LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Design challenge

Transition news

Hi all! I have some big news to share — today marks the end of my tenure as the Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network – and the beginning of a new chapter both for OSLN and for me personally. I’m not going very far – I’ll still be here at Battelle, leading our national network, STEMx. I plan to take all that I have learned from my experience in Ohio to strengthen and grow our national STEM efforts. […]

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Bring your creativity, passion for 3D design and appreciation for veterans together in a new STEM challenge

The Army Educational Outreach Program, managed by Battelle, has launched the “We <3 Veterans Pin Design” challenge with Future Engineers. Students in fourth to eighth grade will use their 3D design skills to create a wearable pin that demonstrates their gratitude towards veterans. If chosen as one of the ten finalists, the pin will be printed and distributed to veterans who visit the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio! Students can complete this free, online challenge at home or in the classroom, […]

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Join the OSLN team

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Are you passionate about high quality STEM education for Ohio students? Do you have experience working in an Ohio STEM school or with STEM programs? Apply to join the team at Battelle managing the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Help advance STEM education for all Ohio students through targeted partnerships, programs, and learning opportunities. Battelle seeks to hire two STEM Relationship Managers for the Ohio STEM Learning Network team. Both roles are based in central Ohio but a majority of the […]

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Thank you, Superintendent DeMaria!

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OSLN shares our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, who will retire from the Ohio Department of Education on September 24, 2021. Throughout his five-year tenure, Superintendent DeMaria was a strong supporter of STEM education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. He served on the Ohio STEM Committee throughout this time, attending every meeting. There he drove critical conversations about the future of STEM and recognizing excellence in designated STEM/STEAM schools. Over the course […]

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#STEMbuildsOhio challenge learning series launched and portal updated

This year’s #STEMbuildsOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to consider how they can improve their school, community, or world by reimagining an existing physical space, system, product, or service so that it is more equitable, accessible, or efficient. Educators can sign up now to begin the challenge. We’re proud to announce two major supports for educators interested in the challenge. First, our design challenge web portal ( has been fully updated. With new resources on the infrastructure topic, basics on the […]

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Start your #STEMbuildsOhio challenge with a $1 trillion hook


As America looks to redesign and rebuild with the passage of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, you can inspire a new team of infrastructure-savvy students. This year’s #STEMbuildsOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to consider how they can improve their school, community, or world by reimagining an existing physical space, system, product, or service so that it is more equitable, accessible, or efficient. Educators can sign up now to begin the challenge. Over the next few weeks, we’ll […]

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Announcing our next challenge: #STEMbuildsOhio

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The pandemic has reshaped the way that Americans think about almost everything from business, to school, to shopping. Families, retailers, schools, and governments pivoted to persevere through a completely new experience. The pandemic had devastating effects from lives lost, social isolation, and economic upheaval. It also resulted in countless innovations and a renewed focus on equity, opportunity, and community. As we turn towards life in a post-pandemic society, we’re inspired by the immense possibilities that lie ahead to rebuild our […]

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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. In 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 […]

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Science, industry, and young learners meet at STEMfest! by The Works science museum

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The pandemic has forced much of the hands-on learning typical of STEM classrooms to be shared virtually. And so it was with STEMfest!, an annual design challenge sponsored by The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. The Works, which is located in Newark in central Ohio’s Licking County, made STEMfest! a virtual event in this year with great success. And one of the STEMfest! design challenges that middle and high school students could pursue was #STEMpowersOhio – the […]

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It’s time! Join these schools and show how #STEMpowersOhio

The #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge will connect your students to hands-on learning, community partners, and more. Since launching the challenge in September, participating schools have joined us and our partners for special educators professional development events, built lessons using our portal, and worked together to share STEM tips. All these efforts help Ohio students work to reimagine energy production and/or consumption to improve your communities. Now, it’s time to get your registration submitted. Whether you’re a school or […]

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