The organization I have decided to join was the STEM outreach organization. This organization is made up of a group of other Ohio state university students that create and deliver hands on STEM related projects and experiences to various schools, and libraries. The projects were designed to be taken home by the student. IN addition, the projects were also designed to cost one dollar or less per student. I attended my first STEM outreach event on Wednesday September 11th. It was great experience and I am excited to go again. Some of my fellow scholars also attended. Furthermore, when we first walked in we were greeted with pizza which is always a positive. Following that we then went over what the club is about and what its goals are. We were then fortunate enough to create a homemade flash light. This just so happened to be one of the projects that was going to be presented, and created by the children that the club visited. We were then given the necessary supplies to create this homemade flashlight. We were first given cardboard upon which we had to cut and manipulate into a small box like size. I then cut a small hole for the red light emitting diode (LED) to connect to the rest of the wires inside the box while shining light on the outside. Next, I was given a battery and three copper wires. With the given sandpaper we sanded the burnt edges of the copper wires. using tape I connected one side of one wire to one side of the battery, and then obtained another wire and taped one side from that wire to the other side of the battery. Following that I then connected one end of the wire from the battery and wrapped it around the small metal piece coming from the LED light. With the last copper wire I attached the last remaining side connecting to the LED to the one side of the last copper wire which will connect to the outside of the box. The last available 2 remaining ends of the wire will connect to a paper clip on the outside of the box. one side of the wire is connected to the larger loop of the paper clip and the last remaining side of the wire was connected to the smaller loop of the paper clip. We bent the small loop of the paper clip upwards so that when we pushed it down the circuit was completed and the light would turn on. I am very excited for future events and projects throughout this club. After joining it has influenced me to try and join other various clubs throughout the university. I am very excited to work with the younger children and ultimately help and support with the club as hopefully the children will gain an entertaining and educational experience. My next meeting happens to be Wednesday September 25th at seven o’clock in Enarson and I cant wait to see what they have in store for us.
Throughout my four weeks of living and studying at the Ohio state University I have utilized the many various resources the school has to offer to its students. At first, when I came upon a problem and question I didn’t know or understand I would try and ask a friend, but if they were no help I would be perplexed as to where I could find help. Fortunately, someone directed me to the MLC also known as the Mathematics and Statics Learning Center, located in the basement of Cockins Hall. This is a free resource center upon which I could receive the much needed help I have been looking for. When I arrived we were required to sign in then take a seat at the various desks and chairs they had available. At this point I began my math work, however, when I reached a question I was unsure about or completely misunderstood, I would place a pink card in a little silver holder mounted on the table. Once this was done, a tutor/ undergraduate Teachers Assistant would come over and help me with my problem answering any questions I had, in depth. I would repeat this process over and over whenever I was stumped or couldn’t arrive at the necessary conclusion needed to complete the problem. Furthermore, other than the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center, there were other problems I would come across from my chemistry 1210 class that at first I was unsure how to find the necessary help I needed. That being said, I was directed to the LRC also known as the Learning Resource Center located in room 170 on the first floor of the Celeste Laboratory. It was completely free and no appointment was required, therefore when I had my questions and problems, I had just stopped in. Like the MLC the LRC was similar in that I would just show up at my own convenience sit at the various desks and chairs labeled “chemistry 1210” and whenever I was stumped with a problem or had a question, I would simply call one of the teacher assistants over upon which they would answer my question, explain a problem to me and help me work through it. Going to these resource centers have opened my eyes in regards to the various resources and much needed help offered by the university to help me along my college journey. Not to mention, knowing that I have various resources with easy access significantly reduces my stress and anxiety because I am confident I can always find the help I need. In addition, another significant resource center I recently became aware about but unfortunately have yet to use is the ELC also known as the Economics Learning Center located in room 385 in Arps Hall. Similar to the MLC and LRC this resource center is completely free and an appointment isn’t required. I plan to utilize this resource prior to my Economics midterm so I can assure I am well prepared and ready to take this exam. I plan to rotate using these resource centers to the fullest extent in order to help maximize my learning and success here at The Ohio State University.