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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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Seeking proposals to embed NASA content in Ohio classrooms

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If your school or organizations trains teachers, listen in. Battelle, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is looking for proposals. The science & technology non-profit seeks partners to train teachers on using content from NASA. Thanks to funding from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of one-time grants are available. These grants are meant to develop or expand professional development programs that leverage NASA’s subject matter expertise, education staff, or content. Overall, the link to NASA […]

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Growing STEM at science symposium with under-represented Ohio students

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Photo credit: Lisa Addis, Bowling Green State University Boosting participation of girls and minority students in STEM classes and events is among the goals of many STEM educators. It was one of the aims of organizers of the annual Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held earlier this year at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out the results of their efforts, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence […]

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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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