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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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Student inventors offer advice after building “Desk Express”

Last school year, two central Ohio boys came up with an idea to help disabled students get around school more easily. They called their invention the Desk Express, and their idea – fashioned into a small-scale prototype – has garnered awards from their school and in a statewide competition. The boys, Jack Monahan and Zach Rogers, are both seventh-graders at Heritage Middle School in the Westerville City School District. They recently traveled to Dearborn, Michigan for the National Invention Convention & […]

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International experience sets STEM education path for graduate – Project Dragonfly part 2

With the gray days and cold temperatures in Ohio, it might be exciting to conjure an adventure in a warmer locale. Even better if this adventure comes with graduate school credit. Last week, we brought you a conversation with Leah Crowe, an instructor for Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. This week, Project Dragonfly grad Danielle LaChance gives us her perspective on what she took away from the program. Project Dragonfly will accept applications in the fall for its 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that […]

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Project Dragonfly combines global visits with online classes for graduate school credit

With the gray days and cold temperatures in Ohio, it might be exciting to conjure an adventure in a warmer locale. Even better if this adventure comes with graduate school credit. Sounds like Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, which will accept applications in the fall for its 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer experiences in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program, a master’s degree that combines such summer field courses […]

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