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For educators: Virtual content meetings from ODE

The Ohio Department of Education has set up a series of virtual meetings for content area teachers. Through these meetings, you can connect with other teachers as we all work to support students learning remotely.  Sessions will focus on a broad range of topics and strategies and resources, depending on the content area. The full list of virtual meetings is below. We’re especially excited about two upcoming sessions: On Thursday, April 9th OTEEA will be sharing resources on Technology, Design […]

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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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Greater than STEM Essay Contest Winners

A few months ago, OSLN asked STEM students across Ohio to respond to our third annual essay contest.  Tell us about a problem in your life, community, or world. How did you learn about it? How are you using STEM skills to solve it?  After reading through dozens of submissions, we’d like to formally congratulate this year’s winners: Madelyn Zarembka and Madrica Arnold! Read their essays below to learn how they use STEM skills to solve community problems– and listen to our podcast, Greater Than STEM, to hear other students tell their own stories.  High School […]

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Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools

This network was founded on the conviction that quality STEM education changes the lives of students. But how does STEM stack up on measures like graduation, ACT score, and state tests? Today, we’re proud to release the data on more than 26,000 students across more than 50 Ohio schools. Last year, we published our first report that combined detailed surveys of Ohio’s STEM schools with data from the Ohio Department of Education. Today, we’re releasing a complete update with new stats […]

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Check out these upcoming fall STEM events

The school year is off to quite a bang! In addition to our upcoming convening on the Food Security Design Challenge, the calendar is full of STEM events. You can read about them all on OSLN.org/events but here are a few particularly noteworthy opportunities we wanted to highlight.   Date Name Venue Details Tuesday, September 25 National Girls Collaborative Project and TechGirlz National Webinar Webinar Link Wednesday, September 26 STEM PATHWAYS: SUCCESS SERIES Marysville Early College High School Link Saturday, September […]

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How this Fab Lab builds a movement, including a summit in June

Many STEM educators believe that Fab Labs are truly fabulous. The small-scale fabrication laboratories, which are finding their way into more schools, are usually equipped with computer-controlled tools that students can use to make products that solve problems. Fab Labs are part of the growing Maker education movement. To find out more about the movement and the upcoming Central Ohio FabLab Innovations NetworK-12 Summit, we contacted Thomie Timmons, Innovation Coordinator at Reynoldsburg City Schools in Central Ohio, a district that […]

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Students get their hands dirty at Cedar Point through new STEM event

Anywhere people have a bit of fun, we’ll probably make a bit of a mess. At amusement parks, the business is fun. That means a serious mess. The Success Bound Innovation Faire at Cedar Point celebrated students across Ohio solving real-world problems. Thanks to a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education, OSLN, Lorain County ESC, North Point ESC, and EHOVE, 283 students descended upon the park for a slew of real-world challenges. And of course, Cedar Point provided free […]

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School takes design challenge to new level proving “We’ve Got Heart”

Last fall, OSLN presented Ohio’s students with a statewide design challenge: Work as a team to fight heart disease and help your community become heart healthy. The Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge aimed to get students and their teachers thinking about, and acting to combat, heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Taking up that challenge, a handful of students at Kalida High School held an event in January — titled “We’ve Got Heart!” — […]

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NASA grants launch students into design thinking

Last August, NASA awarded $125,000 across nine organizations, challenging them to bring NASA educational content to students across Ohio. Khalila Thomas directed this project from the NASA Glenn Research Center. After a pilot year with a single school partner, Battelle helped to broaden their reach across Ohio. “I think it went really well,” Thomas said, “and with Battelle’s help, we were able to expand it to nine organizations.” Battelle managed an RFP process, leveraging its connections with schools across the […]

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Career tech education still strong after 100 years

Today’s career-technical education doesn’t look much like the shop class or home economics lessons of past generations. Such traditional “vocational” education — teaching the best way to hammer a nail or bake a pie — has mostly given way to students learning high-tech job skills and earning professional certifications that can translate directly into well-paying, in-demand career opportunities. Supporting this transition and the educators who lead it is the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information about […]

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