OSLN News

New federal STEM plan released, read our first thoughts

Note from Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network: When I first talked with many of you at our meeting in July, I explained my intention that our network would start to expand its understanding and influence over education policy. Today, there’s big news on that topic. The White House has unveiled a new report that will guide investments by federal agencies and seeks to influence the national conversation on STEM education. Including Ohio. We’ll continue reading through […]

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Calling all future STEM schools, Ohio designation application is live

The  2020 STEM school designation application is now available. STEM designation demonstrates your school’s commitment to a culture of innovation. As a whole, Ohio’s network of more than 50 STEM schools serve more low income and minority students than Ohio’s average school. That diverse student body excels in class, graduating at higher rates than their peers, and they do more. Students at these school also complete internships, college courses, and problem-based learning experiences. If that sounds like your school, it’s time […]

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Countdown to CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) encourages students to take the leap and try out computer science. CSEdWeek 2018 will begin in just one week and runs from December 3-9. The celebration ends with a recognition of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born December 9, 1906. There are lots of ways to bring computer science into your classroom. Many Ohio teachers will celebrate the week with #HourofCode events. More than 800 events are planned around the state. Looking for a […]

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Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

Polymers — large molecules ranging from plastics and rubber to protein and DNA — have become commonplace, especially in Ohio’s industries. Our state is home to the largest polymer industry cluster in America and is recognized as a leader worldwide, according to PolymerOhio, an industry organization. And, Ohio is the No. 1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with 76 of the state’s 88 counties having at least one polymer company. That means 1,150 […]

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Answers to your questions about the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge

This week, we’re featuring a roundup of frequently asked questions about this year’s design challenge—from setting up your school showcase, to participating in the Battelle showcase in May. Once you’re done reading, please complete this form and fill us in about your school’s participation. Q: What are the requirements for design challenge projects? Each school will implement their design challenge in their own context, so we expect some differences. : There a few basic requirements we ask every school to […]

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Spread the word about #hourofcode with your ideas on creativity

November 19: Thanks to all of you who joined in! It’s time to unveil our new video asking students “What will you create?” In just a few weeks, we’ll kick off the Hour of Code Challenge during Computer Science Education Week, December 3–9th. This week is designed to encourage students and teachers to try an hour of Computer Science. Computer science is about more than technical knowledge, it’s also about creativity. That’s why this year’s theme for #HourofCode is creativity. To […]

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Send us your Design Challenge questions!

This week, we’re taking a break from our Design Challenge Design Cycle posts to check in and see what questions you have about participating in the Food Security Design Challenge at your school. Next Thursday, we will provide a FAQ page with answers to your questions. From what we’ve heard already, you have questions like: “How do I organize a school-wide showcase” and “What do we need to do to participate in the state-wide showcase at Battelle” and “when is […]

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