NACDEP 2024: Unleashing Potential, Designing & Launching High School Exploration Careers Camps

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

The Healthcare Industry Camp Program was awarded both the 2024 Regional and National Award Winner for Innovation and Creativity and presented on in the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at the 2024 Conference held June 17 – June 21, 2024, in Houston, Texas. The conference presentation is accessible below.

Presentation link: www.go.osu.edu/careercamp

NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status, and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

The national conference presentation highlights a two-day high school summer camp that explored career options in health science. This opportunity was sponsored by Pickaway WORKS in partnership with OSU Extension and Ohio Health Berger. Student- participants experienced professional networking opportunities, shadowed multiple healthcare professionals, and learned first-hand about the in-demand careers in this growing sector. Two healthcare certifications, STOP the Bleed and CPR, were available for students to obtain, as well as, elevated participates to be fast-tracked towards 16+ healthcare internship opportunities and college tuition benefits available after high school graduation.

Week 1: ESC Credit Recovery and Enrichment Summer Camp Activities

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

Click here or on the image above to watch a short highlight video capturing students’ enrichment activities during their first week of summer camp, produced by Meghan Thoreau.

Credit Recovery:

  • Math: Review of algebraic concepts, problem-solving sessions, and assessment preparation.
  • English: Reading comprehension exercises, writing, and literature analysis.
  • Science: Review of biology and chemistry fundamentals.

Enrichment Activities:

  • Pinball Design Challenge: Building a pinball game, designing prototypes, and coding exercises.
  • Sewing Basics: Painting, drawing, and crafting sessions.
  • Tai Chi: Team-building exercises, sports, and scavenger hunts.
  • Mindfulness: Inspirational talks from industry professionals and mentors.
  • Culinary Skills: basic cooking skills, snack and meal preparation.

Goals:

  • Support students in recovering credits and getting back on track.
  • Provide engaging activities to foster learning and exploration.
  • Encourage teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking.

Pinball Science with Rachel Speakman from Pickaway Pathways to Success – the focus of Week 1 was to have students work individually and support each other in creating their take-home versions of a working pinball machine.

This session focused on collaborating in teams to solve design issues seen in our larger “class” pinball machine. Students used their newly learned skills to work through their prototype pinballs to test and troubleshoot possible solutions.

By the end of the week, students had finished their builds, incorporating their newly gained knowledge of basic circuitry and mechanical principles. They added mechanisms from recycled objects and wired buzzers and lights into the design of their pinball machines.

instructor working through a solution with a student

 

Chemical Reactions with Judy Walley from Teays Valley High School – chemistry is a part of everyday life. Week 1 we focused on improving our students’ understanding of the importance of chemical reactions through a hands-on lab.

chemical reactions

Students learned the five signs of a chemical change firsthand:

  1. Color Change
  2. Production of an odor
  3. Change of Temperature
  4. Evolution of a gas (formation of bubbles)
  5. Precipitate (formation of a solid)

chemistry lab

Tai Chi, Mindfulness, and Sewing Basics with Jessica Lowe assisted by Meghan Thoreau from OSU Extension – Tai Chi and Mindfulness are important practices, especially for K-12 students. Many benefits come from incorporating these practices into our daily lives, such as stress and anxiety reduction, improved focus and concentration, greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, improved balance and flexibility, and reduction in chronic pain, insomnia, and depression.

tai chi outside

There are many styles and forms of Tai Chi to learn. Jessica shared the Sun Style developed by Paul Lam. Tai Chi and Mindfulness focus on our overall well-being working both the mind and body. They can also empower students to better navigate personal challenges while maintaining a positive attitude. If students expressed an interest in this session, consider finding classes, clubs, or workshops that can provide resources for students to continue practicing outside of camp. 

students learning to sew

Jessica also led students through a sewing project that taught them basic stitching patterns, like back stitching, threading a needle, sewing buttons, and a chance to use a sewing machine. This was the first time for many students to use and practice these life skills.

instructor teaching student how to use a sewing machine

Stay tuned for more programming highlights from June’s ESC Summer Camp. This opportunity was brought to our community by the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, sponsored by the 21st Century Partner Program, which offers a unique blend of academic support, enriching experiences, and a credentialing opportunity to help students thrive. The camp experience is designed for grades 8th -12th graders enrolled in any Pickaway County Local School District.

2nd Annual Healthcare Career Exploration Camp

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

This June we’re running the 2nd Annual Healthcare Career Exploration Camp that allows high school students to explore career options in health sciences. This opportunity is sponsored by Pickaway WORKS in partnership with OSU Extension and Ohio Health Berger. Student participants will meet and shadow multiple healthcare professionals and learn first-hand about the in-demand careers in this growing sector. Two healthcare certifications, STOP the Bleed and CPR, will be available for students to obtain, as well as, become fast-tracked towards 16+ healthcare internship opportunities and college tuition benefits available after high school graduation.

Time

  • Day 1: June 10th, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., (optional CPR Certification, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • Day 2: June 11th, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Camp LocationOhio Health Berger Hospital, 600 N Pickaway St, Circleville, OH 43113, Berger Classrooms in the basement of the Medical Office Building. Participants should enter the main doors, turn left, and walk past the cafe and gift shop. Take either the stairs or the elevator to the lower level where the healthcare classrooms are located. (Optional CRP Certification at the Circleville Fire Dept 586 North Court Street, Circleville OH 43113.)

Day 1 

  • OhioHealth/Pickaway WORKS Introductions
  • CliftonStrengths Assessment Discussion
  • Critical Role Career Discovery Stations
  • Experts/Leaders Panel Discussion
  • Tour of Hospital
  • Lunch
  • Option: CPR American Red Cross Certification
  • DAY 1 Feedback Survey: Health Science Careers Camp

Day 2

DETAILED AGENDA (provided during program)

*Copy/save Google Doc folders in the Resource section below into your account to use and edit.

**REQUIRED to watch the STOP the Bleed Training Video prior to June 8th and complete the quiz at the end. Save and bring your quiz results with you on June 8th. 

Resources

*Copy/save Google Doc folders in the Resource section below into your account to use and edit.

healthcare professionals

Pickaway County Summer Health Science Careers Camp

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

This two-day high school summer camp explores career options in health science. This opportunity is sponsored by Pickaway WORKS in partnership with OSU Extension and Ohio Health Berger. Student participants will meet and shadow multiple healthcare professionals and learn first-hand about the in-demand careers in this growing sector. Two healthcare certifications, STOP the Bleed and CPR, will be available for students to obtain, as well as, become fast-tracked towards 16+ healthcare internship opportunities and college tuition benefits available after high school graduation.

Time

  • Day 1: June 8th, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., (optional CPR Certification, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Day 2: June 9th, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Camp Location

Ohio Health Berger Hospital, 600 N Pickaway St, Circleville, OH 43113, Berger Classrooms in the basement of the Medical Office Building. Participants should enter the main doors, turn left, and walk past the cafe and gift shop. Take either the stairs or the elevator to the lower level where the healthcare classrooms are located. (Optional CRP Certification at the Circleville Fire Dept 586 North Court Street, Circleville OH 43113.)

Day 1 PRE-REQS *

Day 2

DETAILED AGENDA

**REQUIRED copy/save Google Doc folders in the Resource section below into your account to use and edit.

**REQUIRED to watch the STOP the Bleed Training Video prior to June 8th and complete the quiz at the end. Save and bring your quiz results with you on June 8th. 

Resources

 

Building Human Capacity and the Next Generation Workforce: Youth Drone Pilot Credentialing Programs

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

Poster presentation for the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at the 2023 Conference held April 30 – May 3, 2023, in Couer d’Alene, Idaho.

NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status, and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

PROGRAM PARTNER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator, partnered with Pickaway Pathways to Success which received a $5,000 Start-up Grant from Battelle to implement a drone pilot course and supply drone technology for flight practice. Meghan completed a 13-module certification program from the Unmanned Safety Institute receiving her Level 1 sUAS Safety Certification to teach the remote piloting course at Pickaway Pathways to Success.

INTRODUCTION

A pilot-project 13-module Drone Piloting Certification Program offered by an OSU Extension Educator teaches students the Fundamentals of Aviation, Unmanned Aerial System Career Pathways, and regulations and use cases of drone technologies. Students are offered four credentialing opportunities seen as the benchmarks needed to enter and advance in specific industries like Drone Technologies and Remote Piloting.

HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING

The United Nations describes Human Capacity Building as the “process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world.” How are Extension Professionals adapting and building human capacity into their workforce development programming? The Youth Remote Drone Pilot Program highlights one Extension Educator’s efforts in developing a pilot program that builds new skills, abilities, and credentialling opportunities that can be directly applied to the workforce.

DEMAND FOR DRONE PILOTS IS SOARING

According to Research, Markets, and Scholarly Publications, the demand for drone pilots is expected to grow by 50 percent over the next five years, with sales projected to reach over $16 billion by 2030.1 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2016, granted new exemptions to commercially operate drones in the U.S. through the FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate. In 2020, a drone pilot became a viable, well-paying career option.2 Now is the time for Extension professionals to rethink how they program in their counties and develop new, creative, and meaningful programs that elevate human capacity building, and economic development, and expand their workforce.

THE UNMANNED SAFETY INSTITUTE

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) curriculum was adopted by the Center for Aviation Studies at the Ohio State University which established a partnership with the institute and used its curriculum in its aviation courses. USI’s e-learning environment has three advancing stages structured in levels of curriculum as well as select certificate programs to acquire.

OSU EXTENSION’S FIRST YOUTH DRONE PILOT CREDENTIALING PROGRAM

The Small UAS (sUAS) Safety Certification Program includes required aeronautical knowledge for remote pilots of UAS less than 20 pounds and introduces learners to USI’s industry-leading safety principles. The curriculum includes all pertinent aeronautical knowledge factors used by the FAA for the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) examination for the Remote Pilot Certification and integrates those with safety concepts and practices to develop well-informed and responsible remote pilots. Students who successfully complete the course  receive four credentialing opportunities:

Students should also be prepared to pass the UAG exam and industrial certification exam to obtain their:

13 ONLINE-UNIT COURSE MODULES

1. Introduction to unmanned aircraft systems: terminology, major issues associated with sUAS, and core components of an unmanned system. Students go through an aeronautical knowledge and safety test to receive their Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST), which is required for recreational use and provides education and important safety and regulatory information.

2. Unmanned Aircraft: sub-components of UA and the factors affecting UAS aerodynamics and performance.

3. Elements: the environment where sUAS and remote pilots operate.

4. Regulations: limitations and authorities vested in remote pilots by 14 CFR 107.

5. Operating in the National Airspace: FAA rules and policies for operating in the National Airspace System.

6. Human Factors of UAS and CRM: human limitations that contribute to errors and violations that can be the causal factors in UAS accidents. Crew Resource Management (CRM) introduces non-technical skills used to combat human errors.

7. Aeronautical Decision Making: the process of assessing risks and examining the decision-making process.

8. Professionalism: ethical and legal requirements of the Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC). Establishes standards of practice and explores careers in unmanned aviation.

At this point, students should have received the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) and be prepared to take the exam for the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. 

9. UAS Foundations: history of UAS and solving problems facing the traditional aviation sector.

10. Robotic Aircraft: Examines the robotics of an aircraft, aerodynamics of sUAS, the forces acting on aircraft, how to utilize control surfaces and changes in rotor speeds to induce moments and forces on aircraft, and how aircrafts maneuver through the air.

11. Datalinks: how to communicate back and forth from the air vehicle to the ground control station and vice versa.

12. UAS Control: advancements in ground station development and the advantages and disadvantages of this modified and simulated cockpit.

13. Payloads: sensors and science behind the acquisition of environmental information from a sUAS flying overhead.

After the 13 units, students receive their sUAS Safety Certification from USI and should be prepared to take the industrial certification exam for Industrial Credential Badge.

RESULTS

Extension Educators can be a part of educating, training and certifying this elite group of participants to support new aviation leaders, innovators, visionaries, and remote pilots. Student participants will complete the program in the Fall of 2023, with strong demand for future programming.

Initial feedback and student evaluation are very positive, and end-of-term evaluations will be collected to continue to redesign and improve the program for the following year. Evaluation questions will also measure the youth’s understanding of unmanned technology, regulations, safety best practices, and the payloads for commercial uses. The goal of the program is to promote aviation-based safety standards and empower a young industry cluster of experts with the knowledge and skillset necessary to professionally excel in this industry.

OUTCOME

Participants will complete 13 module units, 20 hours of flight practice, received their Recreational Safety TRUST Certification, take the Part 107 exam, and schedule their Industrial exam for Industrial Diploma.

IMPLICATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRACTICE

Practical applications for the Extension community interested in programming around drone remote piloting certification, this project provides a framework and lessons learned in this topical area, for other members of the community this work may generate ideas and break down barriers of what is possible for Extension Educators to take on. We as Educators can never stop learning and keeping a growth mindset to our program development. This presentation focuses on the aviation industry and the workforce that will supply the unmanned community. This program builds on safety, respect, excellence, and responsibility, and empowers both the Educators and their participants by expanding their opportunities in life, education, and work.

References:

1 Demand for drone pilots soars UAV jobs that pay over $100K. Vaughn College. (2022, August 12). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.vaughn.edu/blog/demand-for-drone-pilots-soars-uav-jobs-that-pay-over-100k/  

2 Pilot Institute. (2022, January 25). What kinds of jobs can drone pilots do? Pilot Institute. Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://pilotinstitute.com/drone-jobs/

Braves Expo Day Career: Careers in Drone Technologies

Logan Elm students are taking the day to learn about career opportunities and personal career journeys from local professionals. Pickaway County professionals are helping students plan and prepare for their future careers!

OSU Extension will highlight local drone programs as well as igniting career paths such as becoming a drone pilot or technician and the transferable skill sets that apply to this growing market sector. Learn more by visiting the Federal Aviation Administration. Presentation link: go.osu.edu/dronecareers.

Remote Pilot Certification Program

Pickaway Pathways to Success has recently partnered with OSU Extension to develop a Remote Pilot Certification Program using the Unmanned Safety Institute curriculum modules which pair its course work with the OSU Center for Aviation Studies. The program prepares students to obtain their Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (for commercial flight purposes.) This certificate demonstrates that the student understands the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones.

Drone Careers Impacting All Business and Industry Sectors

Drone growth will occur across five main segments of the enterprise industry: Agriculture, construction and mining, insurance, media and telecommunications, and law enforcement, but will be increasing their presents in all business and industry sectors. Drone applications are everywhere.

Related Drone Ohioline OSU Extension Fact Sheet

Tech Recipe: Starting a Scholastic Drone Racing Team fact sheet is available online.

SPOTLIGHT – Community Development & STEM, Hands-on In-Person and Virtual Programming

The Popular Annual Financial Report provides a concise summary of the financial condition and activities of Pickaway County. The report is designed to promote transparency in government while educating the public by providing a summary of the county’s finances, taxes, services, and useful reference materials in a readable and understandable format.

Youth STEM Career Development Programming

Our programs strive to expose youth to STEM fields and careers through engaging hands-on activities that link to career exploration opportunities.

Visit a couple of program blogs from STEM clubs to scholastic drone racing, learn more, STEM Club Program and Scholastic Drone Racing Program.

Adaptive STEM Programming

Rethinking how we program by proactively using technology in our hands-on programming, but also how we deliver programming. Keeping the Growth Mind approach for both youth and educators! Offering in-person, virtual, and hybrid programming – programming through COVID-19.

Newton’s first law: An object at rest remains at rest, or if in motion, remains in motion at a constant velocity unless acted on by a net external force. As long as we are living, we are in motion, so let’s extend that energy and force to learning and maintaining a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset Heads

Ohio Christian University and Pickaway ESC Summit STEM, Session Overviews

Ohio Christian University and Pickaway ESC Summit on November 6, 2021  

Session 1: Learn about OSU Extension’s local hands-on informal STEM learning opportunities and youth career exploration programming in Pickaway County, Hands-on STEM Learning & Career Exploration Programming:

The goal of the Community Development STEM programs is to promote student engagement and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. participants are engaging in hands-on STEM acNviNes and career exploration with visiting professionals and educators from the community and The Ohio State University. Select programs also involve high school mentor students that assist with program acNviNes while themselves gaining both soX and technical skills, leadership, community service, and college/career exploration opportunities.

Session 2: OSU Extension: Pickaway County K-12 Teacher/Student PercepKons: Virtual/Hybrid Learning Environments Preliminary Results, Preliminary Results K-12 Virtual Hybrid Learning Study:

Prezi Presentation: www.go.osu.edu/remotelearningstudy

The COVID-19 pandemic has also forced educators to reevaluate their programming formats and plan and create more virtual learning and teaching lessons for the current 2020/21 school year forward. The study is led by me, Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator 3, M.R.P. at OSU Extension, Community Development & STEM, College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences. The purpose of the study is to measure the experiences of K-12 teachers and 6-12th grade students in virtual and/or hybrid learning environments, to measure teacher perceptions and attitudes of virtual and hybrid learning strategies, and to identify challenges and opportunities of virtual and hybrid learning environments compared to in-person instruction. This session will share out preliminary results of the action research study currently under analysis.

MEGHAN THOREAU, OSU Extension Educator with a unique mix of skills and experience in construction management, planning, and educational outreach and programming. Meghan focuses on preparing Pickaway County youth for STEM careers. She works collaboratively with a team of Extension professionals, volunteers, campus collaborators, and community partners to provide leadership for the development, production, and evaluation of educational programs and applied research to foster STEM educational opportunities that increase career a\ainment in STEM fields. Email: thoreau.1@osu.edu. 

Virtual Learning Event: COSI SciFest Make a Rube Goldberg Simple Machine


COSI SciFest Goes Digital

Join Pickaway County Library’s Youth Services and OSU Extension as we create a Rube Goldberg’s Simple Machine together in our all ages virtual hands-on science program, Thursday, May 6, 2021, @ 6:00 p.m. Registration is required for this free educational virtual one-hour event, click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing personalized meeting details and a passcode to joining Zoom. We’ll also send a reminder email prior to the event. Participants will need a smartphone or laptop.

We will be making our machines out of simple household items and toys. Get creative and take a look around your house and see what supplies you can find to build your machine with us. Here the supplies list we’ll be using:

We very much hope you can join in. This learning event is great for young learners or the entire family to participate in!

Watch the Recorded Program Below!

#NationalBusinessWomensDay: special career exploration webinar recording

By: Meghan Thoreau, OSU Extension Educator

Program panelists.

Professional leadership positions highlighted in the program.

Discover how leaders and events shape the community. Today we celebrated #Nationalbusinesswomensday, half a dozen local Pickaway County businesswomen joined a special roundtable discussion on career exploration to inspire the next generation of businesswomen. The recorded webinar lets us share and explore their career pathways, life lessons, reflections, and provides a networking opportunity in the follow-up. Please click to register, go.osu.edu/businesswomen, and watch the free Pickaway Businesswomen Roundtable Program. (Session transcripts are provided within recording.)

Zoom Webinar Program Team Screen Shot

Women in business are typically very active community leaders as well, such as supporting local opportunities of engagement. The women involved in this panel are examples of working professionals, but also community leaders and mentors for young professionals to follow.

In the coming weeks, we’ll provide featured blog posts highlighting each professional’s career path more in depth. So please say tune, and of course, special thanks to our wonderful business partners:

For more information or resource support please reach out to OSU Extension and Pickaway WORKS!