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#STEMpowersOhio challenge question, professional development, and other resources now available

For this year’s design challenge, we’re partnering with Ohio Energy Project, the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, Young Entrepreneur Institute, and the Ohio Afterschool Network to explore the topic of Energy. The #STEMpowersOhio Design and Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to “reimagine energy production and/or consumption to improve your community?” We’ve modified this year’s challenge to account for a variety of education options – hybrid, in person or fully remote.  We know this year is different from most – […]

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2020 STEM Advocate: Chris Anderson, host of Science Around Cincy

Do STEM scientists, technology whizzes, engineers and mathematicians really work in ivory towers? Kids might think so. And that misconception could lead students to shun STEM-based career paths as boring and isolating. So how can educators dispel that notion and show that scientists work with other enthusiastic professionals, making breakthroughs in exciting, world-changing fields, with no ivory tower in sight? Have the kids watch Science Around Cincy, a video series exploring the work of people involved in science in the […]

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2020 STEM Teaching Award Winner: Librarian/makerspace creator Rebecca Hartline

Until recently, library time at Belpre Elementary School wasn’t a hit with students. Reading, or being read to, and working on keyboard skills didn’t inspire great interest. Some students even tried to avoid this “special.” So Rebecca “Becci” Hartline, library media specialist at this southeastern Ohio school, rethought the whole approach. After doing research, and with the input of fellow educators and community members, she created a makerspace inside the library, offering a variety of STEM-based learning opportunities that actively […]

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Devices, hotspots, and “connectors” deployed to Akron families

During this time of academic uncertainty, students and families are faced with a diversity of daily challenges. Their new normal consists of remote learning opportunities with limited interactions to teachers and peers that help guide students’ educational success. This isolation can have negative repercussions on students’ growth and wellbeing, but many schools are trying to change that. Akron Public Schools created a range of supports for families. Amanda Morgan, Instructional Leader for National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, […]

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Dual interview: Applying and winning the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant

Through April 1, eligible Ohio farmers can nominate their local public school district to apply for $15,000 STEM grants through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. Once nominated, school districts can submit applications to compete for the grants to help pay for projects that enhance their STEM curriculum. Since the grant is more involved than just submitting an application, this post is a double feature. Jeanne Gogolski is one of the state’s top experts […]

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Battelle NEON STEM Grant offers educators a chance to work with national environmental data

NEON fish sampling

In 2016, Battelle began operating the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) under an agreement with the National Science Foundation. NEON provides open, standardized ecological data from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Now, to challenge educators to use NEON data in their K-12 STEM programming, Battelle has announced the Battelle NEON STEM Grant. Educators can submit grant proposals for lessons that would use NEON data for topics ranging from climate change to animal population movements and much more. Final grant proposals are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, with awards announced in December. Technical assistance webinars […]

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Esports coming to Ohio schools

Have you heard about esports? If not, you might soon. Esports is competitive videograming, and it’s a wildly popular global phenomenon with a growing professional level. Among U.S. colleges and universities, many are forming teams, hiring coaches and granting scholarships to the best players, just as they do for athletes in traditional sports. Ohio State University is developing an interdisciplinary curriculum spanning five colleges to focus on video-game studies and esports. The curriculum will include undergraduate and graduate degrees; an […]

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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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Ohio’s ‘Justice League of Afterschool’ promotes STEM identity

Editor’s note The Ohio Afterschool Network will be sharing after-school STEM activities at the Technology and Engineering Showcase at the Ohio State Fair on August 2, 2019. Come to the Fair and learn! Once the afternoon school bell rings, and the day’s formal teaching ends, how can educators keep students thinking about their lessons after school? That age-old question is often answered with one word: homework. While having students read, write and solve problems on their own has its place, […]

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