Two of five projects selected for funding through the national eXtension Foundation Innovation Lab are from Ohio State.
The 4-H BioBand Fitness Tracker project, directed by Robert Horton in 4-H, features a first-of-its-kind 4-H BioBand Fitness Tracker kit with an Arduino microcontroller that connects heart rate, physical activity, and temperature and can operate within the structure of the internet. The project team wants to demystifying the basic principles of technology design and data collection and allow youth, as "Data Scientists," to examine their own fitness behavior, customize their Bio-Band’s data input to fit their physical profile, and compare their experiences with others.
Mark Light, Extension Educator in Hardin County, will expand the 4-H pilots for Maker Festivals and Tech Wizards to more rural areas across Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana. Wikipedia describes the Maker Movement this way: "Maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment."