SCOPES & OUC Partnership: 2016 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D. Professor & CD/ECE Coordinator Ohio University – Chillicothe trube@ohio.edu
Karen Corcoran, M. A. Lecturer & MCE Program Coordinator Ohio University – Chillicothe corcoran@ohio.edu
Jennifer Domo, M. Ed. SCOPES Academy Director jdomo@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us
Jennifer Domo, director of the SCOPES Academy at Unioto Unified School District’s (UUSD) STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medical) project, Jaimee Jenkins, teacher candidate in the early childhood education program at Ohio University Chillicothe, and second grade students from the SCOPES Academy, won the 2016  DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition. This  national competition encourages students to investigate and write about technological or scientific advancements related to food, energy, protection or innovation. Facilitated by Director Domo and OUC teacher candidate Jenkins, the second graders conducted research, and wrote and illustrated a book about nutrition and health. The students’ submission earned them the first place distinction from 9,000 contest entries.

As winners of the national competition, Unioto Elementary received a trophy, a collection of Britannica eBooks and Britannica Encyclopedias for students’ continuing scientific research, and a “Science is Fun” day hosted by DuPont and NASA. In addition Domo and Jenkins have been invited to attend the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Los Angeles next March, with all expenses paid.
SCOPES is made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, and the UUSD. The SCOPES program is designed to provide weekly enrichment for advanced students in first through fifth grades in the areas of math and science. Students gain experiences from practicing professionals in technology, medical science, forensic science, agricultural sciences, veterinary services, music technology, transportation technologies, and many others.  MCE and ECE teacher candidates at OUC complete highly-integrated field placements and engage in service learning projects at SCOPES.  SCOPES classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology including one of 5 elementary robotics labs in the state of Ohio. The lab also houses tablet technology, hydraulics equipment, and 3-dimensional printers. Jaimee Jenkins shared, “The SCOPES Academy provides such a unique experience to not only the students of Unioto Elementary, but also to the undergraduate students in the ECE and MCE programs at OUC. I am fortunate to be able to complete one of my junior-year placements in such an enriching environment – an environment filled with opportunities to learn and expand my professional knowledge.”

Ohio University-Chillicothe and UUSD have a professional development partnership with middle childhood education, under the direction of Karen Corcoran, and early childhood education, under the direction of Dr. Mary Barbara Trube. Jennifer Domo is also an adjunct faculty member in both the middle childhood and early childhood programs.

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SCOPES Director Jennifer Domo and Ohio University-Chillicothe teacher candidate Jaimee Jenkins at a SCOPES event sharing copies of the award winning book.