LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

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


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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Girls build apps at techie camp

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This summer, we’re publishing a short series on STEM in the summer, with visits to three STEM programs for girls. First, we visited Young Women’s Summer Institute from the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Next, we learned about the digital animation workshop hosted by Ohio State. For our final piece, we’re visiting OSLN member Summit Road Elementary.  “Bacon will come into your life!” Under Principal Melissa Drury, Summit Road Elementary has been providing abundant STEM opportunities for their young students. This week in particular, […]

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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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Marysville STEM: Facilities rooted in philosophy

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by Sam Bodary for Battelle Education Two years in, Marysville STEM Early College High School has brought an abandoned building back to its roots. Originally a high school, the building was constructed in 1960 and later used as a middle school. More recently, the building sat vacant for five years before being converted back to its original purpose. It would be difficult to tell. The facilities offer a striking interpretation of futuristic education, resembling more of a small college than […]

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2016 STEM designated schools

Ohio’s network of STEM schools has grown by leaps and bounds since beginning as four schools in 2008. Today, we are a coalition of 31 schools providing innovative educational experiences to prepare students for college, the workplace, and beyond. That family just got a bit bigger. The Ohio STEM Committee, a council of state-appointed policymakers, agency directors and business leaders, met on Monday, June 6th to review applications for membership. The committee considered applications from nine schools for its official […]

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