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Building STEM from the ground up at Hull Prairie Intermediate

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Last June, Perrysburg broke ground on an ambitious new school. From the very beginning, they’ve been laying the foundations for STEM thinking. Today, over 800 5th and 6th graders are building a new culture of creativity, collaboration, and excitement in the $29 million facility. “Every space is designed to have multiple purposes,” explained Principal Scott Best on a recent school tour. Students are welcome to write on the glass walls of every classroom. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of […]

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Statewide Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge

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Last year, more than 1,200 students across the State of Ohio worked in teams to develop solutions to the opioid crisis. In May 100 students gathered at Battelle for the Student Solutions Showcase, presenting their solutions to scientists, engineers, and state political leaders (see below). This year, we would like to present another challenge, Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge to be showcased week of May 14th at Battelle. (Read about last year’s showcase) When choosing a statewide design challenge, we […]

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Amy Hill’s classroom: Student goes from “computers never helped me” to teaching others

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This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. Amy Hill had been teaching English for 17 years in Greenfield when her principal approached her with a new opportunity. Her master’s degree in educational technology from Western Kentucky University made her a prime candidate to teach a new […]

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CS coach Tonkia Bridges: “Teachers don’t have to know everything” to succeed

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I always tell (students): “I don’t know everything.” What I don’t know, I’ll go find out. – Tonkia This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. First up: Meet Tonkia Bridges, a teacher at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School. Sam Bodary in our office talked […]

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New industry recognized credentials available for high school students

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The Ohio Department of Education recently added 49 industry-recognized credentials to its list of those available to interested high school students in the state. Ohio’s secondary school students can earn credentials in one of 13 career fields — ranging from agriculture/environmental systems to transportation — to help them better understand and prepare for in-demand jobs and careers. To learn more about the credentialing program in Ohio schools, we contacted Andrea Zaph, principal of the STEM Academy at Collins Career Technical […]

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Saturday, find STEM in the park in Northwest Ohio

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Free hands-on fun and learning for all ages is the goal of STEM in the Park. The eighth annual event, featuring interactive displays and activities, musical performances and lunch, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 23 at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out more, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, which organizes the event: […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

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On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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