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Jennifer Noxsel recognized by OSBA Southwest Region

posted Mar 13, 2013, 12:46 PM by Greg Young   [ updated May 31, 2013, 8:40 AM ]
The Ross Local School District is  pleased to announce that on March 12, 2013, Jennifer Noxsel was recognized by the Ohio School Board Association Southwest Region as the Faculty Member of the Year. Considering that the Southwest Region is comprised of seven counties in southwest Ohio, this is an extremely prestigious honor. Jennifer was introduced by Ross Board of Education member Ed Bosse at a dinner/meeting and received a plaque.

Jennifer has been responsible for developing a highly successful FIRST Lego League Robotics program at Ross Middle School. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. At FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournaments teams pit their robots against each other on a mission playing field in an arena complete with an emcee, music, and screaming fans. It’s all friendly competition, with an emphasis on learning and discovery rather than winning.


Jennifer began the program at Ross Middle School five years ago with one team and an interest in technology as it relates to communication skills. As a speech pathologist she had a concern about how technology is impacting our students with regard to interpersonal communication skills, abstract thinking, and attention span. The FIRST Lego League challenges team members in all of these areas.


Over the past five years, Jennifer conducted four robotics programming summer camps and has hosted three FLL Regional Robotics Tournaments at Ross Middle School. The school now has five robotics teams with over 40 student members. Volunteer coaches and mentors include parents, community members, and high school students. They share engineering and technical expertise with the middle school students. Several community businesses provide financial support to the robotics program. Due to the experience gained in the FLL program at the middle school level, our high school has now started a robotics program.


In summary, Jennifer Noxsel has had a large impact on the Ross Schools Community. Her effort in starting a robotics program has made STEM learning fun for our students. She is to be commended for her vision and effort on behalf of the students of the Ross Local School District.