LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Grants

MakerMinded Ohio is live!

We are proud to announce Ohio’s new STEM initiative, MakerMinded, is live! MakerMinded is a competition-based program aimed at closing the skills gap and empowering more students to take on STEM, including careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Schools can sign up for free and choose between hundreds of activities to complete for points. At the end of the year, top-scoring schools will be awarded prizes. Today, you can register your school at oh.makerminded.com, search for STEM activities, and log points for […]

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Proposals awarded for embedding NASA resources

We’ve got two pieces of “out of this world” news today. Many of you will be using the eclipse as a powerful teaching opportunity and we’re proud to announce the awardees for our partnership with NASA Glenn. The eclipse Ohio won’t see the “totality” during the solar eclipse this afternoon, but it will still be an amazing sight. The Tennessee STEM Innovation has a detailed guide, if you need any last minute-tips on creating a safe, effective learning experience today. […]

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Seeking proposals to embed NASA content in Ohio classrooms

If your school or organizations trains teachers, listen in. Battelle, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is looking for proposals. The science & technology non-profit seeks partners to train teachers on using content from NASA. Thanks to funding from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of one-time grants are available. These grants are meant to develop or expand professional development programs that leverage NASA’s subject matter expertise, education staff, or content. Overall, the link to NASA […]

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Growing STEM at science symposium with under-represented Ohio students

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Photo credit: Lisa Addis, Bowling Green State University Boosting participation of girls and minority students in STEM classes and events is among the goals of many STEM educators. It was one of the aims of organizers of the annual Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held earlier this year at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out the results of their efforts, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence […]

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Thanks to studio, Andre Williams is helping other teens

Andre Williams first dropped in to use the music studio. “I heard about it online… I was donating plasma to pay for studio sessions… when I found out about this being free, I started bringing my friends.” Columbus Museum of Art’s “Teen Open Studio,” began in 2014. Supported by the Battelle STEM Arts Grant, the program serves local teens two days a week, offering a unique space to make art of all kinds. With access to supplies and tools, Andre […]

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“STEM After School” brings chemical engineering to middle schoolers

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Providing high-quality after-school STEM activities is the goal of a program at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in Newark in Licking County. With nearly $50,000 of funding support from Battelle, The Works created STEM After School to offer some of the county’s middle school students opportunities to explore STEM concepts and careers through hands-on, inquiry based programs. To find out how it’s all going, we contacted Meghan Federer, museum STEM education director for primary grades at […]

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Charge up your classroom with FirstEnergy

STEM educators often brim with ideas for innovative classroom projects, but their schools’ budgets rarely brim with cash for such extras. To help with project funding, FirstEnergy Corp. is again offering its STEM Classroom Grants program. We contacted Delores Jones, manager of community involvement at FirstEnergy, to share details about the grants program and the application process: Q: Who may apply? A: Educators (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth-group leaders in Ohio communities served by our electric operating companies — […]

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Growing roots in STEM

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With springtime’s natural beauty all around us, many teachers are using nature to impact academic lessons. Teaching about Mother Nature — as well as the design process, engineering and other seemingly unrelated fields — is the goal of two gardening projects at Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and DECA Prep. To give us background on the projects, we contacted Tracy Martz, director of STEM Initiatives at DECA.

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More grants available from Army STEM consortium

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A central part of our mission is providing opportunities to schools and teachers. One great source of programs for students is the Army Educational Outreach Program or AEOP. To find a description of the various STEM education programs visit usaeop.com. OSLN’s mission is also to bring together leading STEM organizations to build more opportunities for kids. As a connector, we’re proud to issue this notification of a second round of grant opportunities for strategic initiatives from AEOP. Organizations that support […]

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Leaders Institute recruiting for 2016

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The Innovative Leaders Institute is a year-long training and mentoring experience for educators led by some of the top STEM and innovative school leaders across the country. To date, over 130 educators from urban, rural, and suburban schools across five states – including Chicago Public Schools – have participated. Looking to lead STEM in your school? Begin building your team now for the application, coming in mid-February.

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