LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Out of classroom

Ohio’s ‘Justice League of Afterschool’ promotes STEM identity

Editor’s note The Ohio Afterschool Network will be sharing after-school STEM activities at the Technology and Engineering Showcase at the Ohio State Fair on August 2, 2019. Come to the Fair and learn! Once the afternoon school bell rings, and the day’s formal teaching ends, how can educators keep students thinking about their lessons after school? That age-old question is often answered with one word: homework. While having students read, write and solve problems on their own has its place, […]

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Student inventors offer advice after building “Desk Express”

Last school year, two central Ohio boys came up with an idea to help disabled students get around school more easily. They called their invention the Desk Express, and their idea – fashioned into a small-scale prototype – has garnered awards from their school and in a statewide competition. The boys, Jack Monahan and Zach Rogers, are both seventh-graders at Heritage Middle School in the Westerville City School District. They recently traveled to Dearborn, Michigan for the National Invention Convention & […]

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International experience sets STEM education path for graduate – Project Dragonfly part 2

With the gray days and cold temperatures in Ohio, it might be exciting to conjure an adventure in a warmer locale. Even better if this adventure comes with graduate school credit. Last week, we brought you a conversation with Leah Crowe, an instructor for Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. This week, Project Dragonfly grad Danielle LaChance gives us her perspective on what she took away from the program. Project Dragonfly will accept applications in the fall for its 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that […]

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Project Dragonfly combines global visits with online classes for graduate school credit

With the gray days and cold temperatures in Ohio, it might be exciting to conjure an adventure in a warmer locale. Even better if this adventure comes with graduate school credit. Sounds like Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, which will accept applications in the fall for its 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer experiences in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program, a master’s degree that combines such summer field courses […]

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“Eradicating STEM deserts throughout America” plus informal STEM grant from Battelle coming soon

Editor’s note: Today’s conversation features the engineer-educator behind a Central Ohio program awarded funding from the Battelle STEM Grant Program. The application for this grant opens on Friday, February 1st, 2019. If you manage an informal (out of classroom) STEM program where students learn about STEM, sign up here to be notified. Update: The application launched on Friday, apply here. The best teachers constantly search for better ways to reach their students. Many educators design their own curriculums, often based […]

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STEM school grad leads Ohio FFA, moderates panel at federal summit

Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead Kolesen McCoy, a recent graduate of Global Impact STEM Academy, attended the Rethink CTE Summit with academy Founding Director Josh Jennings. On Tuesday, we published Josh’s take on the summit and the presentation he shared there at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education. Today, Kolesen talks with us about his role at the summit, plus shares information about his background and his current position as State President of the Ohio FFA Association: […]

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New summit on career tech featured founding director of Ohio STEM school

In December, the Rethink Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summit brought together business and industry representatives, association members and educators committed to preparing America’s future workforce. The summit, held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., focused on the current skills gap in America’s workplace and a shift from “college for all” to “college and career ready” in today’s education system. Also on the agenda was the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, […]

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New insights into the complex world of today’s girls

In late 2017, a groundbreaking national survey was released that aimed to reveal American girls’ thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. The report, titled “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” sampled 10,678 female youths ages 10 to 18 from across the country on issues such as confidence, body image, friendships, pressure, leadership, career aspirations, school, academics, technology and social media. Now, a just-released companion report, “Girls, STEM & Careers: Decoding Girls’ Futures in an Age of […]

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Presidential Award honors Licking Heights teacher Vicki Willett

Two Ohio teachers recently won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards — the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching — were given to Wendy Teismann of Wilson Elementary School in Cincinnati’s Forest Hills School District, and to Vicki Willett of Licking Heights West Elementary School in Blacklick. The women, who were nominated for the awards and then submitted lengthy applications, were chosen for developing and implementing a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning. Each received a certificate signed by the […]

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Real world lessons taught by drone racing

Drone racing — as seen via online videos — looks crazy fun. But the growing sport has a serious side, says Matthew Ehrhardt. The assistant director at EHOVE Career Center in Milan in northern Ohio, says drone racing teaches his students real-world lessons such as how to work within a team and perform under pressure.  And that’s just the beginning. We asked Ehrhardt to tell us more about his school and the Ohio Drone Racing League, which he helped form: […]

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