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STEM school turns Manufacturing Day into week of learning

At Graham Middle School in western Ohio, building opportunities for students is Job No. 1. That’s why the school curriculum emphasizes preparing students for manufacturing careers. And, the fact that the school is in rural Champaign County isn’t lost on administrators and staff: They are using land around the building to incorporate agricultural education into classwork, too. To find out more about the myriad goings-on at Graham, including the recent Manufacturing Day activities, we contacted Principal Chad Lensman: Q: Why […]

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MakerMinded winners announced

The points have been counted and it’s time to announce the 2018 winners of the Ohio MakerMinded competition! Winning schools Dayton Regional STEM School – Dayton, Ohio Alliance Middle School – Alliance, Ohio Graham Middle School – St. Paris, Ohio Woodward Park Middle School – Columbus, Ohio Congratulations to these schools, their students and teachers on many hours of STEM learning. Thanks to Battelle and Making Ohio, the state’s manufacturing careers campaign, each winning school will take home a complete virtual […]

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MakerMinded makes it – into EdWeek!

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by Heather Sherman at Battelle The MakerMinded program aims to help students engage in STEM activities, learn about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, and develop skills to participate in the future workforce.   We partnered with LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) to expand MakerMinded into Ohio this year.  Last week, EdWeek’s Benjamin Herold wrote a piece about how MakerMinded is engaging students across the state: Reviving the Manufacturing Sector, Starting in Middle School As the lead for the MakerMinded project, I was thrilled […]

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MakerMinded enriches classrooms without burdening teachers

MakerMinded competition sounds enticing: Have students participate in STEM- and manufacturing-related activities, programs and experiences listed on the MakerMinded web site; document and showcase the participation on social media; earn and track points received for participation; win prizes based on points earned at the end of the school year. But how does a teacher fit all this into a crowded curriculum? Two Ohio educators have found a way to incorporate MakerMinded participation into their regular classes and school club activities. […]

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Early College, Early Career starts students on shop floors to fill growing, complex jobs in manufacturing

Many manufacturers across the United States are begging for skilled workers to fill positions, and manufacturers in northeastern Ohio are no exception. Enter MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network), an organization based in Cleveland that helps such regional businesses grow and compete. MAGNET is sponsoring a workforce program to interest area high school students in manufacturing careers and to get them paid internships on shop floors well before graduation. The program is called Early College Early Career. For details, we […]

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Webinar: Manufacturing internship takes urban students inside careers

By adapting the best of the European apprenticeship to Northeast Ohio, a new organization takes students inside manufacturing careers. February 28th, Dr. Terrence Robinson will detail the lessons of the program and how it could benefit your students. Battelle’s Heather Sherman will moderate and explain how the program connects with MakerMinded, a powerful tool for finding quality STEM experiences where students can earn points for their school. Webinar: How MAGNET’s Early College, Early Career program prepares students for success – Register […]

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Saturday, find STEM in the park in Northwest Ohio

Free hands-on fun and learning for all ages is the goal of STEM in the Park. The eighth annual event, featuring interactive displays and activities, musical performances and lunch, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 23 at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). To find out more, we contacted Susan Marie Stearns, assistant director of programming and development at the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, which organizes the event: […]

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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, search for STEM activities, and log points for […]

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Learn about STEM at Connect for Success

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The Connect for Success conference is just around the corner. Wednesday and Thursday, the conference will bring together hundreds of educators. And STEM will be there. The Ohio STEM Learning Network represents more than 40 STEM schools across the state. Through the network, schools gain access to trainings for teachers and administrators, events for students, and grant partnerships. Battelle, the science and technology non-profit which manages this network, sponsored a track for STEM. Thanks to that support, we’re bringing nineteen […]

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MakerMinded is coming to Ohio

Today, we’re proud to announce another step forward for STEM in Ohio. In August, the MakerMinded program will launch to show Ohio students the STEM side of modern manufacturing. In MakerMinded, students complete interactive lessons where they learn about STEM and manufacturing, earning points for their school. Our friends at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network launched the program there just last year. They’ve already attracted 100 schools and 1,000+ active users. One-hundred schools, we can beat that, right Ohio? If […]

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