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Ohio teacher spends her birthday learning computer science with peers

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In partnership with Code.org, Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. Last year, we profiled Amy Hill’s first impressions of her Code.org computer science training. We spoke with her again over lunch in January. On her birthday, Amy Hill could have been anywhere. It was a Saturday with the snow finally melting after a week of bitter ice and cold. So, where was she celebrating? She was in Columbus, Ohio, meeting up with her Code.org cohort. If you ask her […]

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Applications open for education leaders institute

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The Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is now accepting applications for a new cohort of Ohio educators. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. The application is posted at www.battelle.org/ili2018. To detail the program, we’re re-posting our 2016 interview with ILI faculty member Dee Martindale, principal at Hebron Elementary School in Hebron, Ohio. Dee was also the founding principal of the award-winning Summit Road STEM Elementary School […]

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Students learn as drone pilots, quail farmers and more

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“A school full of animals and plants; that doesn’t sound normal. But once you come here, and experience it, you realize how amazing it is.”                 – Teague Tafelski The Toledo Natural Science Technology Center is anything but normal. Since 1975, it has been a part of Toledo Public Schools career tech program, offering students a hands-on education in environmental and natural science. Their problem and inquiry based approaches toward Animal Science, Landscape and Turf, and Urban Agriculture attract students […]

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Webinar: Manufacturing internship takes urban students inside careers

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By adapting the best of the European apprenticeship to Northeast Ohio, a new organization takes students inside manufacturing careers. February 28th, Dr. Terrence Robinson will detail the lessons of the program and how it could benefit your students. Battelle’s Heather Sherman will moderate and explain how the program connects with MakerMinded, a powerful tool for finding quality STEM experiences where students can earn points for their school. Webinar: How MAGNET’s Early College, Early Career program prepares students for success – Register […]

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Students transform lunchroom to arcade with math

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“Are we going to be able to finish our project today?” At Baldwin Road Junior High, STEM shines in The Foundry, a dedicated makerspace led by Sandra Guinto. At 9:30AM, she and 16 eighth graders were excited to finish up their group projects. From the first day of school, Art of Math is directed by student interests. “I try to find projects that they want to do,” Guinto said, so she gave the reins over to students from the outset. […]

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Applications for Code.org professional development now live

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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. This year’s professional learning will again be free to teachers (although travel will be the responsibility of the school and/or teacher). Participants will explore Computer Science curriculum and tools, experiment […]

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CDC fellowship leaves teacher “awestruck,” applications close Jan. 15

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“As a science nerd, I was awestruck” This July, teachers from across the country will gather at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship. This five-day professional development program targets teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into middle- and high-school classrooms. Teachers aren’t required to have a background in public health or medicine, but one current fellow does: Dr. Christopher Jenson, who spoke to us about why the program was such […]

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