Middle school students STEAM their way to OTC event

Students experiment with stream table at STEAM event.

Students were welcomed to anatomy class by authentic skeleton.

The OTC Richwood Valley Campus was filled with energetic and inquisitive middle school students enjoying the presentations and demonstrations that made up the college’s first STEAM event on Friday, June 19.

STEAM – which stands for Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/ Mathematics – allowed more than 60 middle school students to get a sampling of academic subjects with a focus on math and science with a touch of the artistic.

The OTC Life Science department sponsored the recent event.

Sessions included topics ranging from ecology, anatomy, genetics and engineering to chemistry, anatomy, architecture and computer science.

“We were very excited to present the inaugural STEAM event. Students had the opportunity to observe, design and conduct experiments while working collaboratively in small groups during the sessions,” said Joyce Hill, chair of the college’s Life Science department.

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OTC instructor to attend Holocaust seminar in Germany and Poland

Michelle Hudgens

Michelle Hudgens, lead English instructor at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus, was selected as one of 25 participants nationwide to attend the 2015 Summer Seminar for the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher’s Program (HAJRTP). The seminar’s itinerary includes a two-week trip to Germany and Poland July 1-14. Participants will meet Holocaust survivors, network with other instructors, and tour the museums, memorials, camps and ghettos of the Holocaust. The event is sponsored by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.

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OTC grad on the path to ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Adam Arnold is preparing for his TV appearance on 'American Ninja Warrior.'

Adam Arnold is preparing for his TV appearance on ‘American Ninja Warrior.’

Ozarks Technical Community College may not have any athletic programs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any athletes walking the halls.

Take Adam Arnold ― American ninja warrior.

Arnold, who holds degrees in manufacturing, construction and industrial management technology from OTC, is scheduled to appear in the Orlando, Fla., regional qualifier of “American Ninja Warrior.” The program airs tonight on KYTV at 7 p.m.

The competition pits athletes against a grueling obstacle course. Contestants try to post the best time of any of the other competitors.

If the 26-year-old Hillcrest High School graduate does well, he can eventually qualify for the national championship held in Las Vegas and have a shot at a $1 million grand prize.

“I think I have what it takes,” the 6-foot-1, 165-pound competitor said.

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