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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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Bees to bytes: Digital animation program inspires young women

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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. Sign up here to read the rest. “I can remember sitting at my computer that first day, and we moved a ladybug across the screen, like we still do. And I can remember that light bulb moment of – this is exactly what I want to do with my life.” Former student Riley Patrick reflects on her experience in Ohio State’s digital […]

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Student team creates water filter from litter

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To find students applying STEM learning to real-life problems, look no further than four Gahanna Middle School East eighth-graders.  As their entry in an eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the Army Educational Outreach Program, the student team came up with a waste-saving, water-purifying idea that has garnered $25,000. Julia Bray, Luke Clay, Natalie Clay and Ashton Cofer created a process called Styro-Filter, which aims to convert polystyrene waste (disposable foam cups, plates, coolers and packing material) into activated carbon for water […]

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Summer institute starts girls on STEM path

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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. Sign up here to read the rest. “Women have had a place in science,” says Liz Stong of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, “it’s just traditionally been silenced.” Their “Young Women’s Summer Institute” aspires to amplify those voices. This week-long camp challenges middle school girls to get up close and personal with real world science, investigating the health of Ohio watersheds. Senior Director […]

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Charge up your classroom with FirstEnergy

STEM educators often brim with ideas for innovative classroom projects, but their schools’ budgets rarely brim with cash for such extras. To help with project funding, FirstEnergy Corp. is again offering its STEM Classroom Grants program. We contacted Delores Jones, manager of community involvement at FirstEnergy, to share details about the grants program and the application process: Q: Who may apply? A: Educators (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth-group leaders in Ohio communities served by our electric operating companies — […]

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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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Ohio’s MIT – the Metro Institute of Technology

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by Sam Bodary for Battelle Education “He just took a piece of plywood, a tarp, and a leafblower and made his own hovercraft!” Andy Allmandinger enthusiastically brags about his first class of students at Metro Institute of Technology, the newest school affiliated with Columbus’ Metro Early College High School and Metro Early College Middle School. “What he found is that the more you weigh the better it floats. So when I went to push off the wall my feet went […]

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