Quick takes – October 22

Good idea

Museums are in the business of educating people about the past, often by using static exhibits of artifacts to educate by visual means. The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum has taken that a step further and in the process found a way to navigate having more artifacts than display space available.

The museum has begin using digital photo galleries to provide more images of artifacts and historical moments to accomplish its education mission. The digital galleries are used in conjunction with its current exhibits to provide additional context.

Museum volunteer David Day’s suggestion to use digital photo galleries is a smart solution and an added bonus for visitors, who should appreciate how the digital galleries increase the depth of information the museum’s exhibits provide.

Fundraiser makes splash

The annual Kiwanis Duck Splash on Oct. 8 in Mill Race Park raised $60,995 to benefit local youth organizations. People adopted 15,683 ducks, which were released on Round Lake to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes.

Kudos to the event’s organizers and those who participated and adopted ducks. Those efforts support organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of children.

Great opportunity

With its heavy involvement in the advanced manufacturing industry, Columbus has an ongoing need for engineers to meet employers’ needs. A new engineering scholarship will help.

Ivy Tech Community College will begin offering during the 2017-18 school year the Robert N. Brown Engineering Scholarship, a two-year program that is intended for graduating high school seniors. Eventually, two students will be in the program at the same time — one in the first year and the other completing the second. The scholarship covers the full tuition cost of the two years ($4,000 per year), helping students obtain an engineering degree at a reduced cost, and is transferable to IUPUC and Purdue Polytechnic Institute to complete four-year degrees.

The scholarship is a generous gift from the children of the late newspaper executive and a good use of a local resource such as Ivy Tech to make it possible.