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Otterbein University Hosts Community Cardboard Challenge

September 23, 2016

Event kicks off day of activities at Grand Opening of new STEAM Innovation Center.

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is partnering with the Columbus Museum of Art and the PAST Innovation Lab to host the Community Cardboard Challenge from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the STEAM Innovation Center, 60 Collegeview Road. Students from grades K-12 are invited to get creative and design cool cardboard objects. The event is free and open to the public.

The Community Cardboard Challenge is designed to celebrate and champion creativity, imagination, critical thinking and community engagement. It is part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. For more information, visit cbusatplay.com.

The challenge is just one activity centered around the grand opening of Otterbein’s new, one-of-a kind STEAM Innovation Center, which integrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Otterbein will hold a “wire cutting” ceremony and announcement of the winner of the building’s naming contest at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will include Otterbein President Kathy Krendl, STEAM Innovation Center Executive Director Erin Bender and state and city dignitaries.

The ceremony will be followed by tours, demonstrations, giveaways, food and drinks from 12-2 p.m. 

Demonstrations will include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, musical pipes, laser engraving, and wood cutting. An art space and robots will be on site with members of First Robotics high school teams and representatives from National Robotics Challenge.

PC the Patrol Car and Buster the Bus, two robots from the City of Westerville and Westerville City Schools, will be roaming the building.

Otterbein’s students and faculty are partnering with businesses and industry experts in the center to explore, test, invent and create new ideas for the future while getting hands-on experience that will lead to job creation and economic development for the state of Ohio. The center’s programming will engage the K-12 and two-year public education communities in developing a pipeline of students to help fill the region’s workforce needs.

Otterbein partners attending the event include City of Westerville, Columbus State Community College, Ikove Capital Partners, PolymerOhio and Westerville City Schools. Also in attendance will be the center’s architect, Moody Nolan; contractor, Corna Kokosing; structural engineer, Jezerinac Geers; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineer, Karpinski.

For more information about the STEAM Innovation Center, call 614.823-1420 or visit otterbein.edu/steamcenter.

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