LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Students

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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Record-breaking year for Ohio STEM school designation

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“This is a day of celebration.” David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks. Today, the Ohio STEM Committee met to review applications for state designation as an Ohio STEM school. This panel of policymakers, agency directors, and business leaders considered 30 applications from schools. Designation recognizes a school’s design as an effective place for STEM learning and invites the school into our network. Thirty applications marks more than triple the number last year and a record for Ohio. This […]

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Thanks to studio, Andre Williams is helping other teens

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Andre Williams first dropped in to use the music studio. “I heard about it online… I was donating plasma to pay for studio sessions… when I found out about this being free, I started bringing my friends.” Columbus Museum of Art’s “Teen Open Studio,” began in 2014. Supported by the Battelle STEM Arts Grant, the program serves local teens two days a week, offering a unique space to make art of all kinds. With access to supplies and tools, Andre […]

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“STEM After School” brings chemical engineering to middle schoolers

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Providing high-quality after-school STEM activities is the goal of a program at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in Newark in Licking County. With nearly $50,000 of funding support from Battelle, The Works created STEM After School to offer some of the county’s middle school students opportunities to explore STEM concepts and careers through hands-on, inquiry based programs. To find out how it’s all going, we contacted Meghan Federer, museum STEM education director for primary grades at […]

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Announcing our first essay contest

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Believe it or not, the end of the school year is already on the horizon. Before then, we’re opening up an opportunity to hear from the students of the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Students, we want to hear your perspective: How do you see STEM at work in your life as a student? To do that, we’re trying out something new. This year, for the first time, we’re piloting an essay contest for students at any of Ohio’s 30+ STEM schools. Read […]

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High school senior is student, volunteer, and GE engineer

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High school student Mark Goeser is like many of his peers, juggling classes, activities and a social life. But the senior at MC2 STEM High School, part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is also picking up real-world, on-the-job experience during a school-required internship. Mark is interning at Current, powered by GE, at Nela Park in East Cleveland. Current, says a company spokeswoman, applies advanced lighting and solar technologies to help customers save money and predict costs. What has clicked […]

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Governor presents innovation awards to STEM schools and others

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Congratulations to each of the seven schools identified by Governor Kasich for the Governor’s School Innovation Awards. In conversations with the school leaders and students, Governor Kasich highlighted the ways each school helped students by tapping into their passions, building resilience, and preparing them for the workplace. A special shout call-out to the three members of the Ohio STEM Learning who were part of the group acclaimed for creative approaches to education. See below for a peek into the unique […]

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