School takes design challenge to new level proving “We’ve Got Heart”

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Last fall, OSLN presented Ohio’s students with a statewide design challenge: Work as a team to fight heart disease and help your community become heart healthy. The Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge aimed to get students and their teachers thinking about, and acting to combat, heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Taking up that challenge, a handful of students at Kalida High School held an event in January — titled “We’ve Got Heart!” — […]

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Humor, the design cycle, and chicken hats help this librarian show children “they matter”

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Think back:  Did your elementary school librarian wear a chicken hat and Chuck Taylors in the building? Did he or she dress up as a cartoon scientist? Dance to vinyl Elvis records? Perform a storybook while reading it aloud? No? Well, the librarian at Summit Road STEM Elementary School does all that — and much, much more. And, she has written a delightful, insightful and heartfelt book about her purposeful antics and the unexpected reactions of her young students. In […]

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NASA grants launch students into design thinking

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Last August, NASA awarded $125,000 across nine organizations, challenging them to bring NASA educational content to students across Ohio. Khalila Thomas directed this project from the NASA Glenn Research Center. After a pilot year with a single school partner, Battelle helped to broaden their reach across Ohio. “I think it went really well,” Thomas said, “and with Battelle’s help, we were able to expand it to nine organizations.” Battelle managed an RFP process, leveraging its connections with schools across the […]

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Join us at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference

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Calling all member schools, join us in July! We cordially invite STEM advocates from across the state to join us from July 23rd to 25th as we  convene with members of the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education. Whether you are a teacher, administrator or other STEM expert, this conference will have something for you. Career-tech education and STEM education share much in common. In both types of schools, you can walk in and see students learning by doing. Furthermore, both […]

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Career tech education still strong after 100 years

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Today’s career-technical education doesn’t look much like the shop class or home economics lessons of past generations. Such traditional “vocational” education — teaching the best way to hammer a nail or bake a pie — has mostly given way to students learning high-tech job skills and earning professional certifications that can translate directly into well-paying, in-demand career opportunities. Supporting this transition and the educators who lead it is the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information about […]

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New “cyber range” and hacking competition build skills

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With the cyber world becoming ever more complex and pervasive, demand is growing for competent professionals to keep the cloud, and our personal data, safe from nefarious hackers. To introduce students to the possibilities of such cyber-security work, Columbus State Community College held a competitive “Capture the Flag” event late last year. The college is also working on curriculum leading to a cyber-security degree. To find out more about the college’s interest in cyber security, we contacted Lawrence McWherter, an […]

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MakerMinded enriches classrooms without burdening teachers

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MakerMinded competition sounds enticing: Have students participate in STEM- and manufacturing-related activities, programs and experiences listed on the MakerMinded web site; document and showcase the participation on social media; earn and track points received for participation; win prizes based on points earned at the end of the school year. But how does a teacher fit all this into a crowded curriculum? Two Ohio educators have found a way to incorporate MakerMinded participation into their regular classes and school club activities. […]

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