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LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Students

Central Ohio middle schoolers to imagine the future of transportation

Who is going to build the future of transportation? In central Ohio, they might be in middle school. We love design challenges at the OSLN – that’s why we’re running our own to solve food insecurity. This month, Columbus City Schools and SMART Columbus joined in on the fun. They launched a new design challenge focused on public transportation in Ohio’s capitol. The challenge asks a central question: how can technology be used to create a transportation system that provides […]

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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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Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools

This network was founded on the conviction that quality STEM education changes the lives of students. But how does STEM stack up on measures like graduation, ACT score, and state tests? Today, we’re proud to release the data on more than 26,000 students across more than 50 Ohio schools. Last year, we published our first report that combined detailed surveys of Ohio’s STEM schools with data from the Ohio Department of Education. Today, we’re releasing a complete update with new stats […]

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Principal Davis on Akron’s new I PROMISE School: The model, support from LeBron James, and why STEM

Thanks to support from NBA superstar and Akron native LeBron James, the I PROMISE School opened with much hoopla in late July. The public elementary school, which is part of Akron Public Schools, will have a STEM emphasis and serve some of the Summit County city’s most at-risk students — initially third- and fourth-graders. It will have a longer school day and a non-traditional academic calendar, and it will provide access to “wrap-around” social services to the students and their […]

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Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic

Did you know that Ohio has 28 million acres of land and 14 million of them are used in agriculture? Did you know that agriculture is the number one economic driver in Ohio—bringing in over $105 billion dollars each year? Our state is a huge producer of food, but each day one in three Ohioans does not know where their next meal will come from. This is called food insecurity—not having access to sufficient, healthy food. Food security is the […]

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MakerMinded winners announced

The points have been counted and it’s time to announce the 2018 winners of the Ohio MakerMinded competition! Winning schools Dayton Regional STEM School – Dayton, Ohio Alliance Middle School – Alliance, Ohio Graham Middle School – St. Paris, Ohio Woodward Park Middle School – Columbus, Ohio Congratulations to these schools, their students and teachers on many hours of STEM learning. Thanks to Battelle and Making Ohio, the state’s manufacturing careers campaign, each winning school will take home a complete virtual […]

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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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