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Real world lessons taught by drone racing

Drone racing — as seen via online videos — looks crazy fun. But the growing sport has a serious side, says Matthew Ehrhardt. The assistant director at EHOVE Career Center in Milan in northern Ohio, says drone racing teaches his students real-world lessons such as how to work within a team and perform under pressure.  And that’s just the beginning. We asked Ehrhardt to tell us more about his school and the Ohio Drone Racing League, which he helped form: […]

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Spotlighting upcoming OSLN sessions

The 2018 Connections to Education conference is just about two weeks away. Today is the last day for early bird pricing, so if you haven’t already reserved your spot, order today! (Note: OSLN schools are eligible for 50% off discount, click here to receive the code.) Several of the sessions feature STEM experts from around the network or high-quality STEM resources collected by Battelle. Read on for the descriptions of these seven STEM sessions or check out https://2018connectionstoeducationconfer.sched.com to see the entire […]

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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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One STEM school, three states

Many STEM schools tailor their curriculum so that graduating students are qualified to land jobs at nearby companies. One school in far southern Ohio is training students to work for employers in three states. Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School, located in South Point, in Lawrence County along the Ohio River, serves students in the Buckeye State as well as nearby Kentucky and West Virginia. Because the major regional employers are health-based, the STEM school has added an “M” to tout […]

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Keynotes for Connections conference spotlight hacking, robots and fostering confidence in girls

For this year’s summer conference, we’re teaming up with the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education and joining the 2018 Connections to Education Conference. We’re proud to announce the selections for keynotes at the event. Each of these speakers connect to some of the questions we’re most interested in. Stephanie Domas works at the intersection of cyber-security, medicine and engineering Dr. Lisa Hinkelman is a expert at understanding and improving how educators empower young women and Chris Olsen’s firm Drive […]

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OSLN to be represented at White House summit and two other June events

Summer’s in full swing but that doesn’t mean the STEM learning has stopped. While students are by the pool, teachers, principals and STEM advocates are headed to a range of conferences. We’ve been telling  you about the Connections to Education conference in July, but here are three other important STEM events over the next few weeks. Are you attending these or other professional development opportunities worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below. Later this week, the Cleveland State University’s […]

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MakerMinded makes it – into EdWeek!

MakerMinded welding event

by Heather Sherman at Battelle The MakerMinded program aims to help students engage in STEM activities, learn about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, and develop skills to participate in the future workforce.   We partnered with LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) to expand MakerMinded into Ohio this year.  Last week, EdWeek’s Benjamin Herold wrote a piece about how MakerMinded is engaging students across the state: Reviving the Manufacturing Sector, Starting in Middle School As the lead for the MakerMinded project, I was thrilled […]

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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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Recognize an excellent Ohio STEM teacher, leader, or advocate

Do you have a phenomenal STEM educator in your building? Are there leaders in your school or district that encourage innovation? Is your colleague leading the charge in advocating for STEM? Applications for our 2018 OSLN STEM Innovation Awards are now open! The STEM Innovation Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district level leader, and advocate in STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The STEM Innovation Awards recognize […]

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In the classroom with Coach Tee

When we last spoke to Coach Tee, she was in the middle of our Code.org training for the 2017-18 school year. After Spring Break, we visited her classroom to see student learning in action as they worked through Computer Science Discoveries Unit 3 – Animations and Games. Coach Tee is a bit of a superhero. She runs Book Club, Robotics Club, STEM Bicycle Club, and Media Club. She serves as an academic advisor for student-athletes, and assistant coaches the girls […]

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