LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: School leaders

#CSforall challenge with Code.org

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This year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network and Battelle are official regional partners with the national computer science non-profit Code.org. Throughout the last year, we’ve been offering trainings and meetups to further computer science in Ohio. Now, it’s time to have a little fun. To celebrate Computer Science Education week this December 5-11, we’re running a competition. Thanks to Code.org, we have a box of goodies and we want to give them out to you. Every day, we’ll give out […]

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Challenging more schools to fight opioid abuse

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Last month, we wrote about a call for creating design challenges for STEM schools focused on Ohio’s opioid crisis. Today, we are proud to announce that we are teaming up with the Ohio Department of Education to open the opioid design challenge to more schools. Many of our Ohio STEM schools have joined the fight against opioid abuse by signing up to participate in the design challenge. To join them, fill out the form at www.osln.org/design. Share your work with us on Twitter […]

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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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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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Unpacking design challenges

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by Aimee Kennedy, Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning & Philanthropy at Battelle A design challenge is a great way to engage students to use skills across disciplines to create solutions for real world problems. These projects can seem intimidating. They probably don’t align to  pacing guides or regimented lesson plans from five (or 15) years ago, but they are worth the early headaches. Watching as students grow as learners and as leaders is worth it. Setting up a design challenge […]

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Broad effort brings CSforAll to Cleveland teachers

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The need for instruction in computer science in high school — and even grade school — is a hot topic in education. During summer, a program to provide such instruction was announced in Cleveland. The program involves the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland State University. For background on this joint effort, we contacted two Cleveland State faculty members who are heavily involved: Nigamanth Sridhar, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and program director of CS […]

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Our road trip

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At the end of the 2015-16 school year, one of our staff members called out to our member schools. In the following weeks, he visited 13 different buildings. He heard from dozens of teachers and students. Today, we’re proud to release the first edition of the Ohio STEM Learning Network STEM School Road Trip. Sign up for weekly blog updates from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and you’ll have access to this ebook. Have a great idea for where we should […]

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Key ideas from the Connect for Success conference

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Battelle Education is proud to publish a new ebook. The following eight short snippets take you inside the 2016 Connect for Success conference. Each piece covers one of the STEM sessions plus the conference keynotes. Sign up for weekly blog updates from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and you’ll have access to this Battelle Education ebook for free. Just this summer we’ve featured Marysville Principal Kathy McKinniss on her school’s summer bridge program, a chat about First Energy’s $1,000 grants for classrooms, […]

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Summer bridge eases student fears

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Making the transition from middle school to high school can be scary for some students – and their parents. Moving from a familiar educational environment to an unfamiliar one can cause anxiety, especially if the new school’s curriculum is nontraditional. To ease those worries, the Marysville Early College High School in Union County offers a two-day summer bridge program to help incoming students find their footing, meet future classmates and get a taste of the curriculum. To tell us about […]

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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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