LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Summer STEM

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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Teachers seek inspiration at summer science institute

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Though some teachers take the summer off, many hit the books themselves to discover ways to inspire and educate their students. In June, one such group of motivated elementary school teachers took part in a three-week, hands-on science course presented at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. The course, called the Science by Inquiry Institute, was funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education through the Improving Teacher Quality program. The aim was to teach basic science content aligned […]

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Girls build apps at techie camp

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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. First, we visited Young Women’s Summer Institute from the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Next, we learned about the digital animation workshop hosted by Ohio State. For our final piece, we’re visiting OSLN member Summit Road Elementary.  “Bacon will come into your life!” Under Principal Melissa Drury, Summit Road Elementary has been providing abundant STEM opportunities for their young students. This week in particular, […]

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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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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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