The United States Commits to STEM Education

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STEM Education
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Oregon resident Cody Gotchall is currently a student at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. An American Red Cross blood donor since 2012 who also volunteers at the United First Methodist Church, Cody Gotchall applies his interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to his college studies.

Collectively referred to as STEM, the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are key subjects in developing expertise to solve complex problems and analyze information. However, few American students today pursue advanced education in STEM subjects. Due to this fact, the United States Government has set a benchmark to develop and retain 100,000 STEM teachers and graduate over a million more STEM students over the next 10 years.

The commitment to increased STEM education involves 13 federal agencies as well as the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. A major component of the commitment is to enhance federal investments in several areas. These include early childhood STEM education, outreach to sustain engagement in STEM, efforts to enhance undergraduate and graduate level STEM programs, and work to address groups that are underrepresented in the current STEM professions. For additional information, visit http://www.ed.gov/stem.

The American Red Cross Blood Donation Process

American Red Cross
American Red Cross

 

Cody Gotchall resides in Oregon, and is pursuing career opportunities that involve data analytics and mathematics. Currently a student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall regularly engages in volunteer work in his local community. To help people in need, he has been donating blood to the American Red Cross since 2012.

Founded in 1881 by Clara Barton in Washington D.C., the American Red Cross is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. The organization maintains a large international network of volunteers and partners, known as the global Red Cross Network, to address hardships caused by emergencies. In addition to disaster relief, the Red Cross also provides a variety of international relief services, educational programs, and blood collection services that help millions of patients across the world.

Volunteers that wish to donate blood must first complete basic registration with a staff member before completing a mini physical examination and health history assessment. Once these steps are complete, a technician completes the donation process by cleaning an area on the arm before inserting a sterile needle to draw blood, which takes eight to 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided by the American Red Cross once this process is complete. For additional information on donating blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.

Oregon State Beaver Baseball Camps Teach Youth about Baseball

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Oregon State Beaver Baseball
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Cody Gotchall has been studying accounting, data analytics, and mathematics in Linn-Benton Community College’s iLearn Online degree and certificate program. Having previously studied at Oregon State University (OSU), Cody Gotchall remains a fan of the OSU baseball team.

OSU hosts several baseball camps as part of its attempt to get youth involved with baseball. Designed for players between second and 12th grades, these camps provide high-quality baseball instruction.

During the course of a Beaver Baseball Camp, campers have the opportunity not only to develop their individual skills and knowledge of the sport, but also to participate in actual baseball games. Moreover, they receive guidance about improving themselves off the field.

The Oregon State Beaver Baseball Camps are held during the winter, summer, and fall. Winter camps are held at the Truax Center, while summer and fall camps are held at OSU in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and at the softball field. Occasionally, other venues are used, too.

OSU’s head coach and his assistants, along with other junior college and high school coaches, lead the camps. Campers are expected to bring their own equipment, and overnight campers must bring towels, sleeping bags, and other overnight necessities.