Education and Technology Committee
Chairpersons: Mary Kaufmann and Greg Adams
The EODA Education Committee continued its work in 2016-2017 focused on supporting EODA through its mission to develop the region’s development in the area of business and education by:
- Further help develop math skills for students in our region through “EODA’s Easy as Pi” supplemented by online tools from the Khan Academy.
- Build bridges with the business community to help foster communication and 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.
We are pleased to share that the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has shown great interest in the promise of the EODA, Easy as Pi program and is in the process of finalizing a grant to support the growth and expansion of the program. The expansion would include not only growth to reach more teams in other EODA supported counties but also to fund a part-time contractor to lead the coordination efforts of the program.
In the 2016-2017 school year, we have 29 total people involved in the program this year (26 Students and 3 teachers).
- Tuscarawas County – Newcomerstown (10 students, 1 Teacher)
- Muskingum County – Tri-Valley (10 students, 1 Teacher)
- Perry County – New Lexington (6 Students, 1 Teacher)
The “Easy as Pi” program started 5 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 132 students. Our committee has a goal to have one math team in each of the 16 counties that the EODA serves.
The committee meets monthly by teleconference. It is currently chaired by Greg Adams and Mary Kaufmann and includes Paul Prater, Kellie Brown, Bill Beisel, James Schoch, Dorothy Skowrunski, and Matt Abbott.
The Committee also focuses on how we can help our counties build bridges between business and education.
We are looking into options to partnering with other local and state teams that are exploring these same goals. Over that past few years, we collected a list of resources that may help us enhance awareness 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 the leaderinme.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 Achievement found 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. Young Entrepreneurs programming can be found at entrepreneur.com or youthbiz.org and they offer middle and high school youth a continuum of dedicated programming, both in and after school, and in partnership with a broad range of community partners, that challenges them to build entrepreneurial skills and habits through actual business ownership.