Many students choose work-study programs to help pay for their education or work full-time during the day and attend post-secondary education in the evenings.
Mentors can encourage mentees to seek a higher employee skill base during the mentoring relationship.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Many school districts, however, are located in sparsely populated areas and/or do not have finances to transports students far. We salute the founders of this 25+-year-old model, which can be adapted regionally, by counties or districts--large, small or cooperatively.
Every school--public or private--can create its own version of this event. Recruit judges from business, college, military, Career Tech, or others. Eventually, create a pathway to get local winners to the Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition.
The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition allows students, 1st through 12th grades, to show their inventions. Winners and their teachers receive money awards, trophies and medals. For example, in 2013, winning students and their teachers were given $150 each.
The 2015 event, the 26th, was on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Rose State College's Hudiburg Chevrolet Center, Midwest City.
Patent attorneys, parents, the public, and others attend. Proud parents bring folding chairs and sit near the jam-packed display tables where their children show off their inventions. In 2013, 162 students earned the honor of competing. In 2015, over 400 youths from 85 schools displayed their inventions. Each year the expo grows. Some schools represented in 2015 were Bethany, Del City, Guthrie, Moore, Oklahoma City, Poteau, Seminole, and Shawnee.
The public is encouraged to attend this event, as the young inventors enjoy showing and explaining their creations to visitors. Positive comments from guests also help encourage the students’ creativity and propel them forward to more problem-solving challenges. If someone strolling through does not inquire, the inventors often will engage the onlooker first. "Let me tell you about..."
Each year the enthusiasm, creativity, confidence, and professionalism of even the youngest inventors increases. As we walked, these first graders articulately and professionally with a generous addition of passion discussed their inventions. 'Only first graders?
Regardless of grade-level, each had a problem to solve. One young inventor's dad drives much, and she was concerned he would fall asleep at the wheel. Her invention was an electronic device that would send a voice warning if the driver's hand was off the steering wheel for three seconds.
Another young man invented a garage attic ladder slide because his mother had difficulty carrying large plastic bins down the attic stairs.
One young man's friend had a heat stroke so the inventor found a way to insert in a hat, cap or helmet a hot or cold gel mask. In the above photo, the young inventor on the right, a soccer player, used a variation of a hot and cold gel pack, secured inside a cloth cover, to attach with Velcro to his soccer shirts. 'Suitable for all kinds of weather!
The list is endless as is the creativity, and the sophistication and practicality of the inventions varied. Undoubtedly, some of these students will soon be on ABC's Shark Tank.
Trifold display boards crowded the tables. Young inventors chiefly stationed themselves by their creations. Family members can be seen in the photos as well as some fatigue-clad judges, provided by Tinker Air Force Base.
Each inventor provided business cards printed with his or her name, invention, school, school address, grade, and teacher. Even the "business" cards varied widely in design.
Judges Cori Fowler, OKAN Americorps volunteer, and Cedric Currin-Moore, STEM coordinator for the Oklahoma Afterschool Network, flank Jesse Chavez, inventor. Jesse envisioned the perfect spy device for everywhere--underwater, in the woods, outside a house, in a planter by an office building, in the snow, etc. His Spy Rock, equipped with a camera and with retractable, mechanical legs like a spider's, could be activated by remote control yet camouflaged for any location. How original is that!
|Fowler, Chavez, Currin-Moore|
|Suzie & Shannon Stephens|
|Mystic Island still photos|
Betty J.C. Wright is a co-founder and chairperson for the Oklahoma Student Inventors Expo. A truly extraordinary teacher, Betty is a 2014 inductee of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame among a myriad of honors and achievements. A genuine and loving dynamo, who never seeks glory for herself, Betty continues to create or make a way for students.
From a 2014 KFOR video and article:
|Betty J.C. Wright and Julian Taylor, Co-Founders|
Oklahoma Young Student Inventors
MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA — Too dark to find something in the bottom of your purse?
Reanna Glenn put a light bulb with a cell phone charger.
“Yeah,” she says after illuminating the inside of a large handbag. “There’s a secret pocket inside.”
Got a messy sandwich on your hands and not in your mouth?
How about Abigail Tardibono’s Food Buddy invention?
She says, “It keeps all of your food from spilling everywhere and making a big mess.”
Their invention is two scissors welded to a triangular sheet of aluminum.
“You put it under the pizza and it makes a perfect slice every time,” says Jared.
“It’s safe for kids,” adds Tyler.
25 years ago there were just a handful of kids who presented ideas for the first Oklahoma Inventors Exposition.
Teacher Betty Wright and inventor Julian Taylor helped organize it.
Betty, now retired, says, “We see even more creativity now.”
Don’t like the taste of dental x-ray slides?
Olivia Atkinson has a spray for that.
“I’ve got a tasty x-ray spray,” she says.
Want to learn to skateboard but don’t want to get hurt?
Gavin Beverly has training wheels for that.
“Have you tried it out,” asks an exposition visitor?
“Yeah,” says Gavin. “Does it work,” is the follow-up question. “Yeah,” says Gavin again.
Caleb Burns has a hearing impaired uncle.
The younger Burns came up with a pillow that doubles as an alarm clock.
“He had a hard time hearing it,” he explains.
Baby brother lost his soothie?
No problem if it’s attached to Tyler David’s Pacifier Positioning System.
“You can find it with the push of a button,” she explains.
So what are kids thinking about?
Moore students Jaden Wattle and Kylie Thompson came up with a safety vest for kids to wear if they’re at school and a tornado hits.
Highlighting one of its many features, Kylie says, “There’s a flashlight that you can shine on one of the reflector strips.”
Kaden Fox from Poteau was thinking about recent school shootings when he came up with his Safe Haven School Desk.
A full scale model would be made of steel and allow single students to lock themselves inside.
He says, “I thought, ‘what can I do to prevent something like that.”
A wealth of ideas and treasure for the best.
Winners in several categories received $150.00 in cash.
Their teachers got the same.
If you’re worried about the future, the solution is probably walking around in here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
22 Life Lessons Written by a 12-Year-Old Boy
March 24, 2015
© image/jpeg Life Lessons From a 12-Year-Old Boy
My little brother Mac is freakishly wise. I don't know if it's because he's a much younger kid hanging around lots of adults or he's just an old soul, but the seventh grader can drop major knowledge. Every so often we'll be sitting around the dinner table or watching TV and he'll blurt out some sagacious comment that will make my jaw drop.
Sometimes I believe that kids really are more enlightened than adults. Their curiosity of the world and blatant honesty are refreshing. So before Mac hits the teen years, I wanted to sit down with him and ask what he has learned about life so far. A few of his answers were shockingly deep, while others were downright hilarious. These life lessons are direct quotes from Mac himself. Check out what my favorite kid in the whole world had to say:
1. Don't lie about doing your homework; just do it.
2. Never eat too much candy. It feels good while you're eating it, but it feels bad later.
3. If you are always there for your family, they will always be there for you.
4. Be proud to wear your glasses if you have them. It might just be the reason someone remembers your face.
5. Be a hard worker, but don't overwork yourself. I learned that from Dad.
6. When arguing with your parents, give up. You will never win.
7. Send compliments to girls in texts; it makes them feel good . . . I think.
8. Don't be afraid to be yourself.
9. When you get money, don't buy the first thing you see. Look around.
10. Don't let a video game ruin a friendship.
11. Laughter is a good way to make someone feel better.
12. Don't let your friends take advantage of you, and don't take advantage of your friends.
13. Girls don't need to wear all that makeup; they look pretty good the way they are.
14. Patience is a virtue. I heard that in a Thomas the Train episode.
15. Comfort comes before style. I hate pants.
16. When you're at school, never take an Altoid from someone you don't know. It's probably not a mint.
17. Brush your teeth twice a day, 67 percent of the time.
18. Be a leader, not a follower.
19. Always be a team player, but don't be afraid to fend for yourself.
20. Do your fair share of pet care in your family (if you have one).
21. You don't have to use social media to have friends. I have plenty of friends and I have never touched Instagram.
22. Be a lover, not a fighter.
Mac is currently 12 years old and attending middle school in the Bay Area. He loves basketball, video games, and fishing with his dad. He's pretty pumped to show his friends at school this article.