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Thursday, March 24 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Creating a Reason to Come to the Office: Making Space for Innovation

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Extension has an opportunity to not only provide access to information, but also to be the places of learning and innovation. Generally urban centers have access to technology and infrastructure, while in rural areas this is not always the case.  The maker movement has been a driving force for combining online innovation with hands-on DIY space (McCue2012).

A spark is defined as small fiery particle of burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion. Spark is also defined as anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst (www.dictionary.com).

The Hardin County Spark Lab instills that inspiration or “spark” that youth and adults need to learn, discover, and grow in a creative environment by providing access to current technology and equipment. Learn how to go beyond just setting up a maker space.  Convert your office space into a center of innovation framed through the education lens of a land grant university system.  As information moves online and there is a case made to regionalize or closed physical extension offices, our Spark lab makes a case for reinventing meeting rooms and office space into a space for innovation. High tech does not have to mean the loss of high touch.

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Jami Dellifield

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County
Jami Cavinee Dellifield is proud to be the newest addition to the Hardin County Extension Staff. Jami joined the team on October 5, 2015 as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. Jami was born and raised in Hardin County, and graduated from Riverdale High School in 1990. Jami is a 1994 graduate of Ohio Northern University (BA, Psychology— Minor,Communications) and a 2002 graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MA, Christian... Read More →
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Mark Light

4-H Youth Development Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
To work with youth and help them develop into adults by helping them to spark their inner creativitiy. Interest in STEM including Maker movement, robotics, arduino, coding, 3-D printing, drones, and animation. Founder of the Spark Lab Innovation Center.

Amanda Raines

The Ohio State University

Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Rio Grande West

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