LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: School leaders

Three takeaways from Senator’s STEM event

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One senator and a small group of education/business leaders gathered in Plain City last Friday. Around a table in Tolles Career Center, they built clear agreement: A strong, relevant education benefits everyone. Ohio Senator Portman convened the discussion at a new RAMTEC advanced manufacturing facility inside Tolles. There, he aimed to discuss strategies and ideas to expand opportunities in STEM-related career fields. Before the discussion, the Senator met and talked with three students from the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Beth Littman […]

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Seeking proposals to embed NASA content in Ohio classrooms

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If your school or organizations trains teachers, listen in. Battelle, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is looking for proposals. The science & technology non-profit seeks partners to train teachers on using content from NASA. Thanks to funding from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of one-time grants are available. These grants are meant to develop or expand professional development programs that leverage NASA’s subject matter expertise, education staff, or content. Overall, the link to NASA […]

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Marking the Global Impact STEM Academy’s first graduation

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Spring brings high school graduations — joyous occasions for those senior students and their proud families. This spring’s graduation was especially memorable at Global Impact STEM Academy because it was the school’s first. The early-college high school in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County was founded in 2013 and graduated its first class in May. To find out more about the academy and its seniors, we contacted Jamison Truebenbach, the high school’s director of programming and a founding staff member: Q: […]

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Learn about STEM at Connect for Success

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The Connect for Success conference is just around the corner. Wednesday and Thursday, the conference will bring together hundreds of educators. And STEM will be there. The Ohio STEM Learning Network represents more than 40 STEM schools across the state. Through the network, schools gain access to trainings for teachers and administrators, events for students, and grant partnerships. Battelle, the science and technology non-profit which manages this network, sponsored a track for STEM. Thanks to that support, we’re bringing nineteen […]

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Teacher on the “art and science of the design process” after STEM training

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Science has beakers and Bunsen burners, of course, but it also has pencils, paper and PowerPoint. As a scientist conducts experiments, he or she records the results and presents them to others. Giving science teachers insight into how real laboratories operate — so they can pass that knowledge to their students — is the aim of the Rural Literacy Design Collaborative. The recent effort, made possible by a successful application to Ohio’s Straight A Fund, gave some middle and high school […]

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Winning essays and inventing assistive technologies, just another day for these Akron students

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish School stands out. Located in Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent is one of the first STEM designated Catholic schools in the our network with STEM implementation from elementary on up. The school just achieved two successes. One, completing an outstanding project-based learning partnership. Two, winning the middle school level of the Ohio STEM Learning Network essay contest. Last Friday morning, we stopped by the school for a presentation of learning by the 2nd-5th grades. Through a […]

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Aimee Kennedy: Summit stands out

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by Dr. Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle I’ve visited a lot of schools in my career, but Summit Public Schools still stands out. Four years ago I first learned about the school. Sitting in a large conference room, I heard CEO Diane Tavenner, talking about how her schools implement an innovation model that is grounded in the lean start up methodology.  I remember thinking that my own school, and so many of our […]

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MakerMinded is coming to Ohio

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Today, we’re proud to announce another step forward for STEM in Ohio. In August, the MakerMinded program will launch to show Ohio students the STEM side of modern manufacturing. In MakerMinded, students complete interactive lessons where they learn about STEM and manufacturing, earning points for their school. Our friends at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network launched the program there just last year. They’ve already attracted 100 schools and 1,000+ active users. One-hundred schools, we can beat that, right Ohio? If […]

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Faculty member of leaders institute: “STEM isn’t just one more thing”

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The deadline to apply online for the 2017-18 Ohio Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is April 3. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. Have you been thinking about applying but have questions? To find out more about the program, we contacted ILI faculty member Dee Martindale, principal at Hebron Elementary School in Hebron, Ohio. Dee was also the founding principal of the award-winning Summit Road STEM […]

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Catholic educators on STEM and Battelle institute for leaders

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Incorporating STEM into a school curriculum can be challenging for administrators and faculty members. But are the challenges any different for educators at a private, religious school than for those at a public school? To find out, we contacted two educators at St. Wendelin, a K-12 Catholic school in Fostoria, Ohio, which is in the Toledo Catholic Diocese. Cathy Krupp, principal, and Donald Elswick, STEM coordinator, collaborated on their answers to our questions about adding STEM-based education in their classrooms. […]

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