OSLN News

Student Voice 2018: One week to go

April 13, 2018 update: We will be notifying the winners of our 2018 contest on Monday, May 14th.  Students of all ages encounter problems every day. For our essay contest, we asked students at Ohio’s STEM schools to shine a light on how they can solve them. Over the past three weeks, we’ve already received student perspectives on issues like gun control, depression, homelessness, volunteerism, self-esteem, and deforestation. More are rolling in each day, all responding to the prompt below. […]

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Heart health lessons with “Crush” the mastiff and more at Pickerington Ridgeview STEM

We believe student voice (and teacher voice) matters. Today, we’re trying out a new approach to amplify these stories. Click below to listen to this piece as a podcast and let us know what you think in the comments. “People aren’t being as heart-healthy as they should be,” explained eighth grader Mackensie Clark, “so we want people to get used to doing that so they will be heart-healthy, so they won’t have a heart attack or have a stroke.”  Mackensie is participating in our statewide design […]

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Early College, Early Career starts students on shop floors to fill growing, complex jobs in manufacturing

Many manufacturers across the United States are begging for skilled workers to fill positions, and manufacturers in northeastern Ohio are no exception. Enter MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network), an organization based in Cleveland that helps such regional businesses grow and compete. MAGNET is sponsoring a workforce program to interest area high school students in manufacturing careers and to get them paid internships on shop floors well before graduation. The program is called Early College Early Career. For details, we […]

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Announcing our 2018 student essay contest

April 13, 2018 update: We will be notifying the winners of our 2018 contest on Monday, May 14th.  Last year, we ran our inaugural student essay contest. We were thrilled by the responses from 100 students from across the state. Thanks to students like Erica Barnes, we learned more about how middle and high schoolers persevere through personal challenges, in and out of school. In 2018, we want to keep learning from and listening to Ohio students of all ages. Even when solving problems […]

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Ohio teacher spends her birthday learning computer science with peers

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

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

“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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