LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

#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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Deep dive: Embedded English goes from radical idea to tested method

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Many of the best teachers look for improved ways to reach their students and make their lessons more relevant to students’ lives and interests. One such teacher, Michael Payne, an English instructor and Humanities Department head at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio, has embraced the idea of ”embedding” some of his lessons into the curricula of other disciplines. He says the results are positive all around. We asked Michael to share details about his teaching philosophy and techniques: […]

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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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Educators create connections at the Project: WRIGHT Symposium

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Choosing from among myriad professional enrichment opportunities can be overwhelming for busy teachers. How is one session different — or better — than another? Organizers of the Project: WRIGHT Symposium, set for November 4 at the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) Training Center, say they offer a teacher-driven seminar to serve a diverse audience of educators and community members. Jenn Reid, who teaches English to 10th- and 12th-graders at DRSS, is overseeing the symposium. We asked her to share details […]

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Engineers, educators and students meet at Wadsworth camp

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Summer camp sounds fun. Summer STEM camp sounds a bit more complicated — and challenging. In summer 2015, when Wadsworth City Schools, in northeastern Ohio, created a summer STEM camp from the ground up, teachers and administrators discovered just how challenging it can be. Fresh off the district’s second STEM camp, and benefiting from the experience gained, Michele D. Evans, director of instruction and professional development with Wadsworth, provided us with insights about the nuts and bolts of pulling off […]

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STEM students headed #backtoschool

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It’s here. The 2016-2017 school year is in full swing. There’s a sense of excitement and hope you can feel if you walk through the halls of any school right now. To capture that feeling and show it to more people across the state of Ohio, we’re running a campaign. Throughout the next few weeks, we’ll be posting a photo series featuring students at Ohio STEM schools sharing what they’re excited about. Each week, we’ll share a new post on […]

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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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