Local camp actually lets kids fly planes -- seriously

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Students design F-14 models at Air Camp.
Students design F-14 models at Air Camp.(Contributed)

There are a multitude of summer camps to which you can send your kids this year where they could learn plenty. But there’s only one in the Dayton area that will let them actually fly a real plane.

Launched in 2010, the Dayton-based Air Camp offers seventh through ninth grade students a comprehensive STEM education using aviation and aerospace as the medium. The program also focuses on the values of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The program draws students from all over the country every year.

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“(The founders) wanted to create an opportunity for students across the country to engage actively in STEM activities that are primarily connected to aviation and aeronautics,” said Director of Operations Shannon Coblentz. “They noticed from their line of work that there started to be a shortage in those areas. They believed that it was not necessarily a lack of interest or capability, but lack of knowledge that these opportunities exist.”

Air Camp will feature a day camp program for the first time.(Contributed)

The week-long camp hopes to catch middle school-aged students at a time period where studies show they tend to steer away from STEM-related subjects. Coblentz, a former principal, says confusion is often behind those decisions.

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“It’s usually based on misinformation about what’s required in the STEM fields, as well as sometimes having a lack of understanding of what an actual STEM profession is. We can help them to gain confidence to serve in the STEM fields and that can pique their interest in those fields.”

Air Camp Director of Operations Shannon Coblentz says the camp's goal is to give students more confidence in STEM fields.(Contributed)

Air Camp, made up entirely of teachers with STEM backgrounds, provides students with 15 hours of team-oriented educational activities daily, while taking them to various locations around the Dayton area. Throughout the week, the students are taught STEM concepts, and then tasked with using critical thinking skills they’ve obtained to solve problems or achieve goals. Team challenges include a simulated plane crash where campers are taught survival skills as well as using items commonly found on a plane to recover a black box from under water. 

“What they do is go through the actual rescue module to help save passengers if they ever ended up in the water. They are trained to save themselves first and the other passengers second,” Coblentz said.

And, yes, after taking flight ground school and charting their course, the campers will get the opportunity to fly as student pilots.

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However, Air Camp is now also offering a less-intensive program for younger students for the very first time. The day camp, designed for fourth through sixth grades, focuses partly on aviation, but also covers engineering, rocketry, botany, robotics, art and more. Like its counterpart, the day camp will take the students to various sites around the Miami Valley. 

The program is designed to take the intimidation out of learning about the STEM field. 

“We will help them to understand that a butterfly in particular has to overcome the same forces to fly that an airplane does. We know that will help them feel more comfortable about the physics of flight,” Coblentz explained.

Though the day camp students won’t get to fly an actual airplane, they will learn to code and fly their own unmanned aerial vehicle. 

The application process for middle school students includes an essay of 300 words or less and a teacher’s letter of recommendation. Day camp students are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Coblentz believes both camps are vital to how students approach STEM subjects and in showing them the long-term possibilities therein.

“We want to make sure they know that whatever they’re passionate about at this age, they can find a way to make a living at that as an adult,” she said.  

“Most importantly, we’ll teach them how to use data, and emphasize for both camps that the wrong answer is not a problem. Knowing what to do with the wrong answer is the critical skill.” 

Learn more about Air Camp at aircampusa.com. Air Camp is accepting applications through April 30. Basic requirements for application, including the application portal itself, can be found here


More than 70 beers from 30 breweries at this Halloween-inspired craft beer event

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Dp&l plant to be transformed

The old DP&L steam plant will rise from the grave this weekend for a Halloween-themed craft beer fest.  🍻👻

The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St. in Webster Station, will host the Ohio Craft Brewers Association Ale-O-Ween from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 

It will be the first public event at the renocated facility, the assocation says. The event is formerly known as Dia de las Cervezas.

>> PHOTOS: A sneak peek inside the old steam plant


Over 70 beers from 30 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand at this fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. 

“Creepshow,” “Witcher,” “Paranormal Hoptivity” and “Blood Orange PsycHOPathy” are just a few of the special brews. Here is the full list:

🍺Black Cloister Brewing Company: Casilda of Toledo, Mighty Samson 

🍺Carillon Brewing Company: Ginger Pale Ale, Squash Ale 

🍺Crooked Handle Brewing Company: Roadside Peanut Butter Porter, Witcher Pumpkin Ale 

🍺The Dayton Beer Company: Gem City Lager, Mad River Milk Stout 

🍺Elevator Brewing Company: 380 Left Coast IPA, Great White Pumpkin, Kiss My Kvass, Mocha Plum Stout 

🍺Eudora Brewing Company: 2016 Hullabaloo, Oktoberfest 

🍺Fat Head’s Brewery: Bumbleberry, Pumpkin Chucker 

🍺Fifth Street Brewpub: Biere de Garde, Hop Harvest 

🍺Grainworks Brewing Company: Haybale, Oatmeal Stout, Rye Saison, Scottish MISTS 

🍺Great Lakes Brewing Company: Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout 

🍺Hairless Hare Brewing Company: Caerbannog Brown Ale, Fire Roasted Pumpkin Porter 

🍺Heavier Than Air Brewing: Golden Ale, Oktoberfest 

🍺Little Fish Brewing Company: No-Fi Farmhouse IPA, Reinheitsgewhat Verde!? 

🍺Lock 27 Brewing: Charlosta Brown Ale, Exploration DIPA #1 

🍺Lucky Star Brewery: Black Hole Schwarzbier, Octubre Fiesta 

🍺MadTree Brewing Company: Axis Mundi, Blood Orange Psychopathy, Happy Amber, Lyft, Pilgrim 

🍺Moeller Brew Barn: Blackberry Prairie Wheat, Wally Post Red 

🍺Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.: Golden Ale, Porter, Witbier 

🍺Municipal Brew Works: Approachable Blonde, True West Coffee Porter 

🍺North High Brewing Company: Paw, Paw, Pass-Smoked Paw Paw Beer, Tree Tapper-Maple Brown Ale 

🍺Pinups & Pints: Pinup Pale Ale 

🍺Platform Beer Co.: Paranormal Hoptivity IPA, Thunder Precipitator Doppelbock 

🍺Rhinegeist Brewery: Peach Dodo gose, Rough Ridge pale ale 

🍺Seventh Son Brewing Company: Goo Goo Muck tart IPA, Wilderman Autumn Farmhouse Ale 

🍺Star City Brewing: 319 Wee Heavy, Weizen Star 

🍺Streetside Brewery: It's One Louder - Wet Hop Amarillo IPA, Key Lime Goes 

🍺Thirsty Dog Brewing Company: TBA 

🍺Toxic Brew Company: TBA 

🍺Warped Wing Brewing Company: 10 Ton Smores, Chardonnay Barn Gang, Creepshow, Ermals Creamsicle, Flyer Red, Pirogue BLACK, Pirogue Blanc 

🍺Yellow Springs Brewery: Captain Stardust-Saison, Foggy Commute-Northeast Pale Ale, Smokin Handsome-Smoked American Brown Ale, Noodle Burner-Northeast IPA 

Subject to change. Up-to-date beer list can be found at http://ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween

Renovation of the old Dayton Power & Light steam plant is expected to be completed later in 2017. The property at 617 E. Third St. is being turned into offices, event space and other amenities. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam. Taken May 18, 2017.(Tom Gilliam)


Built in 1907, the former Dayton Power & Light electric-generating facility has been renovated for use as an event venue, carefully preserving the unique architectural features such as high ceilings, exposed beams, brick walls and iconic floor-to-ceiling windows.

The plant’s renovation is part of the transform of the Webster Station neighborhood from an industrial and warehouse district into a hot spot for tech firms, housing and shopping.

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Ale-O-Ween will feature live music from The AmpFibians and Team Void, face painting and food from the The Drunken Waffle and El Meson, face painting by L. Hetherington Studio and tarot card readings. Craft beer enthusiasts are encouraged to dress up to win prizes in a costume contest. 

General admission tickets are $40 each in advance and include includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. 

Admission at the door at 5 p.m. will be $50. 

Designated driver admission will be $15 and includes a food voucher. 

Purchase online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/aleoween. 

Ale-O-Ween 2017 event flyer. CONTRIBUTED

‘No One Walks Alone’ at Making Strides breast cancer walk

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED
The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED

Jean Holloway didn’t fit the profile.

She was 37 years old, in good health with no family history of breast cancer. Holloway thought the lump in her breast was, most likely, a clogged milk duct, the result of nursing her young son.

“My doctor suggested I have a baseline mammogram to give me peace of mind,” she said.

What followed was a whirlwind of imaging tests and biopsies and the dreaded phone call confirming the cancer diagnosis. There would be no peace of mind.

“At first, I was thinking early stage, maybe just surgery and radiation, but it was all over my body,” she said. “I had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and my liver was riddled with tumors.”

Four months of chemotherapy followed her diagnosis. She still takes daily chemotherapy pills that target the cancer in her liver, as well as hormone suppressants.

“As cliché as it sounds, I take it one day at a time,” she said. “I have a great life, but I have cancer and it sucks.”

An estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Approximately six to 10 percent of those patients will be diagnosed with metastatic or Stage 4, and approximately another 30 percent of breast cancer patients will develop metastatic breast cancer.

“But only 2 percent of research funds go to metastatic cancer, so that is something I have become very passionate about,” Holloway said.

In addition to her participation in the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, Holloway also supports METAvivor, the sole organization in the country dedicated to awarding annual Stage 4 breast cancer research.

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Scenes from the 2016 Making Strides walk in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

Breast cancer is expected to take the lives of more than 40,000 women in this country this year. Strides events raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research, provide information and support 24-7, and provide access to mammograms for women who need them.

More than 13,000 people participated in last year’s event, raising close to $250,000. The goal this year is $350,000. From walkers in pink boas and tutus to children’s games and music, the Dayton Strides event is designed to be fun and family friendly.

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“It’s a celebration of life,” said Nikki Williams, director of communications of the American Cancer Society North Central Region. “We want people to know we’re supporting them and no one is in this alone.”

Holloway walked last year in the Dayton Strides event as a member of the PSA Airlines team. Little did she know what the following year would hold for her.

“It kind of haunts me that I was walking and I had cancer but I didn’t know it,” she said. “I was an anonymous participant listening to other people’s stories. Fast-forward a year and I was giving the survivor keynote speech. This event has a completely different meaning for me now.”


When: Oct. 21, registration/check-in and rolling start from 8-10 a.m.

Where: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Distance: 5K

Goal: $350,000

More: Warm-up with Pure Barre, children’s tent with crafts and a DJ

Info: DaytonOHStrides@cancer.org

Making a Difference – One Stride at a Time

Money raised in 2016 helped the American Cancer Society with a variety of programs

  • Road To Recovery — Nearly 335,000 rides to treatment and cancer-related appointments were provided.
  • Hope Lodge Communities — 456,000 free nights of lodging were provided to patients.
  • Cancer Information — More than 1.2 million calls and live chats from those seeking support, information and resources were handled by the 24/7 helpline.
  • Reach To Recovery — More than 11,000 peer support services were provided to breast cancer patients.
  • Patient Navigators — Nearly 45,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients received guidance from our patient navigators to help overcome barriers to care.
  • Breast Cancer Research — The American Cancer Society is currently funding 160 grants related to breast cancer – totaling more than $62 million.

Here’s what’s going on at TEDxDayton 2017 NOW

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

Today is TEDxDayton day at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. 

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In what has become one of the city’s favorite traditions, several speakers will come and share talks on a wide range of ideas from art to science to innovation. 

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Here are some of the best photos and posts from attendees who have used the hashtag #TEDxDayton2017.

#TEDxDayton2017 is underway!

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#tedxdayton with this fabulous lady. #mylifeisawesome

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4min 33sec by John Gage performed by Neil Gittleman and #TEDxDayton2017

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LISTEN! Melody Percussion Bass 1 person 1 instrument #TEDxDayton2017

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Just got lei'd at #tedxdayton2017 😉😂 5 years!!! @tedxdayton #dayton

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4 events guaranteed to BRIGHTEN your day (or night)

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Chinese Lantern Festival

It’s time to brighten your weekend with a little GLOW! Don’t miss two bright and shiny events this weekend, and plan for two more coming soon!


🌟 GLOW: Nature at Night

When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Info: Facebook event

Enjoy a glowing wonderland of luminescent art installations and fiery entertainment at GLOW: Nature at Night, a reinvention of Enchanted Forest. You can visit the GLOW store in the Farm Discovery Center and adorn yourself with unique glow items, such a hats, shoelaces, necklaces and fingernail polish. Children can create gleaming glow-in-the-dark make and take creations in a special children’s activity area.

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The Great Pumpkin Glow, part of Pumpkin Fest, is turning Adventures on the Great Miami into a giant, forested pumpkin patch this October.(CONTRIBUTED)


When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 

Where: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City 

Info: Greatmiami.net | Event Facebook page

Adventures on the Great Miami’s second annual Pumpkin Glow will include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin glow, food, and a bonfire. The pumpkin glow starts at 8:20 p.m.



When: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31.

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

>> The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow returns in 2017! 

After taking last year off, the tradition continues on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood. The family-friendly event features more than 800 intricately carved jack-o’-lantern.

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(HANDOUT)


When: Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, 5:30-10 p.m. nightly

Where: Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus

Info: Website | Facebook

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. The festival will be open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m. The ticket booth opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m.

>> Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning this year