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Amy Hill’s classroom: Student goes from “computers never helped me” to teaching others

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This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. Amy Hill had been teaching English for 17 years in Greenfield when her principal approached her with a new opportunity. Her master’s degree in educational technology from Western Kentucky University made her a prime candidate to teach a new […]

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New industry recognized credentials available for high school students

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The Ohio Department of Education recently added 49 industry-recognized credentials to its list of those available to interested high school students in the state. Ohio’s secondary school students can earn credentials in one of 13 career fields — ranging from agriculture/environmental systems to transportation — to help them better understand and prepare for in-demand jobs and careers. To learn more about the credentialing program in Ohio schools, we contacted Andrea Zaph, principal of the STEM Academy at Collins Career Technical […]

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Saturday, find STEM in the park in Northwest Ohio

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Free hands-on fun and learning for all ages is the goal of STEM in the Park. The eighth annual event, featuring interactive displays and activities, musical performances and lunch, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 23 at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out more, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, which organizes the event: […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

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On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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New environmental center opens to serve Central Ohio on campus of KIPP Columbus

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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” Henry David Thoreau When KIPP Columbus opened its new campus in 2014, one of the key assets to the school’s new home was space to grow. Then, the school was facing a waitlist of 500+ students and needed space-for a new, planned high school building. But one classroom needed no cranes or concrete. A diverse, vibrant green space spreads out over the 124-acre property combining forests, wetlands, and […]

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MakerMinded Ohio is live!

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We are proud to announce Ohio’s new STEM initiative, MakerMinded, is live! MakerMinded is a competition-based program aimed at closing the skills gap and empowering more students to take on STEM, including careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Schools can sign up for free and choose between hundreds of activities to complete for points. At the end of the year, top-scoring schools will be awarded prizes. Today, you can register your school at oh.makerminded.com, search for STEM activities, and log points for […]

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Proposals awarded for embedding NASA resources

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We’ve got two pieces of “out of this world” news today. Many of you will be using the eclipse as a powerful teaching opportunity and we’re proud to announce the awardees for our partnership with NASA Glenn. The eclipse Ohio won’t see the “totality” during the solar eclipse this afternoon, but it will still be an amazing sight. The Tennessee STEM Innovation has a detailed guide, if you need any last minute-tips on creating a safe, effective learning experience today. […]

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TECH CORPS: More than twenty years of teaching students about technology

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Since 1995, TECH CORPS members have helped young Americans in K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations learn how to build this country’s technology infrastructure. Inspired by the Peace Corps model, in which U.S. volunteers help citizens in other countries build their infrastructure, TECH CORPS staff members and volunteers have focused on teaching computer science and information technology to U.S. youth. To find out more, we contacted Lisa Chambers, national executive director at TECH CORPS: Q: Can you give us a general overview […]

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Three takeaways from Senator’s STEM event

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One senator and a small group of education/business leaders gathered in Plain City last Friday. Around a table in Tolles Career Center, they built clear agreement: A strong, relevant education benefits everyone. Ohio Senator Portman convened the discussion at a new RAMTEC advanced manufacturing facility inside Tolles. There, he aimed to discuss strategies and ideas to expand opportunities in STEM-related career fields. Before the discussion, the Senator met and talked with three students from the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Beth Littman […]

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Bio-Med student grows through her setbacks

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We are proud to announce Savanna Marie Dreger earned an honorable mention in the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. Savanna Marie Dreger is a senior at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown, Ohio. She plans to attend college at Kent State University for Pre-Nursing, and hopes to get her Master’s degree in Photography. Submitting her essay, Savanna included this acknowledgement: “I would like to thank Ms. Hisey, my english teacher and Mr. Monegan, my history teacher, for their help throughout […]

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