LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Events

Join our winter kickoff for the design challenge

We’re kicking off the spring term with a fast-paced, classroom-focused seminar on bringing our annual design challenge to your classrooms. Winter design challenge kickoff January 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Most problems in real-life are messy, ill-defined, and typically not solvable using an existing, already developed and fine-tuned approach. These problems, which are often related to our community and way of life, require a unique and flexible way of thinking, analyzing, ideating, and creating. How do we, as […]

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Top posts of 2021

As we end the year, we’re taking a look back at our top posts from 2021. These are the announcements from us you found most valuable. For each one, we’ve included a brief note covering what you can expect to hear about these initiatives in 2022. Have other questions about next year? Post a comment and we’ll do our best to answer. Top posts OSLN STEM Classroom Grant Program This year we launched our first flagship grant opportunity just for […]

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2021 Ohio STEM Innovator: Meghan Federer of The Works

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  The myriad challenges posed by the relentless COVID-19 pandemic have forced many STEM educators to innovate. They’ve devised countless original ways to teach their students, both virtually via computer and in-person while wearing masks and keeping socially distanced. And school faculty members aren’t the only educators affected. Museum staff members have had to be creative to safely serve the public. A case in point: The Works, Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, in Newark. While the facility was […]

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Guest post: Afterschool programs help children learn and grow, celebrate with Lights On Afterschool

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Guest post by Michele Ritchlin, Director of the Ohio Afterschool Network If you were to walk by a school in the afternoon as the bell rang, it might be natural to think that the learning day is done. School buses are filling up and pulling away. Students are walking toward home with their friends. For a brief moment their thoughts have turned away from the book they’re reading or the math homework they have. But we know that learning is […]

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DriveOhio Smart Mobility Ambassadors: Developing Ohio’s Emerging Transportation Workforce

Guest post submitted by Rich Granger and Kenya Gray of DriveOhio, our long running partner DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the state’s center for smart mobility on the ground and in the air – is preparing Ohio’s emerging workforce for the next generation of transportation careers. During the 2021-22 school year, DriveOhio is launching a new Smart Mobility Ambassador program for high school volunteers, in collaboration with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators […]

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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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#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 (https://designchallenge.osln.org/) has been fully updated. With new resources on the infrastructure topic, basics on the […]

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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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Bring NASA lessons into your classroom with Space from a Distance

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network proudly announces a new collaboration between science non-profit Battelle and NASA—Next Gen STEM: Space from a Distance. At https://nextgenstem.battelle.org, explore NASA’s standards-aligned, hands-on STEM activities and then join us for an informational webinar on 12/9/2020 to learn how to qualify for a free STEM crate with supplies for 30 students. Starting next year on February 1st, https://nextgenstem.battelle.org will feature standards-aligned design challenges designed for K-12 by NASA professionals. Each week will focus on a different […]

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New #STEMpowersOhio webinars with The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

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Considering joining this year’s #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge, but not sure how to get started? The Ohio STEM Learning Network and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will join forces to bring 6-12th teachers a robust series of sessions to help you get started. We want as many students as possible to participate this year, and we hope this workshop series will give educators the support needed to make this program a success. These webinars will […]

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