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Written by Mary McNeil   
Monday, 10 May 2010 14:17

Fifth and sixth graders at Earl Hanson School are participating in the “National Lab Day” celebration this week by learning about water treatment programs. Area scientists and professors are going to spend part of the day educating 100 students about clean water, water conservation, third world water problems, etc.

The connection among the school and scientists was made by teacher, Kate Lievens, who signed up online through a relatively new nationwide program called “National Lab Day” (www.NationalLabDay.org). At this site teachers sign up for projects they would like to see in their classrooms and are matched up with scientists who want to help educate area school children.

The media is invited to see National Lab Day in action Wednesday, May 12th beginning at 11:00 at Earl Hanson School (4000 9th Street). Available for interviews are Lievens, Dr. Kevin Geedey (Professor of Biology at Augustana College), Sandy O’Neill with the Rock Island Water Treatment Plant, Bob Bohannon a Moline Water lab Chemist and Greg Swanson, Moline’s Utilities General Manager.

The National Lab Day site is one element in a White House initiative to encourage public-private partnerships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Lievens is one of the first teachers to participate in the program and has been featured in a national science magazine.

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Columbus Leads Nation For National Lab Day

by Stacey Hondo

Dateline Columbus,OH: With sessions on the nature of time, invisibility, the inability of black holes to fit into a single reference frame from all points of reference, and the duration dilation experiment of David Eagleman, one thing is certain - as National Lab Day begins across the country, Central Ohio has emerged as a leader in the movement, and almost by the single handed efforts of one man - Marshall Barnes, R&D Eng. Marshall, working as a volunteer scientist, has not only arranged projects of his own at Bexley, Grandview, and other schools in the area, but has them happening in East Hampton New York, Canterbury, New Hampshire, among other out of state locations. Prior to this kick-off week, he's been consulting and facilitating projects in Cincinnati and Cleveland, as well as in states like Iowa and Colorado, accomplishing an unprecedented reach for a National Lab Day scientist.

National Lab Day officially begins May 12th but National Lab Day projects have been happening all year and some will be happening even next month. It's an effort to connect scientists, engineers, volunteers and others with schools to do presentations and projects that will promote and encourage STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.

The surprise is that none of the major institutions in Columbus, like Battelle or Chemical Abstracts, has any recognizable involvement. OSU does, but it is at one of Marshall's events through the OSU Community Extension Center via the Department of African American and African Studies. Marshall points to the fact that he was already interested and involved in the ideas behind National Lab Day when he first learned of it in last November. In fact, President Obama announced his Educate to Innovate initiative ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/issu...e-innovate ) not long before Marshall made his announcement to expand his SuperScience for High School Physics program ( http://www.cleveland.com/call-...nds_i.html ) during an appearance on a NBC 4 news program that recognized the achievements of students he had worked with at Columbus Africentric Early College early in the year. After visiting the National Lab Day site and applying to be a volunteer scientist, it wasn't long before the innovator in Marshall saw the opportunity that the networking site had for making connections, not only with local projects, but with those across the country. Especially schools who had projects posted that were in his area of expertise.

(Get the full story at http://forums.vindy.com/read.php?1,476063 )

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