Quick takes – September 26th

Nice idea

Northside Middle School art teacher Brian Irwin has created a product that will cut down on toxin contamination in the home and workplace, and six years of refining it were rewarded with a 20-year patent.

His “drip containment apparatus system and method” uses the absorbent properties of clay to get rid of harmful substances funnels leave behind. It’s also eco-friendly.

This personal project not only benefits homeowners and the environment, but is a nice lesson for his students to see what can become of a person’s idea.

Fun with STEM

Schmitt Elementary School’s revamped STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education incorporates fun with learning. Students recently used Legos to build a replica of the massive Cummins QSK95 engine, which produces 4,000 horsepower and powers dump trucks, mining trucks and ships.

They received guidance from Cummins employees and produced the parts to build a 128-pound replica. The exercise literally provided building blocks to help kids understand at an early age applications of STEM subjects, and get them interested in a fun way.

This was a good example of creative learning in important fields of study.

Community asset

Columbus ArtFest again showed its value to the community by having its first Plein Air Paintout Sept. 12 and 13 downtown. Fifteen entrants created community scenes — which were available for purchase the second day — and good weather helped make for a nice time.

ArtFest is a community asset that adds to the quality of life of residents, and is a nice attraction for art enthusiasts. Those who participated and attended deserve thanks for their support.