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May 18, 2017

Digital Academy students get a jump start at Career Day

What will you be when you grow up? On Thursday, May 18, TRECA Digital Academy students got a jump start at Career Day! Students heard from a Natural Resources Officer, a Personal Trainer, and TRECA's very own resident Archaeologist, Mr. Burcham, and Artist, Mr. Monnin. The speakers discussed the schooling that was required for their career paths and the various paths students could take. All speakers had a common piece of advice for students: volunteer or get a summer job where you would like to work to help get your foot in the door. They also recommended to pay attention in school and do something you love!

The Toledo Zoo came in for our afternoon session. Students learned all about extinction and why it is happening to some animals. We had five special visitors join us: a vinegaroon, a cross-eyed opossum, a very soft chinchilla, a turtle, and a snake. Students were very engaged and asked a lot of great questions throughout the day!

May 03, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Ohio State Reformatory

On Wednesday, May 3, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Ohio State Reformatory. The tour covered the general history of the reformatory as well as the Hollywood aspects. The reformatory opened in 1896 and began as a place to house young first-time offenders. The prisoners went to school, learned a trade, and were only in their cells to sleep. Some of them felt like they were getting such a good education, that they didn't apply for parole until they completed their schooling. Due to overcrowding in other prisons, the reformatory eventually had to start taking older inmates, with more serious crimes. The reformatory housed over 155,000 inmates until it closed in December 1990 due to overcrowding and inhumane conditions.

The tour began in the warden's living quarters, followed by the chapel and the various cell blocks. The East Cell Block is six stories high and is the highest freestanding cell block in existence. Students then saw solitary confinement, the library center, and some of the props that were used in the movie,The Shawshank Redemption, that was filmed onsite in 1993.

Over a span of about 20 years, the reformatory has been cleaned, preserved, and restored by volunteers so the public can tour the building and understand what it was like to live and work within it's confines. 

April 27, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Imagination Station

On Thursday, April 27, TRECA Digital Academy students made a return trip to Imagination Station! Students visited the IDEA lab, a tinkering space where they could put their science, art, engineering, and design ideas to work. This time around, students were tasked with making pinball machines out of cardboard and other materials. Mind Zone was another popular area where they learned about the way our mind perceives the world. The space is specifically designed to challenge mind's in fun and surprising ways. Students could defy gravity in the Distorted Gravity Room, boggle their mind with optical illusions, and distort perception in the Ames Room. It's always a fun time at the Imagination Station!

April 26, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

On Wednesday, April 26, TRECA Digital Academy students visited the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Students and families had a 90-minute guided tour of the aquarium. They explored many exhibits that ranged from rescued tortoises to an 11,000 gallon stingray touch pool. They also walked through a 175 foot sea tube that takes you to the ocean floor where barracuda, grouper, and shark swim overhead! There are more than 1,400 animals representing 250 species. Students learned about aquatic life and conservation, and what they can do to help. Students then ended the day with a presentation on sharks! They learned how sharks are tracked, the important role they play in the biome, and why we study them.

March 03, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the American Whistle Corporation

On Friday, March 3, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a tour of the American Whistle Corporation! American Whistle Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States! Students learned who buys whistles and why, and then saw the process of manufacturing a whistle from raw material to the packaged product. The whistles are made out of solid brass in order to deliver a consistent high frequency, rich demanding alarm that commands attention. They are also the only manufacturer of rubber Safe-T-Tips in the United States. This rubber cover slips over the mouthpiece of the whistle and protects the teeth and lips from impact and extremes in temperature. Students were able to see mechanical engineering at work in one-of-a-kind machines. And now we know, how the ball gets inside the whistle!