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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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STEM/STEAM application released, webinar offered

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On Tuesday, this year’s application for STEM designation was released. Read on to learn if designation is right for your school. Ohio is one of a handful states that has an official STEM designation for schools. Earning STEM designation brings your school into the Ohio STEM Learning Network and into a select group. Out of more than 3,500 schools in Ohio, only 44 have earned designation. Ohio’s STEM schools graduate more students from a more diverse study body than the state average. Plus, […]

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Ohio colleges: Unite seeks applications to host students for STEM experiences

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Getting underserved high school students into a summer STEM program can spark their interest in a technology career. Put that summer program on a university campus, and you might nurture much higher student aspirations. That is the goal of Unite, an initiative of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Unite wants to inspire underserved youth to aim high when considering a career in STEM, and the program is looking for universities to host such students as they learn about technology and gain confidence in their abilities. The Technology Student Association […]

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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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Saturday, find STEM in the park in Northwest Ohio

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Free hands-on fun and learning for all ages is the goal of STEM in the Park. The eighth annual event, featuring interactive displays and activities, musical performances and lunch, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 23 at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out more, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, which organizes the event: […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

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On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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STEM schools open for tours

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If you talk to the leaders behind accomplished, innovative schools about how they formed the vision of a new school with their community and one form of professional development is bound to come up: visiting other innovative schools. Through a school visit, you can ask questions of school staff, meet students, and experience the school building as a learning environment. Visits are a powerful approach to building your vision of a different school. Today, we’re proud to announce the Fall 2017 list […]

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MakerMinded Ohio is live!

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We are proud to announce Ohio’s new STEM initiative, MakerMinded, is live! MakerMinded is a competition-based program aimed at closing the skills gap and empowering more students to take on STEM, including careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Schools can sign up for free and choose between hundreds of activities to complete for points. At the end of the year, top-scoring schools will be awarded prizes. Today, you can register your school at oh.makerminded.com, search for STEM activities, and log points for […]

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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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Report preview: Shakespeareans at Connect for Success

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We’re putting the final touches on our report on the STEM sessions at the 2017 Connect for Success conference. Here’s one of our favorite snippets from the report. To receive your copy in a few weeks, sign up here. Session title: Innovation: The Bridge Between ELA and STEM Presenters: Allison Volz, Jessica Sharp, & Sandra Guinto, Columbus, Buckeye Valley, & Reynoldsburg City Schools How do you teach language arts in a STEM school? A group of Shakespeareans shared a few […]

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