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LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Teachers

Join Ohio’s Code.org Computer Science professional development this year

A new cohort of Ohio teachers will be selected for Code.org’s Computer Science professional development. Applications are open now. Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long learning experience for middle and high school educators interested in teaching Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or Computer Science Principles (high school) courses. Participants will explore Computer Science curriculum and tools, experiment with specific teaching strategies, and join a local community of teachers using this curriculum. Teachers who apply and are accepted […]

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New summit on career tech featured founding director of Ohio STEM school

In December, the Rethink Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summit brought together business and industry representatives, association members and educators committed to preparing America’s future workforce. The summit, held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., focused on the current skills gap in America’s workplace and a shift from “college for all” to “college and career ready” in today’s education system. Also on the agenda was the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, […]

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2018 posts and new opportunities to connect

To start of new year, we’re taking a look at some of our most read posts from 2018. Here’s quick rundown of a few highlighted opportunities to connect and participate in the network from last year. First up, you asked and we listened. The number one piece of feedback we received after our 2017 Ohio Design Challenge was simple: Announce the topic sooner. That’s what we did in August with “Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic” and […]

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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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Design challenge: Help students focus with a design brief

Leading a design challenge can be daunting, especially when the problem is complex and wide-ranging. This year’s Ohio Design Challenge is no different: Work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. Food security can cover issues like how we grow food, how we transport it, and how it’s distributed. With a topic this big, students can get stuck. One of the best ways to help is to […]

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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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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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