LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Design challenge

School takes design challenge to new level proving “We’ve Got Heart”

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Last fall, OSLN presented Ohio’s students with a statewide design challenge: Work as a team to fight heart disease and help your community become heart healthy. The Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge aimed to get students and their teachers thinking about, and acting to combat, heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Taking up that challenge, a handful of students at Kalida High School held an event in January — titled “We’ve Got Heart!” — […]

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NASA grants launch students into design thinking

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Last August, NASA awarded $125,000 across nine organizations, challenging them to bring NASA educational content to students across Ohio. Khalila Thomas directed this project from the NASA Glenn Research Center. After a pilot year with a single school partner, Battelle helped to broaden their reach across Ohio. “I think it went really well,” Thomas said, “and with Battelle’s help, we were able to expand it to nine organizations.” Battelle managed an RFP process, leveraging its connections with schools across the […]

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Heart health lessons with “Crush” the mastiff and more at Pickerington Ridgeview STEM

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We believe student voice (and teacher voice) matters. Today, we’re trying out a new approach to amplify these stories. Click below to listen to this piece as a podcast and let us know what you think in the comments. “People aren’t being as heart-healthy as they should be,” explained eighth grader Mackensie Clark, “so we want people to get used to doing that so they will be heart-healthy, so they won’t have a heart attack or have a stroke.”  Mackensie is participating in our statewide design […]

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Design challenge brainstorm with the American Heart Association

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In October, Battelle and the American Heart Association announced Ohio’s 2017-2018 statewide design challenge. This year, we’re tackling heart disease, a growing chronic problem faced by many Ohio students and families. Globally, projections show heart disease as the worldwide leading cause of death by 2030 (source). The challenge to students: Work as a team to fight heart disease and help your community become heart healthy. We commissioned Ohio students to give us their best thinking on how to solve the […]

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Statewide Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge

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Last year, more than 1,200 students across the State of Ohio worked in teams to develop solutions to the opioid crisis. In May 100 students gathered at Battelle for the Student Solutions Showcase, presenting their solutions to scientists, engineers, and state political leaders (see below). This year, we would like to present another challenge, Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge to be showcased week of May 14th at Battelle. (Read about last year’s showcase) When choosing a statewide design challenge, we […]

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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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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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Cross-Curricular Design Challenge: Stopping Opioid Abuse in Ohio

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This is a cross-post of a piece originally published by Dayton Regional STEM School. Want to share what your school is doing? Show us by tweeting @OSLN or email a description. By Chloe Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of The STEM Inquirer Students in economics, government, and anatomy/physiology are preparing for a major project. This project was inspired by the Ohio STEM Learning Network, who created a challenge for STEM schools across the state to make initiatives to combat the opioid abuse problem in […]

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Akron’s North High School students present solutions to opioid crisis

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Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis has affected countless individuals and families, and long-term solutions have seemed elusive. In response, the state’s Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) called on schools to tackle the problem. Officials suggested a design challenge — a long-term project in which students research and propose resolutions to a real-world problem. But students at North High School in Akron Public Schools in Summit County were already at work, digging up data, doing interviews and brainstorming […]

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Challenging more schools to fight opioid abuse

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Last month, we wrote about a call for creating design challenges for STEM schools focused on Ohio’s opioid crisis. Today, we are proud to announce that we are teaming up with the Ohio Department of Education to open the opioid design challenge to more schools. Many of our Ohio STEM schools have joined the fight against opioid abuse by signing up to participate in the design challenge. To join them, fill out the form at www.osln.org/design. Share your work with us on Twitter […]

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