LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Students

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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Read our 2017 OSLN essay contest winner, 2019 deadline approaching

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Editor’s note: For this week’s post we’re re-posting the very first essay contest winner. Teachers, your students could win a pizza party and even be featured on Greater Than STEM. Essays are due by May 31st. Detailed rules are posted here. Students, submit your essay here. Erica Barnes was the first winner of the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. At the time, she was a junior at NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. We’ve published her […]

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2019 “Greater than STEM” essay contest for students

Last year, we ran our second student essay contest. We were thrilled by the responses from 300 students from across the state. Students wrote all about ocean pollution, food insecurity, foster care, and much more – but we wanted more people to hear their stories. So, we started a podcast to amplify students voices across Ohio and the world. We learned that no matter what the problem is, we can use our STEM skills to solve it – skills like […]

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Meet Greater Than STEM, a new podcast featuring Ohio students

Every month, Greater Than STEM tells the story of one student solving one problem. We learn why it matters to them, why it should matter to us, and what we can all do to help. With some help from an expert in the field, we tackle topics like ocean pollution, foster care, and food insecurity in about 20 minutes. STEM students and professionals agree: to solve real-world problems, it takes more than good grades in four subjects. Tune in to […]

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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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Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

Polymers — large molecules ranging from plastics and rubber to protein and DNA — have become commonplace, especially in Ohio’s industries. Our state is home to the largest polymer industry cluster in America and is recognized as a leader worldwide, according to PolymerOhio, an industry organization. And, Ohio is the No. 1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with 76 of the state’s 88 counties having at least one polymer company. That means 1,150 […]

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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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Dayton Regional STEM School breaks ground on a new decade

Twenty years ago, a Value City furniture store stood in the place of the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS). Ten years ago, after an extensive renovation, the inaugural class made Dayton’s first STEM school a reality. Last week, DRSS broke ground on another renovation – a 30,000 square foot expansion. The space will house five classrooms, a science lab, an innovation lab, assembly hall, and breakout space. With the extra room, DRSS will add 130 more students by 2025. “Not […]

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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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