Announcing the STEMthusiasts, weekly community of practice webinars

The Ohio STEM Learning Network, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, and our partners want to make sure that we nurture and feed STEM instructor needs for the continuation of design thinking, even in a remote environment. Join us in a community of practice forum where we look at best practices, share designs for engaged inquiry in a remote setting and augment your ability to promote creative problem solving during the COVID-19 school closures.

Each week, we will bring you the best STEM thought leaders, design ideas, interactive dialogue with other STEM instructors and free tools to support you in making instructional decisions that fit today’s limitations.

If you are an experienced STEM educator, your experiences are exactly what we need!  And if you’re an inquiring learner in STEM, have we got ideas for you!

STEMthusiasts:  A community of practice

Invention, Inquiry and Innovation:  Tools and Techniques for Covid-19

4/30/20 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


In our first session, Marcy Raymond and Heather Sherman will focus assistance on design thinking for structured and open inquiry opportunities for student learning.  Jeff McClellan, founder of STARTSole, will share tools for engaging students in inquiry using self-organized learning environments (SOLE) that are specifically designed for remote learning.  Also joining us from the PAST Foundation are Mary Schneider and Ashley Price.  Mary and Ashley will share the process for inquiry utilized by PAST Foundation for remote design challenges.  Heck, they’ll even invite your kids to participate in an afternoon coding camp for free!

Platform: Zoom


Human Centered Design:  Creating a design challenge that enables students to create their own future…

5/7/20 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


In session two, Heather Sherman and Marcy Raymond will facilitate the understanding of human centered design while assisting in the formulation of design challenges for students to create environments that allow for social distancing, but do not result in being socially remote.  Kat Deaner from the PAST Foundation will share a process for creating design challenges that wow students and parents while participants share their classroom designs as we build a bank of locally developed design challenges.

Platform: Zoom


Future Focused STEM

5/14/20 from 2:00 to 3:30PM


The likelihood of school looking “normal” in Fall 2020 gives us a fabulous chance to think outside the box regarding STEM delivery systems.  Marcy Raymond and Heather Sherman will facilitate a community of practice dialogue exploring out of the box designs for STEM delivery in the classroom for 2020-2021.  For this session, we have invited the Ohio Science Academy, OSLN and the Ohio Department of Education to assist us.

Platform: Zoom

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