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Archives: December, 2013

Winter Teacher’s Workshop  December 12th, 2013

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We are opening up the second day of the Winter Teacher’s Workshop to any and all interested teachers. Feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues. See the flyer pictures above for information about the sessions offered, and register for the sessions by January 10th at the following link:

Legos and Industrial Engineering – Part 1  December 12th, 2013

6a00d8341c562c53ef014e8b076423970d-800wi In this activity, students will learn about lean manufacturing and how efficiency plays into manufacturing processes through sorting Lego bricks. They will discover how specificity of categorization can aid efficiency and why efficiency is important to sustainable industry. Click the title below to check out this fun and engaging activity! Organizing and Sorting Activity This activity is part one of a four part series of Legos and Industrial Engineering activities.

High School Challenge 2014 – Marine Protected Areas  December 12th, 2013

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This year’s High School Challenge event will be held on February 13 and 14, 2014 at OSU, and it will focus on the complex topic of Marine Protected Areas. Here are two introductory lessons that provide a general overview into what Marine Protected Areas are and how they work! Click the titles below to access the lesson plans.

Marine Protected Areas: An Introduction

Marine Protected Areas: Conservation Goals

A Classification System for Marine Protected Areas

SMILE’s Winter Newsletter  December 5th, 2013

We are reinvigorating the SMILE newsletter tradition! Every quarter, we will be releasing a short newsletter with activities, updates, and other pertinent information for your SMILE club. To access the winter newsletter, click here!

We need your help in making the newsletter more interactive and engaging! Newsletters are an excellent way for clubs to share what they are doing with other SMILE clubs, families, and OSU staff through stories and updates. We are looking to clubs to contribute short pieces about meeting activities with 1 to 2 pictures to be included in the newsletter. Writing a newsletter entry would be a great follow-up for students for a club meeting and a way for them to share what they learned.

The next SMILE newsletter will come out in March 2014. If you have any activities, stories, or pictures that you would like to share to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, please send them to Abbe at