LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Students

High school essay winner writes on school safety

This year’s essay contest was one for the books. We received 294 submissions across 15 network schools, with full participation from kindergarten to 12th grade. We learned about problems like climate change and food deserts, as well as learning to read and tie our own shoes. Each of these problems has different consequences, but the overall message rang out loud and clear – Ohio students are ready to change the world. School safety was a major national conversation when students […]

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8th grade essay winner puts her finger on safety with biometrics

This year’s essay contest was one for the books. We received 294 submissions across 15 network schools, with participation from kindergarten to 12th grade. We learned about problems like climate change and food deserts, as well as learning to read and tie our shoes. Each of these problems has different consequences, but the overall message rang out loud and clear – Ohio students are ready to change the world. For our middle school winner, it all started as a project […]

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How this Fab Lab builds a movement, including a summit in June

Many STEM educators believe that Fab Labs are truly fabulous. The small-scale fabrication laboratories, which are finding their way into more schools, are usually equipped with computer-controlled tools that students can use to make products that solve problems. Fab Labs are part of the growing Maker education movement. To find out more about the movement and the upcoming Central Ohio FabLab Innovations NetworK-12 Summit, we contacted Thomie Timmons, Innovation Coordinator at Reynoldsburg City Schools in Central Ohio, a district that […]

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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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Announcing the 2018 OSLN Student Voice winners

This year, we received over 200 essay submissions from middle and high schools across the state of Ohio. Each student talked us through solving a problem in their life, community, or world. We learned about grand topics, like climate change and space junk, and everyday ones, like bullying and access to food. In the coming weeks, we’ll profile these students, their solutions, and their hopes for the future. For now, congratulations to our middle and high school winners! Middle and […]

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

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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Humor, the design cycle, and chicken hats help this librarian show children “they matter”

Think back:  Did your elementary school librarian wear a chicken hat and Chuck Taylors in the building? Did he or she dress up as a cartoon scientist? Dance to vinyl Elvis records? Perform a storybook while reading it aloud? No? Well, the librarian at Summit Road STEM Elementary School does all that — and much, much more. And, she has written a delightful, insightful and heartfelt book about her purposeful antics and the unexpected reactions of her young students. In […]

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Career tech education still strong after 100 years

Today’s career-technical education doesn’t look much like the shop class or home economics lessons of past generations. Such traditional “vocational” education — teaching the best way to hammer a nail or bake a pie — has mostly given way to students learning high-tech job skills and earning professional certifications that can translate directly into well-paying, in-demand career opportunities. Supporting this transition and the educators who lead it is the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information about […]

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New “cyber range” and hacking competition build skills

With the cyber world becoming ever more complex and pervasive, demand is growing for competent professionals to keep the cloud, and our personal data, safe from nefarious hackers. To introduce students to the possibilities of such cyber-security work, Columbus State Community College held a competitive “Capture the Flag” event late last year. The college is also working on curriculum leading to a cyber-security degree. To find out more about the college’s interest in cyber security, we contacted Lawrence McWherter, an […]

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MakerMinded enriches classrooms without burdening teachers

MakerMinded competition sounds enticing: Have students participate in STEM- and manufacturing-related activities, programs and experiences listed on the MakerMinded web site; document and showcase the participation on social media; earn and track points received for participation; win prizes based on points earned at the end of the school year. But how does a teacher fit all this into a crowded curriculum? Two Ohio educators have found a way to incorporate MakerMinded participation into their regular classes and school club activities. […]

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