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December 12, 2017

Digital Academy students attend STEM Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets

On Tuesday, December 12, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in STEM Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets! The afternoon kicked off with an open skate on the main ice. Students loved being able to skate on the same ice as the players! After the open skate, students and families gathered to watch a video on the Blue Jackets’ founder, John McConnell. Students learned how he started the team and the barriers he overcame to create an NHL team in Columbus. The later half of the afternoon was filled with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! Students had a Q&A with a panel of professionals from various industries including:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets PA Announcer, Greg Murray
  • IT Solutions Delivery Director at IGS Energy, Matt Keller
  • Application Development Manager at IGS Energy, Rick Kierner
  • Assistant Program Director for OB/GYN Residency at Mount Carmel Health and OSU, Elsie Young.

Students enjoyed asking the panel questions and learning about each of their fields. We learned about their day-to-day job responsibilities, the steps they took to get to where they are today, and also the challenges they face in their field. Their common piece of advice for students was to follow your passion!

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December 04, 2017

TRECA student is headed to iPOP! to pursue acting dreams!

Aidan Rogers, 7th grader at TRECA Digital Academy, has been selected to audition at the International Presentation of Performers (iPOP!). It’s the largest single event where hundreds of scouts, agents, coaches, and managers are looking for talent! Aspiring performers from over 30 countries come together to train with industry experts and audition in front of professionals.

Aidan’s journey started two months ago when he saw an ad to audition for an acting and modeling workshop in Columbus. Aidan said he’s always been very shy, but always had a secret dream of acting. He said his mom was completely shocked that he wanted to audition!

There were 300 kids at the audition and 25 were selected to participate in the workshop. Aidan made the cut! He received coaching in auditioning techniques, monologues, improv, acting principles, and more. Much of the content was delivered from big Hollywood names including Robert Vito from Spy Kids and famous director and acting coach, Julian Georgeo.

After the workshop, Aidan was personally selected by Julian Georgeo to attend iPOP! in January 2018 in Las Vegas! He is beyond excited about the possibilities! He is hoping to be selected for a commercial, magazine, or even a TV show.

Aidan says he will always continue to meet his goals, maintain honor roll at school, and encourage others to reach for their dreams. We’re so excited that you found your path, Aidan! We will all be rooting for you. Break a leg!

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November 28, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the American Sign Museum

On Tuesday, November 28, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a tour of the American Sign Museum! The walking tour encompassed 100 years of sign history, from the late 1800’s through the 1970’s. Students learned about the history of American signage by exploring the “signs of the times.” Signs were split into different eras, and students learned about unique techniques used and design characteristics from each era. The eras consisted of the pre-electric era, the light bulb era, the neon era, and the plastics era. Students also learned about “trade signs” that were made into a shape of an object to represent an industry or field. This was helpful for people who were not able to read, as the symbolism of the sign visually indicated the function of a business. We learned a lot on our field trip to the American Sign Museum! Thank you to all our families who attended!

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November 17, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Spangler Candy Company

On Friday, November 17, TRECA Digital Academy students went on a field trip to the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, OH. The visit began with a scavenger hunt in the Spangler museum that featured historical artifacts and product samples from years past. We learned that in 1906, Arthur Spangler bought the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company for $450. Spangler moved the company to Bryan, OH and renamed it the Spangler Manufacturing Company. In 1911, they ventured into the candy business, and by 1920 all of their products were candy!

After the scavenger hunt, students hopped on the Dum Dums Trolley and toured the facility! Students learned how they made Dum Dums, Saf-T-Pops, Circus Peanuts, and candy canes! On the tour, students experienced the flavor room, pack out area, laboratory, and more! Spangler makes 10,000 Dum Dums every minute, totaling 12 million every day. They are also the only company left in the United States that makes candy canes, which we learned was a very difficult process! Students and families really enjoyed learning about the candy making process! Thank you to the Spangler Candy Company for a great field trip!

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October 26, 2017

Digital Academy students visit Hale Farm & Village

On Thursday, October 26, TRECA Digital Academy students went on a field trip to Hale Farm & Village! Students took a self-guided tour of the village and learned how families lived, worked, and played in the Western Reserve. Students were able to see the first settlement cabin, and learned where the phrase “night night, sleep tight” came from, why a dollar is referred to as a “buck,” and all about the barter system. Students saw live demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop and at the Glassblower’s Shop. They learned how glass is made and what you can do to color the glass. Student then visited the General Store and compared the cost of things back then to now. We also stopped to see the Meetinghouse and the Goldsmith House, and learned that the color yellow was a status symbol in that era. We ended our visit at the Hale Farm Barn and learned about the different animals they had, where they came from, and what their purpose was. Some of the students even took turns grinding up corn. It was a beautiful day to tour the village! Thank you to our families and everyone at the village for a great day!

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