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2019 Ohio STEM Excellence Awards Unveiled

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STEM Learning Network
(OSLN) has recognized the four winners of the
“STEM Excellence Awards.” These awards recognize outstanding teachers,
school leaders, or education advocates who advance quality science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Ohio.

The awards were announced at the 2019 Cleveland State University STEM
Education Conference, presented with support from Battelle.
Nominations for the 2019 awards opened in April.

Battelle manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network as part of the company’s
commitment to preparing the next generation of innovators. The network
was founded in 2008 and today represents 69 STEM schools across the

This year, OSLN awarded the following:

Excellence in STEM Teaching Award

The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who
exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies and classroom
innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning
outcomes. This awardee engages students in inquiry-based learning to
develop creativity, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Candace Hisey is the 10th Grade Language Arts and
Integrated Chemistry teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown,

Hisey designed and implemented a new STEM-integrated Language Arts
course for sophomore students at her school. To build scientific
literacy, students in Hisey’s class created large, multi-week projects
including “The Museum of the Chemical Elements.” Shorter projects
including “Dance Your Reaction” and the weekly “Science Friday” combined
scientific concepts with creative expression.

Hisey’s students also worked to increase the inclusivity of STEM fields.
Sophomores analyzed the gaps in STEM fields, including a low engagement
of women of color, and designed an intervention plan for elementary or
middle school students. Programs created by Hisey’s students encouraged
all students to participate in STEM and built confidence among younger

Excellence in STEM Leadership Award

The Excellence in STEM Leadership Award recognizes a school-level,
district, or regional leader with a proven track-record of developing
effective STEM programs. This awardee supports and encourages teachers
and schools to continually infuse STEM teaching strategies and embrace
classroom innovation.

Melissa Durkin is the Principal of Ranger High-Tech Academy in
North Ridgeville, Ohio.

In addition to managing Ranger High-Tech Academy, Durkin brings STEM
pedagogy to her school district. She was instrumental in the founding of
the school, which focuses on problem-based learning, STEM coursework,
and makerspaces.

Under Durkin’s leadership, all teachers at Ranger High-Tech Academy
receive training from the Buck Institute to embed STEM into the daily
classroom environment. Technology courses at the school connect to the
core academic standards through a teacher collaboration model. Durkin
designed multipurpose spaces for designing, building, fabricating, and
instilling collaboration between grade levels.

At Ranger High-Tech Academy, students are empowered with responsibility
for video production, creating promotional materials, facilitating
distance learning, extracurricular clubs, and tours of the school
building. Community immersion projects connect students’ classroom
learning to STEM careers.

STEM Advocate Award

The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a
passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in
leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.

Dr. Bernetta Harrell-Snell is a State Assessment & Performance
Integration Specialist at the Canton City School District.

Harrell-Snell is dedicated to advancing project-based STEM learning,
researching best practices in professional development for educators,
and creating activities for students and teachers to apply their

Her efforts were critical for the founding of the STEAMM Academy @
Hartford Middle School, which earned designation in 2018.
Harrell-Snell’s visionary focus on emphasizing project-based learning
leads STEAMM Academy students to build real-world understanding over a
series of culminating tasks.

She has secured professional development resources for teachers and
opportunities for students. She established a Website Design Challenge
for students in partnership with the Leila Green Alliance of Black
School Educators and volunteered to facilitate the project with the
students on her own time and at her own expense.

With Harrell-Snell’s research and advocacy, the STEAMM Academy @
Hartford Middle School has accomplished significant goals in STEM
development providing major benefits to students.

STEM Innovator Award

The Ohio STEM Innovator Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated
an outstanding contribution to the support of STEM education and
outreach within his or her region. This awardee is a leader that
identifies, supports, and promotes innovative practices that address
important challenges in expanding access to quality STEM education.

Dick Dieffenderfer is a Technology Education Manager at the Ohio
Technology & Engineering Educators Association.

His contributions bring high-quality technical, vocational education to
more Ohioans over a career of service at the Ohio Department of
Education, and Ohio State University. Dieffenderfer also served in the
United States Peace Corps.

Recognizing this service, he was named to the Ohio Technology Education
Association Academy of Fellows in 2007. Dieffenderfer is an active
member in the International Technology Education Association, Career
Technical Education Association, and American Association for
Engineering Education. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from
the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Council for Supervision and Leadership in 2012.

Dieffenderfer was instrumental in the development of the annual Ohio
Technology and Engineering Showcase hosted at the Ohio State Fair. Last
year, more than 85,000 fairgoers were presented with educational
sessions from robotics to drone racing. Throughout the 10-day event, 411
unique activities were presented, with the aim of providing Ohio
educators and parents with ideas and materials to take back to their
community to enhance student learning.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to
solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national
laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and
development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical
services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in
Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national
security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental
industries. For more information, visit

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or or
T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or


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Mitsubishi Electric to Conduct Trial of “Dynamic Sign”, Aiming for International Standardization

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it will conduct a formal trial of its “dynamic sign”, a new technology that allows the projection of animated images such as directions and alerts onto the floors of public facilities and other buildings. The venue for the trial, which aims to advance the international standardization of symbols used in dynamic sign as well as their application, will be the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Chofu City, Tokyo. The trial will be conducted during the men’s international wheelchair basketball competition “Mitsubishi Electric WORLD CHALLENGE CUP 2019” being hosted there from August 29 to September 1, 2019.

The trial will be conducted as part of the “International Standardization of Dynamic Sign” initiative, a joint effort by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Mitsubishi Electric, part of a project commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to the Japanese Standards Association.

The deployment of dynamic sign will make it easier and more convenient for visitors to find their way around large facilities. Mitsubishi Electric aims to thereby contribute to the realization of a society affording everyone equal ease of access, as well as to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

For the full text, please visit:


Customer Inquiries

Industrial Design Center

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Media Inquiries

Takeyoshi Komatsu

Public Relations Division

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Tel: +81-3-3218-2346

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Heilind Asia will Exhibit at I.C.E Booth L05 in NEPCON Vietnam 2019

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HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–From 11th to 13th September 2019, NEPCON Vietnam 2019 will take place at International Center for Exhibition (I.C.E) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Heilind Asia will exhibit at I.C.E Booth L05 together with its suppliers TE Connectivity, Alpha Wire, Molex, PEM, Cinch, Heyco, Metz and Panduit; displaying the latest products and solutions.

NEPCON Vietnam 2019, Vietnam’s only exhibition on SMT, testing technologies, equipment and supporting industries for electronics manufacturing, an all-in-one platform under the theme of “360º Manufacturing Integration.” Heilind Asia will display the latest electronic components and solutions, including but not limited to the brands of TE Connectivity, Alpha Wire, Molex, PEM, Cinch, Heyco, Metz and Panduit to visitors. Nepcon Vietnam 2019 is a unique showcase for the latest products and solutions in the rapidly growing Asian markets.

As authorized distributor for more than 100 world leading manufacturers, Heilind Asia supports both original equipment and contract manufacturers in all market segments of the electronics industry, stocking products from the industry’s leading manufacturers in 25 component categories, with a particular focus on interconnect and electromechanical products.

About Heilind Electronics:

Founded in 1974, Heilind Electronics, Inc. ( is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, switches, thermal management & circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire & cable, wiring accessories, insulation & identification, fastener/hardware and sensor products. Heilind has over 40 facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore and China.

Heilind Asia Pacific ( commenced operations in Dec 2012, and now has 23 locations throughout Asia. Its industry leading service offering to customers in Asia Pacific is the result of a commitment to the belief of “Distribution As It Should Be”. Learn more at and on Facebook, WeChat, Weibo and Twitter.



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“Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program”: Visit to Japan by the SICA Group and Cuba Group

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of the “Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program” promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 25 government officials, journalists, and experts from the 7 member countries of the System of Central American Integration (SICA) and Cuba will visit Japan from August 27 to September 4.

The group of visitors will visit companies and local governments in Tokyo and Hokkaido that are active in climate change and disaster prevention. The purpose of this invitation is to provide a broad understanding of the politics, economy, society, culture, history, and foreign policy of Japan and provide an opportunity for an understanding of the diversity of Japan though regional visits for the development of relationships between Japan and Latin America based on a deep mutual understanding.

It is hoped that this exchange program will strengthen the relationship between Japan and Latin America and that the participants will actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc.

*Objectives of the Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program

• Motivate people to become friendly toward Japan and to want to learn about Japan, deepen ties between Japan and Latin America, and expand the foundations of Japan’s foreign policy by encouraging an understanding of Japan’s foreign policy toward Latin America and the current status of such policy among people from Latin American and Caribbean countries who can be expected to contribute to strengthening relationships with Japan in various areas.

• Have the participants actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc. to contribute to improvements in the external image of Japan in international society and the furtherance of sustainable interest in Japan.

[Planned itinerary]

August 27 (Tuesday)

Arrival to Japan, visit to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, orientation, and briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 28 (Wednesday)

Briefing by the Ministry of the Environment, briefing by JICA, visit to Akihabara, and experiencing the Sumida Kinshicho Kawachi Ondo Big Bon Dance

August 29 (Thursday)

Visit to Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park and Sona Area Tokyo, visit to Odaiba, Parliamentary Vice-Minister courtesy visit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and visit to Imperial Palace and Nijubashi

August 30 (Friday)

Travel to Hokkaido

Niseko Town

August 31 (Saturday)

Participation in Toyako Lake Mount Usu Meister Network Half Day Program, cruise on Toyako Lake, and visit to Mt. Usu Ropeway

September 1 (Sunday)

Visit to Tomari Nuclear Power Plant, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and Otaru City

September 2 (Monday)

Travel to Tokyo

Visit to Toyosu Market, Toyota Mega Web, and JRC Nihon Musen

September 3 (Tuesday)

Visit to Furuno Electric, holding workshop, reporting meeting, and reception held by head of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau

September 4 (Wednesday)

Departure from Japan


Contact information for inquiries on this matter

Juntos!!2019 Secretariat

JTB Corporation, Kasumigaseki Business Division, Representative: Emi Sendoda, Takashi Komatsu

[TEL] +81-3-6737-9262 Weekdays 9:30-17:30 (not open on weekends and national holidays)

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