OSLN News

Serious about learning “because I know it would make my mother proud”

We are proud to announce Sarah Rich earned honorable mention in the Ohio STEM Learning Network high school essay contest. Sarah Rich is a 10th grader at the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. She is currently taking post-secondary courses at the University of Akron where, she hopes to major in Biology. Later on down the road, she would to study medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University or The Ohio State University. She’s open to […]

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Marking the Global Impact STEM Academy’s first graduation

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Spring brings high school graduations — joyous occasions for those senior students and their proud families. This spring’s graduation was especially memorable at Global Impact STEM Academy because it was the school’s first. The early-college high school in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County was founded in 2013 and graduated its first class in May. To find out more about the academy and its seniors, we contacted Jamison Truebenbach, the high school’s director of programming and a founding staff member: Q: […]

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Two more schools formally designated as Ohio STEM schools

Yesterday, the Ohio’s STEM Committee met. (Public meeting notice) The committee met to review the status of three schools. St. Mary School (Chardon) and St. Vincent de Paul Parish School both applied and were conditionally accepted in March. However, the committee did require both schools return later on with additional information about aspects of their applications. Today, those schools replied and won over the reviewers. We’ll be updating our site with full profiles of both schools in the coming weeks. […]

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Learn about STEM at Connect for Success

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The Connect for Success conference is just around the corner. Wednesday and Thursday, the conference will bring together hundreds of educators. And STEM will be there. The Ohio STEM Learning Network represents more than 40 STEM schools across the state. Through the network, schools gain access to trainings for teachers and administrators, events for students, and grant partnerships. Battelle, the science and technology non-profit which manages this network, sponsored a track for STEM. Thanks to that support, we’re bringing nineteen […]

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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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