OSLN News

Meet the winners of the 2019 STEM Excellence Awards

For the second year, we’re proud to recognize four leaders from around the network. A teacher, a principal, an innovator, and an advocate each accepted commendation for their dedication to improving education in our state. Below, read the formal release from Battelle praising these important leaders. 2019 Ohio STEM Excellence Awards Unveiled COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 13, 2019)—The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) has recognized the four winners of the “STEM Excellence Awards.” These awards recognize outstanding teachers, school leaders, or education advocates […]

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Student inventors offer advice after building “Desk Express”

Last school year, two central Ohio boys came up with an idea to help disabled students get around school more easily. They called their invention the Desk Express, and their idea – fashioned into a small-scale prototype – has garnered awards from their school and in a statewide competition. The boys, Jack Monahan and Zach Rogers, are both seventh-graders at Heritage Middle School in the Westerville City School District. They recently traveled to Dearborn, Michigan for the National Invention Convention & […]

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Greater than STEM, Episode 3 – Foster Care

What happens when a student doesn’t have a safe place to call home? And what can we do to support those students when they’re at school? High-schooler Ryan Bass tackles this problem with his family. Together, they’ve fostered almost a dozen young people in Northeast Ohio. We’ll learn more about how foster care works from Lucy – a policy expert – and Jamole – a former foster youth. Listen to their conversation on Episode 3 – Foster Care. This podcast is brought […]

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Look back at 2019 Student Solutions Showcase

On May 8th, we got to welcome ninety students from 25 schools to our home at Battelle. Students told us all about their ideas for eliminating hunger and solving other major issues with Ohioans’ access to food. Today, it’s time to share some of the great photos and video from the event. Below, you’ll find a short video with footage from the event. We’ve also published an album of 135 photos from the event. Spot students or teachers from your […]

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Testimony on modernizing computer science teaching licenses in Ohio

Last week, Battelle testified on behalf of an amendment under consideration by the Ohio Senate to the Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education. In short, Ohio’s approach to licensing computer science teachers is out of step with today’s needs for widespread, high quality computer science education. We believe there’s a simple solution:  allow a licensed middle school or high school teacher who has completed an endorsed professional development program for AP Computer Science Education to teach AP Computer Science Education. That […]

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Read our 2017 OSLN essay contest winner, 2019 deadline approaching

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Editor’s note: For this week’s post we’re re-posting the very first essay contest winner. Teachers, your students could win a pizza party and even be featured on Greater Than STEM. Essays are due by May 31st. Detailed rules are posted here. Students, submit your essay here. Erica Barnes was the first winner of the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. At the time, she was a junior at NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. We’ve published her […]

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Look back at 2018 OSLN innovators, 2019 nominations due today

Last year, we recognized Melissa Drury, Amanda Gillespie and Susan Stearns for their extensive achievements in expanding STEM education in Ohio. Melissa and Susan both have written in pieces for the OSLN blog and Amanda was interviewed in 2017 by her local paper. To help inspire you to nominate a educator in your school or community, we’ve gathered together these conversations with the 2018 winners. Girls build apps at techie camp with Melissa Drury, 2018 recipient of the Excellence in […]

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