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Young scientists showcase research at annual symposium

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For more than 50 years, the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium has provided a competitive forum for the state’s budding young scientists to present the results of their research, with the chance to advance to national and international contests. The 54th edition of the Ohio symposium will be held March 15-17, 2017, at Bowling Green State University. To learn more about the event, and organizers’ efforts to recruit more minorities and girls to participate, we contacted the symposium’s regional […]

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Thinking through back-to-school psychology with Dr. Lisa Hinkelman

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A new academic year can be an exciting time for some students and an anxious one for others. And, as the newness wears off, all kids can become bored with their classes. How can teachers — and parents — help their students maintain an eagerness to go to school and to learn? To provide some insight, we contacted counselor Lisa Hinkelman, founder and executive director of the Dublin, Ohio-based girls’ empowerment program Ruling Our eXperiences and author of “Girls Without […]

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Deadlines near for competition that turns ideas into inventions

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One of the most frequent questions we receive is “How do I find opportunities for STEM outside of the class day?” The national eCYBERMISSION program can be a great answer. The program’s open for student teams now, but the deadline is approaching. For a quick overview, we reached out to Kathleen Kelly, Project Manager for eCYBERMISSION at the National Science Teachers Association. Read our chat below. To hear about the program from a student’s eye, read our July interview with Ashton Cofer, a […]

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Designing an end to opioid abuse

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Ohio is facing a major opioid overdose crisis. Nearly seven Ohioans a day are lost in heroin and opioid-related deaths.1 Many schools have dealt with the fallout from this crisis. Today, we’re announcing a push to do more. This year, many of our schools will plan and implement design challenges on understanding and eliminating Ohio’s opioid crisis. What’s a design challenge? It’s a long term project where students learn their content by creating a new solution to a real-world problem. Design challenges offer […]

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Student team creates water filter from litter

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To find students applying STEM learning to real-life problems, look no further than four Gahanna Middle School East eighth-graders.  As their entry in an eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the Army Educational Outreach Program, the student team came up with a waste-saving, water-purifying idea that has garnered $25,000. Julia Bray, Luke Clay, Natalie Clay and Ashton Cofer created a process called Styro-Filter, which aims to convert polystyrene waste (disposable foam cups, plates, coolers and packing material) into activated carbon for water […]

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Growing roots in STEM

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With springtime’s natural beauty all around us, many teachers are using nature to impact academic lessons. Teaching about Mother Nature — as well as the design process, engineering and other seemingly unrelated fields — is the goal of two gardening projects at Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and DECA Prep. To give us background on the projects, we contacted Tracy Martz, director of STEM Initiatives at DECA.

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Ohio’s MIT – the Metro Institute of Technology

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by Sam Bodary for Battelle Education “He just took a piece of plywood, a tarp, and a leafblower and made his own hovercraft!” Andy Allmandinger enthusiastically brags about his first class of students at Metro Institute of Technology, the newest school affiliated with Columbus’ Metro Early College High School and Metro Early College Middle School. “What he found is that the more you weigh the better it floats. So when I went to push off the wall my feet went […]

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Teachers interview scientists: The heart of engineering

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. For our final interview, here’s Claire Hampel from Metro Early College Middle School and David Chase from Battelle to tell you more about their work together.Claire: Hi! My name is Claire Hampel and I’m a middle school science and English teacher at the Metro School. I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio where I went to the University of Dayton for Education. […]

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Teachers interview scientists: Reading for the lab

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. Erika Reeves, a teacher, and scientist Kate Kucharzyk talk about how to prepare students for science in the workplace. Let’s start with quick introduction about yourselves Erika: I am an enthusiastic, energetic, nerdy science educator who is passionate about providing students with hands-on learning opportunities and making material engaging and relevant. I have been teaching and learning alongside my students for […]

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Teachers interview scientists: Statistics from the real-world

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. Dorothy Sutton, a teacher, and scientist Jared Schuetter talk about how to prepare students for science in the workplace. Let’s start with quick introduction about yourselves Dorothy: I joined Metro in the fall of 2011 as an English Language Arts teacher. Currently, I teach Scientific Writing and facilitate the Growth learning center. The Growth learning center focuses on agriculture and the food […]

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