Seventh- and eighth-grade girls in Hancock County who attended American Association of University Women-sponsored math, science and technology camps last summer were guests at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Findlay branch of the American Association of University Women’s 10th annual Mini Math and Science Day program.
The campers, who attended sessions at Denison University and Ohio Northern University, described the educational, social and personal values garnered from their camp experiences.
The theme of the meeting was “Computer Science — Creating the Wizard of the Future.” Mary Jo Geise and Helene Schneider, co-chairs of the department of computer science at the University of Findlay, developed the topic and led participants in coding activities.
Several female University of Findlay computer science students, as well as one graduate, described their educational paths and how they will apply their skills in fields such as programming, graphic design and forensics.
Schneider introduced a coding program developed by Carnegie-Mellon University for middle school students. Led by the University of Findlay students, the guests were able to sit at computers and explore how to use coding to create avatars with action and music.
The City Mission had 789 volunteers who kept the agency running in 2013, working 8,467 hours. That total included 22 volunteers who among themselves worked 3,228 hours, and two families, four church groups and three other groups that worked from 60 to 358 hours.
In December, 366 nights of lodging were provided and 1,488 meals were served, including 820 meals to walk-in guests who were not staying at the agency. Additionally, 124 food boxes were distributed to individuals and families in need. Of that number, 93 were Christmas food boxes containing a turkey or ham and other ingredients for a traditional holiday meal.
It was also noted that 16 individuals and families made successful transitions from the mission to other housing in December.
The severe cold weather brought more people to both the Day Center and the mission looking for warm shelter and a meal. The agency is always open for those who need assistance, especially during life-threatening cold weather. It is not necessary to be a resident of the mission.
Day Center services were used by 31 residents and nine drop-in guests last month. Total attendance for December was 207. The mission provided 98 lunches to Day Center guests, while four individuals found work.
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