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Ask a teacher: How are you closing the gap in Computer Science?

“It was actually quite unusual to see such a high percentage of why (students) don’t go into technology: intimidation…this is a way to break that.” – Patrick Cummins, Bexley High School Code.org, in partnership with Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is changing the face of computer science. Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the Code.org Professional Learning Program offers year-round support to begin teaching these courses. Patrick Cummins has […]

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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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Design Challenge: How to run your school showcase

How to run your school showcase A hallmark of a successful design challenge is the exhibition of student learning, or, showcase. This is where students get to present and defend their solution to an authentic audience. We have asked all schools participating in the #STEMfeedsOhio design challenge to host a school showcase. Following the school showcases, we will invite select teams from schools to participate in the statewide showcase at Battelle. Though each school can decide how to run their […]

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Nominations open for presidential teaching award, meet 2018 winner Wendy Teismann

Editor’s note: Applications for middle/high school teachers are now open for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. To be considered, nominate a teacher at your school by March 1, 2019. Selected nominees will then have until May 1, 2019 to apply. In 2018, two Ohio teachers won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards — the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer […]

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Join us for the Cleveland State University 2019 STEM Education Conference

For the last few years, the STEMM Education Center at Cleveland State University has hosted an event for teachers. This year, the conference will be held in collaboration with the Ohio STEM Learning Network on June 12 and 13, 2019 at the Wolstein Center on the Cleveland State University campus. This two-day conference focuses on hands-on, interactive STEM-related lessons with ideas for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 grades.  Don’t miss the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other K-12 teachers and administrators. Your registration fee will […]

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“Eradicating STEM deserts throughout America” plus informal STEM grant from Battelle coming soon

Editor’s note: Today’s conversation features the engineer-educator behind a Central Ohio program awarded funding from the Battelle STEM Grant Program. The application for this grant opens on Friday, February 1st, 2019. If you manage an informal (out of classroom) STEM program where students learn about STEM, sign up here to be notified. Update: The application launched on Friday, apply here. The best teachers constantly search for better ways to reach their students. Many educators design their own curriculums, often based […]

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Design challenge: Prototyping requirements and tips from engineers

We’re picking up our series of Design Cycle posts today to talk about creating prototypes.  In October, we talked about defining the problem. In November, we provided you with a variety of resources on food insecurity to help students research the problem, and in December, we covered the next two steps of the process, imagining possible solutions and creating a plan by selecting a solution that looks promising. The next step of the design cycle is to build a prototype.  […]

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