Akron Global Polymer Academy Talks Polymers at SECO Symposium


Fellenstein-Headshot-Landscape-Web-012317Robotics, gardening, coding, and polymers: they all have something in common. They are topics at the 2018 Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Symposium, where our own John Fellenstein will be speaking later this month.

SECO is the Ohio division of the National Science Teacher’s Association, a non-profit organization whose focus is strengthening science education by collaborating with educators from all over. Their annual symposium will be held on January 29-30 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio, and there will be dozens of panels and speakers there to collaborate with fellow educators.

Among them will be John Fellenstein, the Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA). As Content Specialist, Fellenstein travels to classrooms around Akron to promote polymer education in K-12 settings. In addition to these visits he plans family science nights, organizes student tours of CPSPE facilities, and helps to facilitate the Research Experience for Teachers program at UA. The job gives him plenty of experience in experimenting with different ways to teach STEM subjects to students of all ages.

“We have a responsibility to get kids interested in the sciences because the demand is great for employees that know how to solve problems and think analytically,” said Fellenstein in an interview for CPSPE’s Staff Spotlight.

Fellenstein will be attending the SECO Symposium this month, and on the 29th he will be giving a talk called “Creating Shape Memory Polymers,” explaining a new way to get students involved in polymers. He will be accompanied by educators like him who believe STEM is important for young students to be successful in their prospective careers.