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Amy Hill’s classroom: Student goes from “computers never helped me” to teaching others

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This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. Amy Hill had been teaching English for 17 years in Greenfield when her principal approached her with a new opportunity. Her master’s degree in educational technology from Western Kentucky University made her a prime candidate to teach a new […]

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CS coach Tonkia Bridges: “Teachers don’t have to know everything” to succeed

I always tell (students): “I don’t know everything.” What I don’t know, I’ll go find out. – Tonkia This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. First up: Meet Tonkia Bridges, a teacher at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School. Sam Bodary in our office talked […]

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New industry recognized credentials available for high school students

The Ohio Department of Education recently added 49 industry-recognized credentials to its list of those available to interested high school students in the state. Ohio’s secondary school students can earn credentials in one of 13 career fields — ranging from agriculture/environmental systems to transportation — to help them better understand and prepare for in-demand jobs and careers. To learn more about the credentialing program in Ohio schools, we contacted Andrea Zaph, principal of the STEM Academy at Collins Career Technical […]

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Saturday, find STEM in the park in Northwest Ohio

Free hands-on fun and learning for all ages is the goal of STEM in the Park. The eighth annual event, featuring interactive displays and activities, musical performances and lunch, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 23 at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out more, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, which organizes the event: […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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STEM schools open for tours

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If you talk to the leaders behind accomplished, innovative schools about how they formed the vision of a new school with their community and one form of professional development is bound to come up: visiting other innovative schools. Through a school visit, you can ask questions of school staff, meet students, and experience the school building as a learning environment. Visits are a powerful approach to building your vision of a different school. Today, we’re proud to announce the Fall 2017 list […]

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New environmental center opens to serve Central Ohio on campus of KIPP Columbus

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” Henry David Thoreau When KIPP Columbus opened its new campus in 2014, one of the key assets to the school’s new home was space to grow. Then, the school was facing a waitlist of 500+ students and needed space-for a new, planned high school building. But one classroom needed no cranes or concrete. A diverse, vibrant green space spreads out over the 124-acre property combining forests, wetlands, and […]

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