Hoopla STEM Challenge Brings Hundreds to CJ

Basketball and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - “What better combination could there be?”

Hundreds of people agreed with CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger as Chaminade Julienne once again served as the host site of the Hoopla STEM Challenge on Sunday, March 13.

“STEM is very important to our community and STEM is also important to the NCAA,” said Scott Sullivan with the Hoopla Organizing Committee. “STEM is additionally important to CJ so it was a natural fit.”

STEMM Idol: Dr. Jim Olson

If you saw 20 images on a screen for 15 seconds, how many of those images do you think you could remember? Dr. Jim Olson did this test as part of his STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation on Tuesday, March 1.

Dr. Olson has been with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University since 1986 and is the head of their research laboratory. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, among others.

CJ Recognizes National Engineers Week

What would happen if engineering disappeared for a day? Every day things we can take for granted like electricity in homes, to using computers, and even brushing teeth would no longer be of existence without engineers.

February 21-27, 2016 marked the 65th anniversary of National Engineers Week. As part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger shared with students the difference engineers have made in the world today.

STEMM Idol: Molly Wakeling

A Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force spoke to students on Tuesday, February 16 as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Molly Wakeling is also a physicist and graduate student working on her Master’s degree in nuclear engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

“I have always loved science,” Wakeling shared. “What I love about science is that there is still so much to know but we can do the experiments to figure it out. I love that there is a lot of beauty in it as well.”

STEMM Idol: Joe DeLong

Students had the opportunity to hear from a professional engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation on Tuesday, February 2.

Joe DeLong is a structural engineer at Shell + Meyer Associates Structural Engineers in Kettering. He has worked there since graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree.

"In high school, I enjoyed math and science classes," said DeLong. "When looking at what college majors were available, I gravitated towards engineering and went to UD."

STEMM Idol: Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC

"I'm a nurse. It's an art and science."

Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC shared with students exactly what she meant by those words when she presented during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 26.

"With healthcare now-a-days, we are trying to get students to understand that healthcare is just as much about an art, and it's that communication and that relationship building," Sodders explained. "Without those skills, you won't be successful at the nursing tasks."

STEMM Idol: Dr. Jason Johnston

To kick-off the new semester, Dr. Jason Johnston spoke with students on Tuesday, January 5, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Dr. Johnston is a veterinarian and owner of Miami Acres Animal Hospital in Troy. The business was started by Dr. Johnston's grandfather, Dr. W.J. Lavelle, in 1945. Dr. Johnston said his interest in veterinary medicine began because of his grandfather.

"I have been practicing for 18 years," Dr. Johnston said. "My grandfather had the practice for 66 years."

CJ STEMM Idol: Mike Ooten

While the weather outside might be near freezing, it's time for juniors and seniors to think about the summertime, and in particular, a premier local internship opportunity.

On Tuesday, December 1, Mike Ooten, an aerospace engineer with the Wright Patterson Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory, spoke to students about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program as part of the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series.


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