The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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Got a kid who likes to tinker? Otterbein University is reaching out to a younger-than-usual crowd with a series of upcoming "maker" events.

Maker Mania, held in partnership with the PAST Innovation Lab, teams students with parents and teachers to create and build cool take-home projects, such as a paper speaker, smartphone microscope and wooden glider. The activities stress STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) disciplines.

Remaining programs in the series will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 and 20 at the Point (the new name for the STEAM Innovation Center) at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road.

The cost is $10 per student per session, free for parents and teachers. To register online, go

A School Based Asthma Therapy program from Nationwide Children's Hospital is helping reduce ER visits and hospital stays for participants. The initiative, which brings together students' doctors and school nurses, is aimed at helping high-risk asthma patients better manage their symptoms. Last year, 285 students took part in the program. According to the hospital, participating children's asthma control scores have improved 37 percent overall, emergency department visits are down 50 percent and hospitalizations are down 75 percent. For more information or to enroll, go to

More than 1,000 girls in grades 3-8 will descend on Columbus Commons on Nov. 12 for the Girls on the Run 5K. Organized by Girls on the Run of Franklin County, the event is the culmination of a 10-week training and education program held at more than 60 schools throughout central Ohio. The curriculum combines running with lessons on topics such as bullying, emotions, community service and making good choices. The family-friendly, noncompetitive event is open to the public, and ages 7 and younger can show their speed in a Kiddie Run. Go to to sign up.

Numerous holiday lights displays soon will illuminate the season, giving your family ample opportunity to ooh and aah in admiration. The folks at Experience Columbus rounded up some of the most popular annual events, two of which get underway Nov. 18. For the 18th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center, Santa Claus will help light the 50-foot Christmas tree and pose for photos with children. The drive-through Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park runs through Jan. 1. In addition to plenty of twinkling bulbs, the event offers free hot chocolate, cookies and a Santa House. Check them out at and