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LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Design challenge

Central Ohio middle schoolers to imagine the future of transportation

Who is going to build the future of transportation? In central Ohio, they might be in middle school. We love design challenges at the OSLN – that’s why we’re running our own to solve food insecurity. This month, Columbus City Schools and SMART Columbus joined in on the fun. They launched a new design challenge focused on public transportation in Ohio’s capitol. The challenge asks a central question: how can technology be used to create a transportation system that provides […]

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Oct. 18 OSLN Convening sessions announced, registration closes soon

As we get closer to our OSLN Convening October 18th, we wanted to share more details about the great day we have planned for you.  This convening is a perfect opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the day learning about Food Security, Agriculture, and running a successful Design Challenge. Oh, and it’s free! But register soon. We’ll close registration on Oct. 11 OR when we reach capacity at 100 participants. At this time, we have more than 80 RVSP’s, so […]

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Coming soon: Design Challenge expert Professor Prototype!

Coping with food insecurity — a lack of access to sufficient, healthful food — is a daily challenge for many Ohioans, even in our agriculture-rich state. Solving this growing problem is the aim of the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge posed by the Ohio STEM Learning Network. OSLN has invited the state’s K-12 students to work in teams to design and prototype a solution to food security in their lives, community, or world. Tackling a design challenge can be daunting for […]

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How to run an effective design challenge

For the third year in a row, we’re organizing a statewide design challenge for all Ohio K-12 schools.  There is one central question in any design challenge, the question students answer. Students are asked to used design thinking to create solutions to a particular question or problem. At the surface, it seems there is only one question in a design challenge, but we know teachers have many questions about what it takes to organize, plan and run a successful design […]

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Visit working educational farm at our 2019 convening

One highlight of the 2018 OSLN Convening will be the chance to visit Waterman Farms. Earlier this year, a group of teachers from Ohio and Pennsylvania visited the farm. Read the article below to see what they learned. The facility’s proper name is The Ohio State University’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. It supports research, teaching, and outreach programs, including many that showcase the farm’s herd of 100 Jersey cows! The visit to Waterman Farms is just of the […]

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Teachers, join our fall convening on the food security design challenge

Each fall, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a fall convening. Traditionally, it’s been a time for network members to get together and hear what’s happening across the network and discuss plans and priorities for the upcoming year. In July, we held a network meeting as part of the ACTE conference. There, we heard feedback that OSLN members value access to high quality professional development.  This year’s fall convening is designed for teachers, specifically, teachers who are interested in engaging […]

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Principal Davis on Akron’s new I PROMISE School: The model, support from LeBron James, and why STEM

Thanks to support from NBA superstar and Akron native LeBron James, the I PROMISE School opened with much hoopla in late July. The public elementary school, which is part of Akron Public Schools, will have a STEM emphasis and serve some of the Summit County city’s most at-risk students — initially third- and fourth-graders. It will have a longer school day and a non-traditional academic calendar, and it will provide access to “wrap-around” social services to the students and their […]

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Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic

Did you know that Ohio has 28 million acres of land and 14 million of them are used in agriculture? Did you know that agriculture is the number one economic driver in Ohio—bringing in over $105 billion dollars each year? Our state is a huge producer of food, but each day one in three Ohioans does not know where their next meal will come from. This is called food insecurity—not having access to sufficient, healthy food. Food security is the […]

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Students get their hands dirty at Cedar Point through new STEM event

Anywhere people have a bit of fun, we’ll probably make a bit of a mess. At amusement parks, the business is fun. That means a serious mess. The Success Bound Innovation Faire at Cedar Point celebrated students across Ohio solving real-world problems. Thanks to a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education, OSLN, Lorain County ESC, North Point ESC, and EHOVE, 283 students descended upon the park for a slew of real-world challenges. And of course, Cedar Point provided free […]

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Students showcase solutions to heart disease for 2018 Ohio design challenge

“We want to help people stay healthy,” – 1st grader Lily England from Unioto Elementary School in Chillicothe at the 2018 Student Solutions Showcase. At the start of the school year, we joined with the American Heart Association to ask students to put their knowledge and creativity toward ending heart disease. On Tuesday, more than 100 students from across Ohio came to Columbus to show off their ideas. This year’s event reached more students than ever. It also was the […]

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