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2021 STEM Excellence Awards

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Today, we recognize four supporters of high-quality STEM education as leaders in providing experiences that inspire and educate the next generation of Ohio innovators. These dedicated educators go above and beyond to advance STEM education in our state. Nominations for the 2021 awards opened in February. Excellence in STEM Teaching Award The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies and classroom innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning outcomes. This awardee […]

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Recognize impactful educators with the 2021 Ohio STEM Excellence Awards

Do you have a phenomenal STEM educator in your building? Is there an outstanding leader in your school or district that encourages innovation? Is your colleague leading the charge in advocating for STEM? Applications for our 2021 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards are now open! The STEM Excellence Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district administrator, and an outstanding advocate for STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The […]

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Support learning with nationwide #LightsOnAfterschool celebration tomorrow

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We’re proud to join the Ohio Afterschool Network and communities all across the country to celebrate the 21st annual #LightsOnAfterschool! Over 1 million afterschool champions are showcasing all the ways afterschool and summer learning programs are serving our communities. The national Afterschool Alliance hosts this event each year to shine a spotlight on the importance of afterschool for children, their parents and communities. There is unmet demand for afterschool programs. A national report by the Afterschool Alliance from March 2020 shows that more than 19 million kids nationwide are waiting to […]

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2020 STEM Innovator: Carla Chapman, Akron Public Schools

When the coronavirus pandemic prompted Ohio schools to close in March, district administrators, teachers, students and their families scrambled to quickly adapt to online learning. In northeastern Ohio, Akron Public Schools, the state’s fifth-largest district, gave its families much needed extra help. Under the leadership of Carla L. Chapman, District Director  of Community Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a team created the Connectors program. Through the program, 254 trained, non-instructional staff members called Akron students to determine their needs, logging […]

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2020 STEM Advocate: Chris Anderson, host of Science Around Cincy

Do STEM scientists, technology whizzes, engineers and mathematicians really work in ivory towers? Kids might think so. And that misconception could lead students to shun STEM-based career paths as boring and isolating. So how can educators dispel that notion and show that scientists work with other enthusiastic professionals, making breakthroughs in exciting, world-changing fields, with no ivory tower in sight? Have the kids watch Science Around Cincy, a video series exploring the work of people involved in science in the […]

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2020 STEM Leadership Award Winner: Dana Letts of Chillicothe

As STEM specialist for the Chillicothe City School District, Dana Letts is truly a jack-of-all-trades. In her job, Letts does a bit of everything, from creating STEM-related school programs, establishing community partnerships and writing STEM curriculum, to supporting principals, designing and leading staff professional development, pursuing funding and presenting sessions about STEM to local groups and businesses. “Mrs. Letts has been known to arrive at school in a suit jacket to lead an early morning meeting and close out the […]

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Canton educator Amanda Gillespie on STEM, problem solving, and STEM Excellence Awards

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The OSLN STEM Excellence Awards are accepting nominations until June 1. Today, we’re checking in with one of the first winners of the award. Amanda Gillespie is a lead teacher and technology facilitator for STEAM Academy @ Hartford Middle School. She won the OSLN Excellence in STEM Teaching Award in 2018, an accomplishment which earned her a feature on a local billboard! She’s stayed busy since winning the award, creating new programs for students like the CS Code Girls program […]

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Library, community college, and budding STEM school share new building

The Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy is truly making an impact, especially for students in the region. Last year, the public school in Lowellville in Mahoning County was awarded the Ohio STEM School designation. This year, the school adds a new class space. While it’s currently housed in the Campbell City district’s K-7 building, now students will also learn in a newly remodeled Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center, slated to open this spring. The $14 million center is a collaboration […]

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Ohio students, can you start a smile?

While learning continues in homes across Ohio, many young people have began looking for ways they can help. A new challenge asks students to support their communities, in a safe way. Following on the incredible success of the “Name the Rover” essay contest, the national STEMx network offers a new opportunity for K-12 students, in partnership with Future Engineers. The “Start a Smile” challenge will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people. Students, your challenge is: INVENT A WAY […]

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Students connected with Ohio lawmakers at first Computer Science Advocacy Day

A huge thank you to the many young leaders and the dedicated educators who made today’s Computer Science Advocacy Day a success! Specific thanks to our student advocates: Tayla Robinson from Dayton Regional STEM School and Bhawana Khatiwada from Reynoldburg’s eSTEM Academy.  Read the press release below for more information, share this flyer, and talk to your Senator or Representative about the importance of quality computer science education. Our album of pictures from the event is here, including visits from […]

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