The National Inventors Hall of Fame® School Center for Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) celebrated the 2013 Chinese New Year (the year of the snake) on Friday, Feb. 15, with a student-led program featuring interactive performances and displays of Chinese culture. Student activities included a Chinese lion and dragon dance, piano and violin performances of traditional Chinese New Year music, Chinese New Year vocal song routines, and a traditional Chinese dress/fan fashion show. Others invited to participate were the Cleveland Chinese School, a University of Akron student who lived in China for a year and two martial arts groups. In China, the new year celebration lasts 15 days.
Akron social activist and former deputy mayor Dorothy Ola Jackson spoke to APS students on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the third annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program. Akron Public Schools Superintendent David W. James introduced Mrs. Jackson, the first African-American woman to serve in an Akron mayor's cabinet. The HistoryMakers, a national non-profit group, collects the stories of African-Americans. Successful African-Americans will speak to students across the country on Friday as living examples of the importance of committing to education and fighting apathy, underachievement and delinquency in schools.
Susan Hall, Media Specialist and Digital Literacy Learning Coach for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Center for STEM Learning, is an advocate for an innovative approach to getting learners interested in reading. As the culmination of their summer reading event, Coach Hall has her students begin by choosing and reading a book over the summer. Once class resumes, the students must try to "sell" that book to their peers. This event is set up similar to a speed dating format; but, instead of selling themselves, they are selling a book (or story) to their classmates. The students have one minute to cajole, entice and convince their classmates to read their book using only props and their own passion for the story.
STEM sixth-grader and Time Warner "Coolest Creations" contest winner, Noah Carillon
STEM eighth-grader and semi-finalist for National Science Fair, Adam Ben-Porath
The National Inventor's Hall of Fame STEM School in association with the All American Soap Box Derby hosted a race between several area schools on May 27. Learn about the benefits of the Soap Box Derby as a problem-based learning activity and see all the hard work that went into preparing for the event. You can see the entire race on APS-15!
STEM choir director Kimberly Shama-Hanna led the STEM choir in a recording of "Stand Against Bullying," an original song composed by Kimberly Shama-Hanna to promote a positive anti-bullying message for Akron Public Schools.
Superintendent David James and members of the board address APS implementing bold and innovative transformation plans at Buchtel/Perkins CLC, Akron Opportunity Center (AOC) and Bridges Learning Center.
NIHF-STEM learner Isaac Smith
NIHF-STEM learner Kylie Sees