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For Immediate Release

April 30, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima hosts Megaconference Jr. with second grade participants

The Ohio State University at Lima will host "People Change the World": Megaconference Jr. and College/Career Exploration Day from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thur., May 2, 2013.

Megaconference Jr. is a project designed to give students in elementary/primary and secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other’s learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology. Presenters will design and conduct videoconference-based presentations and activities focused on academic and cultural issues. Participants can address questions to presenters and collaborate with geographically diverse peers in collaborative learning activities, thus building international cultural awareness. Detailed information about the event including the day’s schedule of presentation is available at www.megaconferencejr.org.

The Ohio State University at Lima will serve as videoconferencing host site for the event. Area students, educators, parents, and interested community members are invited to attend. Participation is part of Ohio State Lima’s It’s About Discovery grant from the National Science Foundation. The Megaconference is a real-life application of learning and fits into the grant’s goal of promoting STEM careers and college development.

More than 50 second grade students and their teachers from Shawnee Elmwood and Lima South Sci-Tech Magnet will participate. Lima’s theme is "People Change the World." Eleven of the students will present in the live stream from Galvin 310 from 12:00-12:25 p.m. Five pairs and trios will present on five careers that will change the world. The remaining students will be watching the live stream from Science 100.

9:30 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Allison B. Gilmore

Science 100

9:40-9:50 a.m. Today’s events – Britt Gibson

Science 100

9:55 a.m.-noon Mini-workshops with Ohio State faculty and students

Dr. Mark Kleffner, Geology – Science 115

Brad Ellis, College Student Life – Reed Hall 102

Megan Sanderson, Technology and Education – Galvin 310K

Dr. Ivo Herzog, Ashley Klay; Math Exploration – Galvin 124

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Megaconference Jr. teleconference

Observers in Science 100

Presenters in Galvin 310K.

Limited seating will be available for interested observers from the public.

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch on the Quad

Rain location – PS 212/213

1:00-1:30 p.m. Ohio State Admissions Fun on the Quad

Rain location – Cook Hall gym

1:30 p.m. Closing and good-bye

The Megaconference Jr. event will include participants from schools from countries around the world. Sites anywhere in the world are also encouraged to watch the live webstream on May 2, which will be available from the website. The event runs from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The 12-hour duration makes it possible for schools from many time zones to participate during their regular school hours. The stream will be running in Science 100 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Technical services and facilitation of the Megaconference Jr. event in Lima are provided through the collaborative efforts of The Ohio State University at Lima and the Lima/Allen County Chamber Education Committee.

About Megaconference Jr.

Megaconference Jr. is the world’s first all virtual K-12 videoconference event over Internet2 and advanced research and education networks around the world. This event is made possible by a volunteer team of technologists, students, teachers and staff.

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