2009 Personnel Support Grants
Building Flexible Models to Integrate College Access with County-based Extension Education
Through the OSU CARES Grant new curriculum materials were developed for the Ohio State Extension Service’s 88 offices across Ohio. A kindergarden-2nd grade College Access Curriculum was developed for use with the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Program. A pilot project was completed in Brown and Pike Counties to evaluate the materials. As a result of the pilot, the Cloverbud Curriculum Materials will be implemented as a part of the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud materials. A publication entitled, “Cornelius College Adventure” was authored by Rebecca Cropper to use as a part of the College Access Lesson. Through the grant, 1,949 youth in grades K-12 were involved in College Access Programming. Students participated in a multifaceted program from in-class programs, STEM-related College Access events, College Access “Carnivals”. An additional 300 families participated in a pilot College Access session in collaboration with Ohio State’s One In 88 Team. OSU Extension also partnered with the Alternative Spring Break project in reaching four school districts in Adams and Brown County and the pilot of a similar project in Vinton County. A CD was created with the College Reality and College Board Activities. The grantee partnered with a local vocational school’s media class for the replication of the CD. The grant provided resources to begin the implementation of College Access within Extension Programming.
Formalizing Partnerships Between OSU Extension and OSU STEM Research: Pursuing Opportunities in a Time of Transition
Federal agencies such as NSF and NIH increasingly require proposals for research funding to include plans for providing STEM educational outreach. In order for their proposals to be competitive, OSU researchers need outreach partners who can provide meaningful STEM education programming, and OSU Extension can serve as that partner through its expertise in youth development and its statewide presence. A primary barrier to this partnership is the underdeveloped communication between OSU STEM researchers and Extension. This OSU CARES project fostered communication between 4-H and Project GRO, the Office of Research’s resource for the development of outreach portions of proposals for research funding. Project GRO worked with 4-H and STEM researchers to lead the preparation of proposals to two NSF programs in which Extension played central roles, establishing a communication infrastructure between OSU Extension and Project GRO that could facilitate the inclusion of Extension as an outreach partner in future funding proposals by STEM researchers.
This grant was submitted by Christopher Andersen, Director, Project GRO, Office of Research and Office of University Outreach and Engagement
Vicki Schwartz, Associate State 4-H Leader