Local education from the perspective of citizens and students
Friendly creatures and familiar characters will greet children on the Trick or Treat Trail, a fundraiser hosted by the learners and families of National Inventor Hall of Fame STEM High School. The parent-supported advocacy group, Akron Advocates for STEM Learning, and learners have teamed up to present Trick or Treat Trail to take place Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NIHF STEM High School located at 123 S. Forge St. in Akron.
The family-friendly event will offer indoor trick or treat, games, crafts, live entertainment, food and a basket raffle.
“National Inventor Hall of Fame STEM High School seeks to engage Akron area communities for a fun Halloween celebration. We are excited to open the doors to local families for this special event," said Instructional Leader Larry Johnson Jr. "This event is designed to be fun for everyone; especially children from walking age to Grade 5."
Spring Garden Waldorf School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, have joined forces to feed West Akron on Wednesdays. Produce grown and harvested by students and their families at Spring Garden school is donated to St. Paul’s community meal – a free sitdown dinner where all are welcome for food and fellowship.
Spring Garden was able to donate 50 pounds of potatoes the children recently harvested for the fall meals.
Suzanne Smaltz, volunteer at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, said, "The longer we host the dinners the more stories we hear; the needs of our local community are many and varied. One young woman was excited that it was a true community dinner and she didn’t feel as if she were accepting a handout. Another guest who attends regularly was absent for a few weeks, and one of her friends let our clergy know that the woman had been ill in the hospital. She had visits not only from the clergy, but from some of the members of St. Paul's. We are happy that she has been able to return to our community meals.”
Cars taste wonderful, don’t they? The salty crunch of the axle rod, the chocolate tread of tires on the tongue, the tang of the sun-dried dash, cotton-candied cushions and licorice wires tangled in the teeth.
This is just a taste of what 31 local middle-school girls are doing this week at The University of Akron’s Multiply Your Options camp, where aspiring engineers tour local engineering firms, digest the basics of the profession and, of course, craft edible cars.
“The girls learn design basics and start building their cars on the first day,” said Heidi Cressman, camp host and director of UA’s Women in Engineering program. “On the second day, they learn about the environmental impact on materials, in the forms of wilting cucumbers and sticky lifesaver (candy) wheels. That’s when their problem-solving skills are put to the test.”
Buchtel Community Learning Center will host a public event featuring two survivors of historical atrocities as part of its history and English students’ Promise Project. El Fadel Arbab, a Darfur genocide survivor, and Leo Silberman, a Holocaust survivor, will appear May 23 at 6 p.m.
The event is free and also will feature displays and artwork by the students involved in The Promise Project.
The Promise Project is under the direction of Kristy Nelson and Drew Hoisington, English and history teachers, respectively. The two instructors co-teach a class called American Studies, with the goal of engaging their students with community-based projects. The Buchtel PTA is a sponsor of this event.
Tallmadge Middle School was visited last month by Shannon Anicas, an American who, thanks to a scholarship, was able to live in China for a year. For more on the speaker visit https://www.facebook.com/shannon.anicas?ref=tn_tnmn.
Here is her interview.
Do Chinese people use chopsticks for every meal?
Yes, they use them to cook with, too. By the time I left China, I was able to even eat ice cream with them.
Why is studying in China your passion?
I have always been fascinated with Asian culture because of my Grandfather. In 2008, because of the Olympics being in Beijing, there were many shows on television about China and I wanted to know more. When I returned to school that fall to get my degree, I chose to take as many classes as I could on China and Chinese culture.
Tallmadge Middle School students splash into the Philippines with guest speaker
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters from Tallmadge Middle School as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. On March 19, the students were visited by University of Akron Graduate student Leandro Venturia, an international student from the Philippines. While at the school he talked about life in the Philippines and shared facts about the country. After the presentation the TMS student reporters asked Leandro a few questions.)
If I were to visit the Philippines, what sites would I want to make sure not to miss?
Manila Bay, because it has what many say is the most beautiful and perfect sunset in the world. Also, I recommend the many beaches. There are white and black sand beaches and with over 7,000 separate islands that make up the Philippines, you have plenty of choices.
What do you miss about the Philippines?
I miss the warm tropical weather.
Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA) students were busy this winter improving their math skills and raising funds for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
OHDELA's National Junior Honor Society hosted a Math-A-Thon for students in kindergarten through eighth grade during January and February. The students who participated got sponsors in anticipation of completing a math "funbook" specific to the student's grade level. Once they completed the math "funbook," they collected their donations with prizes awarded to the top three fundraisers.
According to Jaeda Dancy, OHDELA student support coordinator, the school's goal was to raise $1,000 and the final amount raised was $3,869.
The University of Akron will host two interactive summer camps designed to give teenage girls a glimpse at engineering professions and a head start on a possible career path.
SEE UA! camp, which takes place June 9 - June 14, immerses high school-age girls in biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Students will work as teammates on design projects such as programming an LED display to function similarly to an LED scoreboard. Campers live in campus residence halls where UA upper-class engineering students serve as residence assistants. A day camp option also is available.
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters from Tallmadge Middle School as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. This report is a profile of visitors from the Ukraine, including Viktoriya Viktorivna Baltser, Vitaliy Mykolayovych Kravchuk, and Viktor Oleksiyovych Kvasov.)
What is it like to attend school in the Ukraine for students our age (6th grade)?
School is about the same with the same type of classes. Students attend school Monday through Friday. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a 45-minute long break that follows morning classes. For lunch you can either bring your own lunch or there is a buffet to choose from. The day ends at 1 or 2 p.m.
What type of government do you have? What do you like about this type of government?
They have similar laws in the Ukraine. There are 450 representatives in their parliamentary democratic government. Like the United States, their laws apply throughout the country.
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. This report is a profile of Maysam Sodagari, from Iran, and was researched and written by student reporters from Tallmadge Middle School.)
How is school in Iran similar and different to school in the United States?
In Iran 7:30 a.m. is when my school day starts. Five hours later at 12:30 p.m. my day is over. I liked school because I was smart, even though we spent the whole day listening to teachers with occasional breaks between lectures. There was also one school for boys and one for girls.
What sports are played in Iran?
Soccer and wrestling are the main sports played. I have attended a couple of national soccer games myself.
What is your favorite food here in America?
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