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LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Teachers

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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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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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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Coming soon: Design Challenge expert Professor Prototype!

Coping with food insecurity — a lack of access to sufficient, healthful food — is a daily challenge for many Ohioans, even in our agriculture-rich state. Solving this growing problem is the aim of the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge posed by the Ohio STEM Learning Network. OSLN has invited the state’s K-12 students to work in teams to design and prototype a solution to food security in their lives, community, or world. Tackling a design challenge can be daunting for […]

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Check out these upcoming fall STEM events

The school year is off to quite a bang! In addition to our upcoming convening on the Food Security Design Challenge, the calendar is full of STEM events. You can read about them all on OSLN.org/events but here are a few particularly noteworthy opportunities we wanted to highlight.   Date Name Venue Details Tuesday, September 25 National Girls Collaborative Project and TechGirlz National Webinar Webinar Link Wednesday, September 26 STEM PATHWAYS: SUCCESS SERIES Marysville Early College High School Link Saturday, September […]

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Visit working educational farm at our 2019 convening

One highlight of the 2018 OSLN Convening will be the chance to visit Waterman Farms. Earlier this year, a group of teachers from Ohio and Pennsylvania visited the farm. Read the article below to see what they learned. The facility’s proper name is The Ohio State University’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. It supports research, teaching, and outreach programs, including many that showcase the farm’s herd of 100 Jersey cows! The visit to Waterman Farms is just of the […]

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StartSOLE aims to make self-organized learning simple for teachers

Getting students to take a more active role in their learning experience is the goal of many STEM teachers. Ohio educator Jeff McClellan is promoting a way to do just that. McClellan says the SOLE method is easy to implement in any classroom, from elementary through high school, and has been used in adult education settings. All that is needed is a question, some internet-enabled devices for research and a short period for sharing that research. McClellan shares with us […]

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Teachers, join our fall convening on the food security design challenge

Each fall, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a fall convening. Traditionally, it’s been a time for network members to get together and hear what’s happening across the network and discuss plans and priorities for the upcoming year. In July, we held a network meeting as part of the ACTE conference. There, we heard feedback that OSLN members value access to high quality professional development.  This year’s fall convening is designed for teachers, specifically, teachers who are interested in engaging […]

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