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Kinder Garden School demonstrates STEM excellence during uncertain times

Amid the turmoil, disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic thrust upon education in the Buckeye State, one southwestern Ohio school for young learners still had much to celebrate this spring. In May, on its third try, the Kinder Garden School received the state’s STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. In addition, Kinder Garden School students celebrated successfully tackling the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge on smart mobility, coming up with creative and practical ways to make […]

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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, policymakers to gather at first Ohio Urban Air Mobility Symposium

Ohio, with its storied history in the field of human flight, would seem the perfect place for research in the next bold step in air transportation – autonomous flight. This next breakthrough in air travel, and what is happening in the field in Ohio and worldwide, will be discussed at the upcoming Ohio Urban Air Mobility Symposium. The speakers and panelists at the symposium, which will take place Feb. 27 at the Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center on Ohio […]

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Events, resources, and last call to register for 2020 design challenge

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Will your school join the #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge? These resources will connect you to industry partners and bolster your programming on your way to the design challenge’s culminating event: The Student Solutions Showcase at Battelle. At the recent P3 Applied training, the PAST Foundation partnered with diverse organizations to highlight how smart mobility is integral to the modern workforce. Each of these partner organizations offers unique programs and models to guide students of today into the future. Panelists from Akron Children’s […]

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Webinar: Three school leaders share tips for design challenge success

Interested in participating in the 2020 #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge but need to learn more? Join our technical assistance webinar on December 12th from 4:00- 5:00 pm to hear from administrators at three schools. These schools all participated in previous design challenges. And all three are participating in this year’s challenge. These experts will provide key insights at the school and classroom level. This webinar will discuss: Managing the design challenge at a school level Activities you can do to engage […]

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Design challenge portal launched, plus materials from our kickoff

To kick off the 2020 #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge, we hosted a launch event at the COSI Science Center. Teachers learned about Smart Mobility and how to implement a design challenge at their school. As a resource, this post summarizes the day and provides links to bring those ideas into your classrooms. We’re also proud to announce the launch of designchallenge.osln.org. The site will serve as your one-stop shop for understanding how to participate in the #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge, resources on […]

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K-3 learners dive into design challenge at Kinder Garden School

This year’s statewide design challenge, #STEMdrivesOhio, explores Smart Mobility – using new technologies to improve the mobility of people and goods. That may sound very technical for younger students, but this West Chester school is up to the challenge. At the Kinder Garden School, youngsters in kindergarten through third grade work on an improved kid’s car seat. By centering safety and community wellness, the school’s using the design challenge as a learning experience. These young learners will even present their […]

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Reminder: Register for the #STEMdrivesOhio Kickoff

Last year’s design challenge kickoff filled up fast, so don’t miss your chance to register! Join us on October 3, 2019 for a full day of professional development at COSI. The #STEMdrivesOhio Kickoff will be a free, fun opportunity for K-12 teachers  to learn about Smart Mobility and get some tips on leading a design challenge with your students. You will have the opportunity to visit the Smart Columbus Experience Center, participate in a mini-design challenge, meet experts in both […]

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#STEMdrivesOhio challenge question, professional development, and other resources

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network will host a statewide design challenge for K-12 students. This year, we’re partnering with DriveOhio to explore the topic of Smart Mobility through the #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge.  DriveOhio is a partnership of the state agencies housed in the Ohio Department of Transportation and devoted to advancing the Smart Mobility in our state. In simple terms, Smart Mobility means using emerging technologies to improve the mobility of people and goods. It’s the use of new technologies to […]

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2020 Design Challenge: SMART mobility with details from DriveOhio

Many STEM educators are at the forefront of teaching via problem-based curriculum: Present a real-life problem, guide students in a brainstorm to solve the problem using STEM strategies. This method is the heart of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s annual Design Challenge. Prior Design Challenges, posed to teachers and students across Ohio in all grade levels, tackled the opioid epidemic, heart disease and food insecurity. During each year-long challenge, students research, build and test a solution to the designated problem and then present their ideas at Battelle. This time, the challenge centers on improving transportation via “smart mobility.” So, what is smart […]

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