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Join us for Computer Science Advocacy Day at the Statehouse

Computer Science opens more doors than any other discipline. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to healthcare. Seventy-one percent (71%) of all U.S. jobs require digital skills. High-skilled computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best-paying, and largest sector of all new wages in the U.S. This holds true in our home state. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association, Ohio is ranked 10th in the country in both net tech employment and net tech employment job gains.1 […]

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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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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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Students, you could name the next Mars rover!

In December 2008, a young student named Clara Ma submitted a name for a project NASA then called the “Mars Science Laboratory.” With a 250 word essay, Clara suggested the name “Curiosity.” The Curiosity rover has covered over 13 miles of terrain on the Martian surface. Seven years later, the car-sized robotic explorer is the face of science on the red planet. This July, NASA’s next rover will launch. Today, NASA opened the contest for K-12 students to name the […]

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Help choose the name of the next Mars rover

NASA’s next robotic explorer to the Red Planet has many things. A ride to space: Launching July 2020 on an Atlas V rocket and landing in February 2021 A new, expanded rover design: 2,300 pounds of engineering and science equipment A mission: To answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars The one thing it’s missing? A name! Currently, the rover’s called “Mars 2020” but that’s a placeholder. This fall, it’s time christen the new rover with its […]

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Thousands to enjoy STEM activities at Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair always has plenty of rides and games to try out, chickens and cows to check out and deep-fried food for pigging out, but it also has much, much more. Countless informational exhibits are on display throughout the fairgrounds at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The latest in technology, from robotics to drone racing, can be discovered at the fair’s Technology and Engineering Showcase, sponsored by the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA). The showcase […]

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Keynote preview: Bob Myers on what skills matter for jobs at innovative companies

Keeping up with modern technology is daunting. Keeping up with the latest teaching methods in technology education is equally challenging. But knowing what employers want in their future employees can give educators some direction. That is one aim of the upcoming Connections to Education Conference. The conference, set for July 29-31 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, is presented by the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. (Early discounted registration is available through […]

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Catch up on the 2019 CSU STEM conference

Just over a week ago, we joined joined the Cleveland State University STEM Education Conference as a co-sponsor. It was a great day, with more than 200 educators gathered to learn at more than 30 sessions. The hashtag (#clestem2019) was just as busy as the conference, so we’ve pulled together this quick post featuring all of our favorites. Don’t miss the appearance of Cleveland’s favorite STEM-supporting meteorologist: Betsy Kling! Lets get this party started! #cleSTEM2019 pic.twitter.com/tNcP1ixGNb — Heather Sherman (@Hbelle88) […]

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Student inventors offer advice after building “Desk Express”

Last school year, two central Ohio boys came up with an idea to help disabled students get around school more easily. They called their invention the Desk Express, and their idea – fashioned into a small-scale prototype – has garnered awards from their school and in a statewide competition. The boys, Jack Monahan and Zach Rogers, are both seventh-graders at Heritage Middle School in the Westerville City School District. They recently traveled to Dearborn, Michigan for the National Invention Convention & […]

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