From STEM school to Naval Academy

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The U.S. Naval Academy accepts fewer than 8% of applicants. But that didn’t deter Eric Towe, a senior graduating from Dayton Regional STEM School. Starting this summer, he’ll begin his service academy training in an undergraduate program that’s graduated more than 50 U.S. astronauts, the most of any institution. This appointment to a service academy was a big first for the school, it may even be a first for the Ohio STEM Learning Network! We’re recognizing Eric’s achievement and the […]

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Computer science trainings for educators coming to Ohio

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In 2013, the non-profit Code.org launched with a simple vision: “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” Now, the organization provides trainings, a library of course content, and political advocacy. To expand access in Ohio, Code.org has selected Battelle Education as a Professional Learning Partner. That means Battelle Education, manager of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, will be organizing more trainings around computer science and coding. Code.org is underwriting much of the cost, allowing […]

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“Heads on, hands on” in bicycle club

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We caught up with Ted Fowler, professor emeritus of education at the University of Cincinnati working with UC’s Office of Innovations and Community Partnerships, about a project he is involved with at nearby Hughes STEM High School – the Hughes Bicycle Club. Student participants break down and reassemble donated bikes to make them work better. The students also ride the finished products. Ted answered some questions about the club.

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STEM schools in the news

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Each year, the State of Ohio opens the window for new schools to become legally designated as STEM schools. We’re proud to serve as advisors to the State, supporting schools and making recommendations on the how proposed schools should proceed. We’ve been working with a number of schools on designation in 2016. The official date when Ohio will consider new applications is coming later this week. Now, we wanted to take a look back. Ohio’s first STEM school opened in 2006. Since […]

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Teachers interview scientists: The heart of engineering

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. For our final interview, here’s Claire Hampel from Metro Early College Middle School and David Chase from Battelle to tell you more about their work together.Claire: Hi! My name is Claire Hampel and I’m a middle school science and English teacher at the Metro School. I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio where I went to the University of Dayton for Education. […]

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Ohio’s young scholars meet for competition

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“Water Quality in Aquaponic Systems,” “Bacteriophage Proliferation Dynamics,” “Acute Morphological Effects of Cosmetics-Derived Microplastics Exposure.” These aren’t articles from a science journal. They are papers by students presenting at the 53rd Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The event gives Ohio middle and high school students the chance to show off the incredible science they can do. All before even graduating! Keep reading to see what Ohio teachers and our staff saw at the event. Want to get involved? Contact […]

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Teachers interview scientists: Reading for the lab

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. Erika Reeves, a teacher, and scientist Kate Kucharzyk talk about how to prepare students for science in the workplace. Let’s start with quick introduction about yourselves Erika: I am an enthusiastic, energetic, nerdy science educator who is passionate about providing students with hands-on learning opportunities and making material engaging and relevant. I have been teaching and learning alongside my students for […]

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