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Webinars on electric vehicle charging support #STEMpowersOhio challenge

This year’s #STEMpowersOhio challenge question is a big one: “Reimagine energy production/consumption to improve your community.” Through the challenge, students can explore a wide range of energy related sub-topics. We’re offering a special webinar on Electric Vehicle Charging on both November 19 and November 30. We encourage teachers and afterschool leaders facilitating the design challenge to modify the design challenge question into something with a narrower focus, as long as the modified question ties back to energy.  Perhaps you want […]

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Support learning with nationwide #LightsOnAfterschool celebration tomorrow

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We’re proud to join the Ohio Afterschool Network and communities all across the country to celebrate the 21st annual #LightsOnAfterschool! Over 1 million afterschool champions are showcasing all the ways afterschool and summer learning programs are serving our communities. The national Afterschool Alliance hosts this event each year to shine a spotlight on the importance of afterschool for children, their parents and communities. There is unmet demand for afterschool programs. A national report by the Afterschool Alliance from March 2020 shows that more than 19 million kids nationwide are waiting to […]

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PAST Foundation to lead Central Ohio OSLN Hub

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For 20 years, the Columbus-based PAST Foundation has been working to improve education and “link learning to life.” The PAST Foundation (Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology) offers educational programs for students and teachers and evaluates others’ programs to measure their impacts and outcomes. In a new endeavor, the foundation has been chosen to lead the Central Ohio Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network. A STEM innovator at the foundation – and its “Queen of Queries” – Mary Schneider […]

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Esports growing in Ohio, panel discussion coming soon

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Thanks to the educational non-profit Esports Ohio, competitive esports – or sports competition using video games – have flourished in the state on the high school level. Since 2018, team esport contests have grown to include more than 2,600 student competitors from more than 130 Ohio school districts. To harness that student interest in esports on the scholastic side, Esports Ohio has partnered with the PAST Foundation and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation to create the Ohio Scholastic Esports […]

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Fall network updates

The Ohio STEM Learning looks forward to supporting Ohio educators, students, and communities again this school year. Though school may look different, we will continue to grow STEM culture statewide. Battelle’s investment in STEM education is making a difference nationally and in Ohio. Through our STEM networks and philanthropy, Battelle reached over 325,000 students last year. The Ohio STEM Learning Network is strong – with 79 designated STEM/STEAM schools, better than ever collaboration and alignment with the Ohio Department of […]

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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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