakron.edu/cfs, though registration was not yet available on the website as of press time.

Katz is an educator, author and internationally acclaimed lecturer who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy, according to UA officials. Katz is cofounder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), a widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America, UA officials said. Katz also is the creator of the film “Tough Guise” and author of “The Macho Paradox” and “Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood.” He lectures across the United States and around the world on violence, media and masculinities, according to UA officials.

For more information, call the Center for Family Studies at 330-972-7725.


Ariel Hakim and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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