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Mentoring middle schoolers in STEM wins student national 4-H award

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Ava Lonneman had an idea: Have fellow high school students in her 4-H club teach STEM concepts to middle schoolers. That way, the older kids can practice their speaking and presentation skills, and the younger ones can learn Newton’s Laws. The idea worked, and it helped Ava, 17, earn a 2017 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award. We asked the Bio-Med Science Academy student to tell us about herself, her interest in STEM, and the project that won the national award: […]

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Aimee Kennedy: Summit stands out

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by Dr. Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle I’ve visited a lot of schools in my career, but Summit Public Schools still stands out. Four years ago I first learned about the school. Sitting in a large conference room, I heard CEO Diane Tavenner, talking about how her schools implement an innovation model that is grounded in the lean start up methodology.  I remember thinking that my own school, and so many of our […]

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MakerMinded is coming to Ohio

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Today, we’re proud to announce another step forward for STEM in Ohio. In August, the MakerMinded program will launch to show Ohio students the STEM side of modern manufacturing. In MakerMinded, students complete interactive lessons where they learn about STEM and manufacturing, earning points for their school. Our friends at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network launched the program there just last year. They’ve already attracted 100 schools and 1,000+ active users. One-hundred schools, we can beat that, right Ohio? If […]

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Record-breaking year for Ohio STEM school designation

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“This is a day of celebration.” David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks. Today, the Ohio STEM Committee met to review applications for state designation as an Ohio STEM school. This panel of policymakers, agency directors, and business leaders considered 30 applications from schools. Designation recognizes a school’s design as an effective place for STEM learning and invites the school into our network. Thirty applications marks more than triple the number last year and a record for Ohio. This […]

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Faculty member of leaders institute: “STEM isn’t just one more thing”

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The deadline to apply online for the 2017-18 Ohio Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is April 3. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. Have you been thinking about applying but have questions? To find out more about the program, we contacted 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 […]

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Thanks to studio, Andre Williams is helping other teens

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Andre Williams first dropped in to use the music studio. “I heard about it online… I was donating plasma to pay for studio sessions… when I found out about this being free, I started bringing my friends.” Columbus Museum of Art’s “Teen Open Studio,” began in 2014. Supported by the Battelle STEM Arts Grant, the program serves local teens two days a week, offering a unique space to make art of all kinds. With access to supplies and tools, Andre […]

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“STEM After School” brings chemical engineering to middle schoolers

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Providing high-quality after-school STEM activities is the goal of a program at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in Newark in Licking County. With nearly $50,000 of funding support from Battelle, The Works created STEM After School to offer some of the county’s middle school students opportunities to explore STEM concepts and careers through hands-on, inquiry based programs. To find out how it’s all going, we contacted Meghan Federer, museum STEM education director for primary grades at […]

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