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Capstone Brings Virtual Reality to Elementary Students

Our Lady of Rosary students experienced virtual reality thanks to a Senior Capstone Project. Kyle Hixenbaugh, Hugo Sigona-Gonzalez and Bradley Walker invited a class from OLR to learn more about virtual reality on Wednesday, February 15.

"The students used three different applications on VR headsets," Hixenbaugh explained. "One related to human cells, another on climate change and the carbon cycle, and the last one was about the solar system. We also had a bridge building simulation on computers for the students to try."

STEMM Idol: Jennifer Ward

“I want students to understand what internships and co-ops can do and the importance of learning about the job before graduation,” the most recent STEMM Idol Speaker, Jennifer Ward of Norwood Medical, shared prior to her presentation on Tuesday, January 31. Ward is an industrial engineer with the Dayton company.

“I look at the processing of product, root cause analysis, I facilitate projects, and I look at the work makeup,” Ward said were some of her responsibilities.

STEMM Idol: Kanesha Hall

Future engineers can test drive their passion for the subject over the summer with an elite opportunity through Clark State Community College. The school is a host site for an Engineering Innovation four-week course through Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering.

STEMM Idol: John Razauskas '11

Redesigning a yogurt cup may not seem like a large undertaking, but for John Razauskas '11, a project engineer at the Dannon Company, it was a $6 million project. Razauskas talked with students about this project and the steps he took to become a project engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on December 13.

Razauskas said by the end of his senior year at CJ, he had a passion to be an engineer. He also told students that being involved in several school activities helped prepare him for his career.

STEMM Idol: Michael Uhl

Taking advantages of opportunities helped Michael Uhl, the COO of Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, get to where he is today and where he’ll be in the future. Uhl shared what those opportunities were and how they didn’t necessarily coincide with his original career path when he spoke with students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series last month.

STEMM Idol: Emily Heckman '97

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”  - Mother Teresa

That message was what Emily Laubacher Heckman '97, Senior Electronics Research Engineer at Wright Patt Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory conveyed to students when she spoke to them as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on November 15.

"I wanted to stress work-life balance," Heckman explained. "I have three young kids but I still feel like I have a meaningful career.

CJ Hosts PLTW Teacher Training Courses

While school may be out of session for students over the summer, many teachers from around the nation are taking the opportunity to learn new curriculum through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course training. While the PLTW Ohio affiliate training usually only takes place at Sinclair Community College, this summer, Chaminade Julienne is hosting teachers for three, two-week sessions to learn more in the biomedical science courses.

STEMM Idol: Senior Capstone About the Bee Population

The buzzing sound of bees may not be the most pleasant to some. That sound, and therefore bees, is a necessity, though, for there to be food for living beings on a daily basis.

For the final STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation of the year, the Senior Capstone group of Morgan Coovert, Spencer Dufresne, Angela Hodapp and Bridget Miles shared their research findings on the state of the bee population.

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