2000 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants Projects
Total Funding for 2000: $32,358
Outreach to Urban and Suburban Elementary Students: “Scarlet and Gray Ag. Day” ($7,500)
David Zartman, Animal Sciences Human and Community Resource Development, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
The purpose behind Scarlet and Gray Ag Day is to introduce agricultural literacy and appreciation and to show students the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their life and future. Elementary students take part in learning centers that incorporated hands-on learning activities, allowing them to dye wool, see the inside of a cow’s stomach, experiment with fuel cells, check for egg fertility, and conduct experiments testing the basic properties of water. Teachers are given hands-on experience and lesson plans using food, agricultural, and environmental principles that meet schools’ academic content standards. More than 600 fifth-graders attended the 2001 event, which was run with the help of more than 150 student volunteers.
TeensLook@Health: Teaming Teens, Teachers, and Technology to Deliver Credible Health Information to Today’s Youth ($10,000)
Brenda Rose, Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Public Health
Through a partnership with medical students and faculty from three Ohio universities, high school students schooled their peers in health issues by developing interactive pages for NetWellness, a consumer health website that provides information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at Ohio State, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati. Teams of 40 high school students and 20 medical students produced 13 projects. Faculty from Ohio State and UC then reviewed their work, with 11 of the projects approved for the NetWellness website. At a culmina0ting event, Celebrating Talents in Technology, two students were awarded $500 scholarships for their reflections on how their participation influenced their health choices and those of their peers. The peer-to-peer aspect of the project resulted in engaging, relevant health information that is more likely to be used by teens.
Make It! Sell It! Give It! A Youth Entrepreneurial and Service Project ($5,458)
Bridgett Sloan, College of Human Ecology
This 5-week pilot program focused on comptuer skill development, team building, problem solving, and introduction to business operations was attended by 23 youth from the Weinland Park community adjacent to Ohio State. Participants learned computer skills and business operations related to custom embroidery. They also conducted a service project, designing and making t-shirts given to children at the Homeless Families Foundation.
Contemporary Music Festival 2001 ($5,000)
Donald Harris, College of the Arts
With the support of this grant, the 2001 edition of the Contemporary Music Festival took one of its concerts to the annual conference of the Ohio Music Educators Association in Columbus. Featured guest composer Lukas Foss conducted the OSU Symphony Orchestra for elementary and secondary school music teachers and students attending the conference.
Building a Collaborative Community Learning Project($4,400)
Richard Dempsey, OSU Lima