Children’s Musem to display P-TECH student exhibits

Published Feb 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Ninth and 10th grade students in the P-TECH program at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES are designing and developing some exhibits for the Utica Children’s Museum.

On Thursday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the 311 Main St. museum, ninth graders will present their solutions for a magnetism exhibit and 10th graders will kick off a new challenge on physics, said OHM BOCES.

Ninth graders were challenged with designing a magnetism exhibit that enables visitors to experience the magnetic strengths of different materials using Perios characters with magnetic powers for visual effect. Perios are characters that represent each element in the periodic table from the Periosworld educational video game.

Tenth graders will be challenged with creating a fun physics course using the mini golf course as the primary material, said BOCES.

The students will have several weeks to complete the challenge before presenting their ideas.

“Industry challenges such as this one provide real world applications for teaching and learning,” said Erica Schoff, P-TECH OHM assistant principal.

“When our students can see their creation on display at a place like the Utica Children’s Museum, it empowers them to continue being active learners in our school and for our community,” the P-TECH OHM assistant principal added.

P-TECH OHM includes working with business and education partners to give students skills and experiences in technology and manufacturing.

School districts served by OHM BOCES include Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.