Central Ohio organizations: Battelle STEM Grant Program open now

Every year, Battelle supports organizations that create STEM integrated, standards based informal education programs. Battelle, which also manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, looks to provide new and continuing support to organizations around Central Ohio in 2020. Previous grant winners include Maurice Womack, an engineer-educator working to eradicate STEM deserts throughout America through hands-on, online learning, and Rhonda Willford Eberst, a librarian who created the Summit STEM Living Library Museum and author of I Survived Pompeii. 

Applications are now open for the 2020 Battelle STEM Grant. Proposals are due March 2, 2020 by 5:00 PM (EST). Battelle looks to support programs that:

  • Create STEM experiences kids love
  • Integrate modern academic standards to better prepare participants for success back at school
  • Serve the Central Ohio region (Franklin county and all adjacent counties) where Battelle is headquartered

Proposal resources: Understand how your organization fits into the application process

  • Request for Proposals
    • New Funding RFP: Details on seeking funding for a program under the Battelle STEM Grant for the first time.
    • Continued Funding RFP: Details on seeking funding for a program which has previously been awarded a Battelle STEM Grant.
  • 2020 application for either new or continued funding

The 2019 Battelle STEM Grant awarded $753,000 to 19 new or expanded learning programs. Out of those 19 projects, here are just six that showcase the diversity of programs funded by the grant.

Cardio in Canal: Design Thinking to Increase Physical Activity by Canal Winchester Local Schools

All 3,500 K-12 teachers and students in Canal Winchester will participate in a district-wide problem-based learning lesson to increase heart rates through outdoor exercise. Students will use new Fit Trail stations placed at three schools and participate in a week-long summer camp. The program culminates with a Cardio in Canal Summer Celebration in June 2020.

Kids Creating Innovative Solutions for the Future of Mobility by Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center

Primary school-age children will complete a 10-week summer program on future mobility and automotive design solutions. The project collaborates with Smart Columbus, COSI, Honda R&D Americas and The Artmobile.

Studio Thinking Continuum by Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art will implement and evaluate the Open Studio, an extension of the Teen Open Studio for all ages and launch a new Mobile Studio for libraries, concert series, festivals, and other summer programs including Columbus Parks and Recreation’s Go Lunch program.

Gravity Powered Project by Gladden Community House

The Gladden Community House will create a STEM-based Gravity Powered Project and Vehicle Derby for K-12th grade Franklinton youth. Gladden will provide our students with year-long STEM based educational programming about force and motion and will help students build gravity powered vehicles to demonstrate these principles in action.

Green Teens Grow by Highland Youth Garden

This program will expand garden education from the elementary students to teens at the Highland Youth Garden, an oasis for learning, connecting and engaging. Teens will work with educators to lead the elementary students in STEM learning.

Lakewood Local Schools STEM Club by Lakewood Local School District

Lakewood Local Schools will start a weekly after-school STEM club for students at Jackson Intermediate School. Students will use Design Thinking to work through a variety of challenges built on Ohio’s Science and Technology Content Standards and showcase their work at a celebration for parents and the local community.

Apply to expand your program’s ability to create lasting STEM impacts on Central Ohio. For additional support and during the application process, contact Leslie Vesha ([email protected]), Philanthropy Manager for Battelle.


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