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As part of the scientific tools station in Kristin Burt’s science class at Chardon Middle School, fifth-graders Julie Rodgers, from left, and Alyssa Oleksiak work together using pan balance weights to measure the mass of a wooden block.

Chardon starts technician program

Chardon Local Schools debuted its Certified Production Technician program for Chardon High School students. The CPT course offering is a career-based intervention by Auburn Career Center Superintendent Brian Botempo and operated as a partnership with Chardon, Cardinal and Painesville schools.

Ohio State Sen. John Eklund served as the guest speaker at the CPT grand opening ceremony on Oct. 7 at Painesville’s Harvey High School. Among the attendees were administrative representatives from each of the four schools.

Through the CPT program, students learn manufacturing processes, as well as maintenance, safety and quality control with the end goal of students taking the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification exams. Geared towards freshmen and sophomores, the program is designed to prepare students to be productive team members in a manufacturing environment. To learn more about the CPT program, visit https://bit.ly/CPT_CLSD.

Students conduct air quality study

Chardon High School teacher Amanda Bunker retooled her class’ annual Working Wednesdays field trips as Therapeutic Thursday field trips for fall 2020 to accommodate a modified format due to COVID-19 safety protocols. This year, students are forgoing time traditionally spent on hands-on learning activities, such as finding items, comparing prices and making purchases in stores, and instead are learning about the community while working on safety skills in the outdoors.

During their Sept. 24 field trip, students initiated an air quality study in Chardon by attaching paper cards to telephone poles and applying petroleum jelly to the papers to capture results. During a later field trip, students collected the papers from town then used a microscope in the classroom to examine the results. The project concluded with students individually presenting information on their findings to their peers.

RIGHT: On Sept. 24, Munson Elementary first-grade student Koleton Dudinsky intently concentrates on adding “apples” to his apple tree engineering project wherein each student in teacher Jill Kellogg’s class built an apple tree from an empty paper tube and wooden craft sticks and then tested how many “apples” their tree can hold.

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