Children at the Montessori Academy of Cincinnati got an up-close look at energy and electricity this week when representatives of COSI visited the Mason school Tuesday.The Enquirer’s Leigh Taylor was there to capture the fun. Click on an image below to see a larger resolution version.
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EMerge Health Solutions, a six-year-old medical documentation company, is expanding into new headquarters in Mason.
The company, which grew out of a gastroenterology practice in Avondale and had been operating out of the Mason Municipal Center, announced its relocation this week to larger office space along I-71 at 7264 Columbia Road.
The move allows eMerge to accommodate growing demand for its for its high-tech medical records system and growing workforce, company officials said.
The company’s hands-free documentation and workflow solutions for the healthcare industry allows physicians and nurses to document procedures in real time by utilizing keyword-driven voice commands. The system is designed to eliminate paperwork and increase productivity.
“We chose this new space to accommodate the increasing demand for our solution and our rapid company growth,” said Trent McCracken, the company’s president and CEO.
EMerge relocated its headquarters from Avondale to Mason earlier this year after receiving a $250,000 investment from CincyTech, the downtown-based public/private venture fund.
The money is part of $850,000 raised from investors as the company moves toward broader commercialization.
After five months, the company outgrew its office space at the Mason Municipal Center and will now occupy space vacated by AssureRX, another Mason company that recently expanded into larger office space in Mason.
The move is the latest in a string of high-profile development deals in Mason including Seapine Software’s new $7 million technical center on Western Row Road, and headquarters expansions by Top Gun Sales Performance, AssureRx Health Inc., Rhinestahl Corp. and Intelligrated.
“The way our leadership team understands the dynamic needs of high-tech, entrepreneurial firms has given companies like eMerge Health the opportunity to grow and expand, bringing more jobs to Mason and propelling our city to a new level of business attraction and retention,” said Mason Mayor David Nichols.
The rise of the tech and bio-health industry in Mason has a “multiplier effect” on the city’s ability to accomplish other economic strategies, added Michele Blair, Mason’s director of economic development.
“The intent is gaining this critical mass in the high-technology and bio-health industries that brings momentum in additional emerging companies’ interest and greater workforce availability in science and technology fields,” she said.
The company, which employs 11, expects to expand its workforce to fill the new space, McCracken said.
Mason Intermediate will hold its annual Math and Science Night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. this evening.
Last year’s event drew a record number of crowds, with more than 2,400 students in grades 2-5 and their families attending. Organizers hope for even greater participation this year.
The free event is sponsored by PTO organizations at Mason Heights, Western Row and Mason Intermediate schools.
More than 40 hands-on activities and demonstrations will be offered, including Hover craft rides, liquid nitrogen shows, Mad Science and a Brainetics show. School faculty will perform a Magic of Science finale at 8:10 p.m.
Mason Intermediate is at 6307 Mason-Montgomery Road and can be reached at 513-459-2850.
Mason High School sophomore Aman Kumar was one of 13 Ohio students selected to present scientific research at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Kumar presented his research, titled “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology: A Novel Method to Assist the Blind, the Visually Impaired and Dementia Patients,” Wednesday on behalf of the Ohio Academy of Science.
He has been named an honorary fellow of the American Junior Academy of Science, an honor presented to just 87 students nationwide, and a John H. and Ruth Melvin Memorial STEM Scholar.
Kumar will now have the chance to meet and interact with world-known scientists, including Novel Laureates, to discuss research on such far-ranging topics as the Hubble Space telescope to nanotechnology.
School science fairs have come a long way from Mr. Wizard.
Gone are the days of hamster mazes and solar system models crafted from styrofoam. At the Mason Schools Science Fair on Thursday, students entered projects on solar and thermodynamic energy, desalinization systems for developing nations and artificial intelligence.
“It’s the biggest one yet and it keeps growing every year,” said Mason Middle School teacher and fair co-coordinator Mark Sullivan of the 122 projects entered in this year’s competition. “This isn’t for a grade; it’s for the love of science. The kids treat it very seriously.”
Forty-nine students received a superior ranking Thursday, making them eligible to advance to the regional Southwest Ohio Science and Engineering Expo at the University of Cincinnati on March 10.
From there it’s on to the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day, which saw 17 Mason students compete last year.
It was the first year of entering for seventh-grader Austin Vetter, who designed, coded and built a robot to navigate through a maze. Austin, who programs in several different computer languages and runs his own computer server at home, remained modest about his project, which earned him a superior ranking and accolades from judges.
“I just wanted to show what I could do,” he said with a shrug.
Seventh-grader Amy Huang stayed up late every night for a week to evaluate her project on generating electricity with dye-sensitized solar cells. She tested the effectiveness of natural versus synthetic dyes to see which conducted the most electricity.
“I like science because there’s a lot of things you can do hands-on,” she said.
Manasa Pradhan, also in the seventh grade, constructed a solar-powered air conditioner that uses a high- to low-pressure system to generate cooled air.
“I just love science,” she said. “I saw a lot of great projects; there was a lot of competition this year.”
Amy and Manasa were among a high number of girls who entered this year’s fair, a welcome sight for teachers who try to spark girls’ interest in the STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — fields.
“Traditional science settings are male-dominated, but not here,” said Sullivan.
Critical thinking skills and an emphasis on environmental concerns were evident throughout the annual science fair, but so too were creativity and fun.
Eighth-grade twin sisters Sophia and Ellie Privitera froze earthworms and reanimated them to see if they could survive (they did). The twins titled their project “Cryowormics,” but jokingly nicknamed it “zombie worms.”
“We didn’t think it would be so gross,” said Ellie with a giggle.
Middle-schoolers Destyni Dulin and Jordyn Burke took one cosmetic manufacturer to task with their claims of fuller, plumper eyelashes.
“We wanted to find the one that would pop out your eyelashes more,” said Jordyn.
The pair evaluated five different mascaras to determine which brand produced longer lashes — use Covergirl Lashblast Fusion, they recommend.
While Mason students have traditionally fared well in math and science, Sullivan says shows like “Mythbusters” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” have made science cool again.
The fair has become so popular in recent years that organizers may need to seek out a larger venue than the Mason Middle School Commons to hold it in, he said.
“That’s a great problem to have,” he said with a laugh.
Representatives from iSpace, a science-based educational program, visited students at the Primrose School in neighboring Symmes Township this week. Students learned about living and working in outer space. The Enquirer’s Leigh Taylor was there to catch the buzz. Click on each image to see a larger resolution version.
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Representatives from Mad Science, a science-based party program, visited students at Endeavor Learning Center in Mason this week. Students experimented with different chemicals like baking soda and vinegar to make a Play-Doh-like putty. The Enquirer’s Leigh Taylor was there to catch what was brewing. Click on each image to see a larger-resolution version.
Interested in science? Then Mason Schools is looking for you.
Volunteers are needed to judge the district’s annual Science Fair competition, set for Thursday, Feb. 2 at Mason Middle School.
About 250 middle and high school students are expected to compete in the popular competition. Judges should be interested in science and able to volunteer that day beginning with a complimentary dinner at 3 p.m. and ending with an 8 p.m. awards ceremony.
If interested in volunteering, email science fair co-coordinator Jay Reutter at reutter firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 6. For more information, call fair co-coordinator Mark Campbell at 513-398-9035, ext. 44450.
Students at The Primrose School in neighboring Symmes Township learned about astronauts, space and science last week, thanks to members of iSPACE. The Enquirer’s Leigh Taylor was there to capture the fun. Click on the photos below to see larger-res versions.
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