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Ask a teacher: What are Code.org trainings really like?

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Can a language arts teacher lead a computer science class? That’s a definite “yes,” says Renee Coley. Last fall, the veteran language arts teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School (HAMS) in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, participated in a weekend of computer science training through Code.org and, in January, started teaching a pilot CS course to students at her school. She says that ongoing sharing with other CS teachers and extensive lesson plans from Code.org are helping her along the way. To expand […]

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Akron’s North High School students present solutions to opioid crisis

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Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis has affected countless individuals and families, and long-term solutions have seemed elusive. In response, the state’s Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) called on schools to tackle the problem. Officials suggested a design challenge — a long-term project in which students research and propose resolutions to a real-world problem. But students at North High School in Akron Public Schools in Summit County were already at work, digging up data, doing interviews and brainstorming […]

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Ohio will now recognize STEM elementary schools

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by Aimee Kennedy, Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning & Philanthropy at Battelle In leadership, one of the first lessons you learn is the importance of small changes. Many times, the solution isn’t a radical change. Instead, small changes the first step and, if well chosen, can have huge impacts. One of those small, powerful changes happened in Governor Kasich’s office on Thursday. The Governor signed Senate Bill 3, enacting a series of changes to Ohio’s laws for schools. You can […]

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Rural leaders in STEM: Northwestern Local Schools

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OSLN sat down with Northwestern Local Schools’ superintendent and principals in West Salem, Ohio for a chat about rural STEM implementation. Their robust STEM programming draws hundreds of students from 13 area districts, open enrolling to take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded under the direction of Superintendent Layton. Elementary Principal Julie McCumber recalls when STEM was first introduced in the classroom. Teachers presented third graders with an open-ended problem to solve as part of a STEM-focused lesson. McCumber remembers […]

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#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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