7 Days of STEM

OH WOW! is eager to announce and invite you to participate in the 2nd Youngstown Regional Science & Technology Festival – 7 Days of STEM scheduled for September 17 – 23, 2017 and our 7th Silly Science Sunday on September 17, 2017.
 
The 7-day community celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics will:
  • Provide a variety of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities rooted in STEM;
  • Showcase STEM events, organizations, institutions, professionals, & businesses in Youngstown and surrounding area; 
  • Energize inquisitiveness and provoke curiosity in the minds of learners of all ages in the greater Mahoning Valley and beyond.

Our planning team is thrilled to hear what STEM events you have planned for this fall, and to see if they fit into the festival’s mission. As a participating organization, your event information will be adequately promoted and be included in all festival materials at no cost to you. OH WOW! is powering the festival with the assistance of the planning team, and looks forward to highlighting all of the STEM educational opportunities happening in our community!

To be considered for the festival schedule, please fill out the request for entry form and submit it as soon as possible to our Festival Coordinator, events@ohwowkids.org or fax (330) 259-0258. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, (330) 744-5914.

For more information and a schedule of events, check out the OH WOW! website. Bring the whole family any day of the week!

7 Days of STEM

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The 7 Days of STEM Festival will be seven whole days of celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. The festival, which will be held September 15-21, will be an exciting hands-on, critical thinking celebration that includes ‘walking on water,’ STEM student for a day, and much more. All of these activities are in preparation for Silly Science Sunday!

YSU STEM is involved with many of the different activities this year. We are offering activities for more than just children though. One of our biggest events will be a Lecture Series with Dr. Thomas Serenko, who, just this last year, was awarded Outstanding Alumnus at the STEM Awards dinner. On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Serenko will be speaking on the The Utica and Point Pleasant Shale industry from a geological and historical point of view. To register for this event, please contact Jenifer Miller at 330.941.4635.

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The Summer Manufacturing Institute!

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Mr. Harris helping the students build a pizza box circuit. More pictures below.

The Youngstown area is busy with both new and old industry. These industries work together to form our economy, but it is the job of educators and the community to bridge the gap between our children and industry. The Summer Manufacturing Institute, a collaborative effort between OH WOW!, The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office, Youngstown City Schools, and the YWCA of Youngstown, did just that; it bridged the gap between students and future careers in manufacturing.

The Summer Manufacturing Institute is a pilot program this year that introduced children, from grades four through six, to the wonders and possibilities of careers in manufacturing. While most programs of its kind focus on children in grades six and above, the collaborators believed it would be more beneficial to focus on children a little bit younger. Continue reading “The Summer Manufacturing Institute!”

STEM Leadership Society: Making You a Success

By: Teresa McKinney

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A group of SLS members take a break from working on a house to take a picture.

“Making you a success.” Youngstown State University STEM Leadership Society, known on campus as SLS, is working to do just that for its members—the top students in YSU’s STEM college. SLS was created to provide outstanding students with the tools to grow and develop into leaders in their respective STEM fields. The organization is working to become a presence both on campus and in the community. It offers members the opportunity to have a supportive network of peers and faculty that will help pave the way for a successful, undergraduate experience at YSU.

STEM Leadership Society is a student organization that gives students the tools to succeed. One of its main goals is to convince top high school seniors of that YSU is the university for them. Continue reading “STEM Leadership Society: Making You a Success”

STEM Awards Dinner

Awardees gather for a picture.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, was the evening for the Fourth Annual College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Awards Dinner, at Youngstown State University (YSU). The event, which has grown tremendously since its induction, acknowledges the success of exceptional STEM alumni, and friends of the college, who have demonstrated a commitment in furthering the accomplishments of YSU STEM students.

This year, there were seven awardees honored. In the outstanding alumni categories were Harry Bircher, professor of geological and environmental sciences at YSU; Dr. Peyman Givi, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Matt Ragan, Senior Controls Engineer at Lockheed Martin, in Akron, Ohio; and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Babcock & Wilcox Co., Mary Pat Salamone.

Attendants gather for a photo.

Dr. Connie Hathorn, Superintendent of Youngstown City School’s was honored as the outstanding education leader. Moreover, Roger and Gloria Jones of Fireline Inc. and The OH, WOW! Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, in Youngstown, Ohio, were awarded outstanding community partners, for their dedication to YSU and the Mahoning Valley.

OH Wow Fundraiser

OH Wow, the Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, held a fundraiser in downtown Youngstown on September 25, 2011, promoting science and technology for younger children.  The STEM College participated by hosting a tent, packed with examples of projects STEM students have engaged in over the years.  Over 600 attendees came to the event and sampled the activities, including all of the exhibits contained within the Center itself, as well as a broad array of activities occurring on the street. The musical group, Hey Kid, also was present to offer children’s songs as part of the afternoon.

Families at Oh Wow! fundraiser learn about the fun kinds of rocks and minerals on display.

The College was well-represented, displaying the Concrete Canoe , the Steel Bridge, the singing Tesla Coil, a wind turbine,  the supermileage vehicle, a display of minerals courtesy of the Smith Museum, and the solar telescope.  Prof. Ray Beiersdorfer presented his amazing sideshow of science, and brought a collection of Madagascar hissing cockroaches that caught the attention of the young guests.  Children and parents lined the street to see all of the activities, and the weather cooperated, giving everyone a wonderful afternoon of science and technology in downtown Youngstown.  The STEM College was pleased to be able to support this event, enhancing the stature of STEM in our community and expanding the interest for our future engineers and scientists.