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Students celebrated for creating ideas to fight opioid crisis

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At the start of the school year, we joined with the Ohio Department Education to ask students to put their knowledge and creativity to work on Ohio’s opioid abuse crisis. On Thursday, more than 100 students from across Ohio came to Columbus to show off their ideas. Solutions included a programmable pill dispenser to limit opioid doses, an app to alert friends and families of those fighting abuse when certain areas are visited and more. One middle school team designed an […]

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Commentary: In loco parentis

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by David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks Throughout the three weeks that span the end of May and the beginning of June, students all over Ohio will be donning an unflattering tasseled mortarboard cap and a polyester gown, lining up in alphabetical order, and trying to remember all the words of their soon-to-be alma mater’s song.  They will be a bit apprehensive, somewhat self-conscious, and a tad more anxious than usual.  They’ve practiced this drill two or three […]

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Teacher on the “art and science of the design process” after STEM training

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Science has beakers and Bunsen burners, of course, but it also has pencils, paper and PowerPoint. As a scientist conducts experiments, he or she records the results and presents them to others. Giving science teachers insight into how real laboratories operate — so they can pass that knowledge to their students — is the aim of the Rural Literacy Design Collaborative. The recent effort, made possible by a successful application to Ohio’s Straight A Fund, gave some middle and high school […]

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Winning essays and inventing assistive technologies, just another day for these Akron students

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish School stands out. Located in Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent is one of the first STEM designated Catholic schools in the our network with STEM implementation from elementary on up. The school just achieved two successes. One, completing an outstanding project-based learning partnership. Two, winning the middle school level of the Ohio STEM Learning Network essay contest. Last Friday morning, we stopped by the school for a presentation of learning by the 2nd-5th grades. Through a […]

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Student essay: “I want to be role model” in engineering

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We’re thrilled to present the winner of the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. Erica Barnes is a junior at NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. We’ve published her winning essay in its entirety, but first, we’ll let her introduce herself to the network: Erica: Since the 5th grade, when my middle school career began, I have had an interest in becoming an engineer. From my first engineering class, where we built Rube Goldberg machines and were […]

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Fight against opioid abuse unites Pickerington STEM school

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Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis is a growing problem, and many schools statewide have taken up the design challenge posed by the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education to devise solutions. In central Ohio, an entire school is working on it. At Ridgeview STEM Junior High in the Pickerington Local district, students have been divided into teams to research answers. Having more than 900 students — plus teachers — involved in one project can pose logistical, and other, […]

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Congratulations to the winners of our first essay contest

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Nearly two months ago, we announced our first essay contest. After reading 49,531 words from 98 essays across 10 schools, we have our winners. As STEM advocates, we tend to focus our message on adults. We aim to serve students across Ohio, typically by connecting educators and providing teachers with resources. While our work focuses on students, we don’t talk to them, or listen, as much as we could. Over the past weeks, we listened. We heard how real students […]

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