Education - Technology

Purpose:

 

The mission of the committee is to connect EODA members to the education and technology resources available in the 16 county region we serve.

 

Committee Co-Chairs:

Mary Kaufmann - Muskingum University

Greg Adams - Mayor of New Concord

 

The EODA Education Committee continued its work in 2015-2016 focused on supporting EODA through its mission to develop the region’s development in the area of business and education by:

1) Further help develop math skills for students in our region through “EODA’s Easy as Pi”supplemented by online tools from the Khan Academy. 2) Build bridges with the business community to help foster communication and Mark Ciccarelli and Matt Abbott. understanding between education and the business world. “Easy as Pi” is a program that encourages kids to work together to learn math as a team. EODA provides funds to sponsor these programs, and we deeply appreciate each teacher who is willing to programmatically lead the event in each school. In the 2015-2016 school year, we have 42 total people involved in the program this year (38 Students and 4teachers).

Tuscarawas County - Newcomerstown (13 students, 1 Teacher) Muskingum County - Tri-Valley (12 students, 1 Teacher) Coshocton County - Coshocton (6 students, 1 Teacher)

Perry County - New Lexington (7 Students, 1 Teacher)

 

The “Easy as Pi” program started 4 years ago and runs each year from the fall to the spring ending with a celebration party in April or May with prizes, pizza and a gift of a personalized T-Shirt to recognize the hard work and effort of each student in the program. Since the program’s launch we have supported the math skills development for 85 students. Our committee has a goal to have one math team in each of the 16 counties that the EODA serves.

The Committee also focuses on how we can help our counties build bridges between business and edu- cation. There are a few tangible examples of programming offered to support this goal in our EODA re- gion. Zane State College offers a variety of summer programming to helps kids to get a glimpse of what future opportunities await them in our region in the area of manufacturing. The Coshocton Port authority, JFS, and the City of Coshocton hosts a summer manufacturing kid’s camp for 7-8th graders in the Coshocton area. Also our committee held a meeting in Columbus in which a variety of interested leaders in the region gathered on this topic. We collected a list of resources that may help us enhance aware- ness and understanding of educational methods needed to prepare our youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

 

A sampling of the resources we gathered to share with the EODA are as follows. Believe in Ohio found at believeinohio.org is a free new program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future. Venture Highway found at venturehighway.com is an Entrepreneurial Education firm founded by entrepreneurs located in Columbus, Ohio. Leader in ME found at theleaderinme.org develops student leaders with 21st century skills. The Leader in Me is an innovative,school-wide model that enables educators to unleash each child's full potential. Junior Achievementfound at juniorachievement.org is a non profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer. YoungEntrepreneursprogramming can be found at entrepreneur.com or youthbiz.org and they offer middle and high school youth a contin- uum of dedicated programming, both in and after school, and in partnership with a broad range of commu- nity partners, that challenges them to build entrepreneurial skills and habits through actual business ownership

The committee meets monthly by teleconference. It is currently chaired by Greg Adams and Mary Kaufmann and includes Paul Prater, Kellie Brown, Joe Farrell, Cindi Kerschbaumer, John Lowe, Bill Beisel, Paul Prater; James Schoch; Ed Tester, Jeff Ohler, Dorothy Skowrunski; Joanne Pickrell, Mike Whitson, Mark Ciccarelli and Matt Abbott.