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Young innovators celebrated at #STEMpowersOhio showcase

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Not even a pandemic could stop the 1,500+ students from 25 schools who completed this year’s #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge. Yesterday, we hosted the culminating event for the challenge – our annual showcase of the solutions students have created after a year of learning about energy, the design cycle, and so much more.

green energy machineIn place of the normal celebration at Battelle, students and volunteer judges met online. Students delivered four minute “pitches” detailing all their learning. Three student teams will win a special prize for their schools.

The top scoring pitches today in the elementary, middle school, and high school sections will each win a “Green Energy Machine” built by the Shared Power Network. The education non-profit helps schools with solar energy projects and donated one “Green Energy Machine.” Two additional “Machines” will be provided thanks to support from Battelle, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network.

Prior the showcase, student teams recorded video pitches of their projects. Below, we’ve shared a brief video bringing all these presentations together.

Please join us in celebrating these persistent young innovators, the educators who guided them, and parents who supported them.

The #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge explored the topic of Energy through partnerships with the Ohio Energy Project, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Young Entrepreneur Institute, and Ohio Afterschool Network. Support was provided by Constellation Energy, a company that serves more than two million customers across the continental United States, and the American Electric Power Foundation, which focuses on improving lives through STEM education from early childhood through higher education.

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