LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM training

Institute helps principal build STEM culture, 2019 cohort deadline extended

Many STEM school administrators might want a fresh approach to leading their school but aren’t sure where to turn. It’s difficult to find a fellow leaders to talk with and share ideas. That’s where the Innovative Leaders Institute comes in. The institute is a specialized training program where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. The application deadline has just been extended through March 25 for the 2019 Ohio cohort of the Innovative Leaders Institute. (Learn more […]

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Ask a teacher: How are you closing the gap in Computer Science?

“It was actually quite unusual to see such a high percentage of why (students) don’t go into technology: intimidation…this is a way to break that.” – Patrick Cummins, Bexley High School Code.org, in partnership with Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is changing the face of computer science. Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the Code.org Professional Learning Program offers year-round support to begin teaching these courses. Patrick Cummins has […]

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2018 posts and new opportunities to connect

To start of new year, we’re taking a look at some of our most read posts from 2018. Here’s quick rundown of a few highlighted opportunities to connect and participate in the network from last year. First up, you asked and we listened. The number one piece of feedback we received after our 2017 Ohio Design Challenge was simple: Announce the topic sooner. That’s what we did in August with “Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic” and […]

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New federal STEM plan released, read our first thoughts

Note from Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network: When I first talked with many of you at our meeting in July, I explained my intention that our network would start to expand its understanding and influence over education policy. Today, there’s big news on that topic. The White House has unveiled a new report that will guide investments by federal agencies and seeks to influence the national conversation on STEM education. Including Ohio. We’ll continue reading through […]

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STEM school turns Manufacturing Day into week of learning

At Graham Middle School in western Ohio, building opportunities for students is Job No. 1. That’s why the school curriculum emphasizes preparing students for manufacturing careers. And, the fact that the school is in rural Champaign County isn’t lost on administrators and staff: They are using land around the building to incorporate agricultural education into classwork, too. To find out more about the myriad goings-on at Graham, including the recent Manufacturing Day activities, we contacted Principal Chad Lensman: Q: Why […]

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Resources and more for the 2019 Food Security Design Challenge

Just two weeks ago, we hosted a full day of programming on the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge with our design challenge partners, Ohio Soybean Farmers and Ohio Corn and Wheat. We had a great group and learned about many resources students can use toward this year’s challenge: Work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. As a reminder, the design challenge process moves through steps. First, you define the problem. Just […]

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Tour a STEM school this fall

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Each fall, we ask our STEM school to open their doors and invite interested educators to visit and their about their diverse models. Below, we’ve gathered thirteen different dates over twelve different STEM school sites. This year’s tours include the PAST Innovation Lab, a STEM education provider that also hosts students from Metro Early College High School and Middle School during the day. We encourage each school to organize these tours in the way that best suits them. That includes […]

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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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Computer Science Administrator and School Counselors workshops coming this fall

Can’t wait for Day 3! How often can you say that about PD? Well planned, challenging, and FUN — a model learning environment all the way! #OHTeacherCon — WCHS Library (@WCHS_Library) July 18, 2018 Join us on for a Computer Science Administrator and School Counselors workshop this fall. Learn more about what Computer Science is, why it matters, and how to bring quality educational resources like #OHTeacherCon to your school. Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline […]

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Dayton STEM school hosts Innovation summit

For four years, the Project: WRIGHT Symposium has aimed to provide educators in Ohio with an annual professional development session designed by their fellow teachers. In Year No. 5, however, organizers are changing things up, beginning with the event’s name: The Innovative Teaching Summit, as it is now called, will still be held at the Dayton Regional STEM School, but it has shifted focus to reflect an expanded agenda. For details on the session, set for Nov. 9 in the […]

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