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Serious about learning “because I know it would make my mother proud”

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We are proud to announce Sarah Rich earned honorable mention in the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. Sarah Rich is a 10th grader at the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. She is currently taking post-secondary courses at the University of Akron where, she hopes to major in Biology. Later on down the road, she would to study medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University or The Ohio State University. She’s open to […]

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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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Students celebrated for creating ideas to fight opioid crisis

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At the start of the school year, we joined with the Ohio Department Education to ask students to put their knowledge and creativity to work on Ohio’s opioid abuse crisis. On Thursday, more than 100 students from across Ohio came to Columbus to show off their ideas. Solutions included a programmable pill dispenser to limit opioid doses, an app to alert friends and families of those fighting abuse when certain areas are visited and more. One middle school team designed an […]

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Commentary: In loco parentis

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by David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks Throughout the three weeks that span the end of May and the beginning of June, students all over Ohio will be donning an unflattering tasseled mortarboard cap and a polyester gown, lining up in alphabetical order, and trying to remember all the words of their soon-to-be alma mater’s song.  They will be a bit apprehensive, somewhat self-conscious, and a tad more anxious than usual.  They’ve practiced this drill two or three […]

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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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Student essay: “I want to be role model” in engineering

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We’re thrilled to present the winner of the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. Erica Barnes is a junior at NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. We’ve published her winning essay in its entirety, but first, we’ll let her introduce herself to the network: Erica: Since the 5th grade, when my middle school career began, I have had an interest in becoming an engineer. From my first engineering class, where we built Rube Goldberg machines and were […]

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Fight against opioid abuse unites Pickerington STEM school

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Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis is a growing problem, and many schools statewide have taken up the design challenge posed by the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education to devise solutions. In central Ohio, an entire school is working on it. At Ridgeview STEM Junior High in the Pickerington Local district, students have been divided into teams to research answers. Having more than 900 students — plus teachers — involved in one project can pose logistical, and other, […]

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Congratulations to the winners of our first essay contest

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Nearly two months ago, we announced our first essay contest. After reading 49,531 words from 98 essays across 10 schools, we have our winners. As STEM advocates, we tend to focus our message on adults. We aim to serve students across Ohio, typically by connecting educators and providing teachers with resources. While our work focuses on students, we don’t talk to them, or listen, as much as we could. Over the past weeks, we listened. We heard how real students […]

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Mentoring middle schoolers in STEM wins student national 4-H award

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Ava Lonneman had an idea: Have fellow high school students in her 4-H club teach STEM concepts to middle schoolers. That way, the older kids can practice their speaking and presentation skills, and the younger ones can learn Newton’s Laws. The idea worked, and it helped Ava, 17, earn a 2017 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award. We asked the Bio-Med Science Academy student to tell us about herself, her interest in STEM, and the project that won the national award: […]

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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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