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Students learn as drone pilots, quail farmers and more

“A school full of animals and plants; that doesn’t sound normal. But once you come here, and experience it, you realize how amazing it is.”                 – Teague Tafelski The Toledo Natural Science Technology Center is anything but normal. Since 1975, it has been a part of Toledo Public Schools career tech program, offering students a hands-on education in environmental and natural science. Their problem and inquiry based approaches toward Animal Science, Landscape and Turf, and Urban Agriculture attract students […]

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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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Students transform lunchroom to arcade with math

“Are we going to be able to finish our project today?” At Baldwin Road Junior High, STEM shines in The Foundry, a dedicated makerspace led by Sandra Guinto. At 9:30AM, she and 16 eighth graders were excited to finish up their group projects. From the first day of school, Art of Math is directed by student interests. “I try to find projects that they want to do,” Guinto said, so she gave the reins over to students from the outset. […]

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Help your student become a #FutureCoder

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code has challenged schools across the country to introduce their students to the world of coding. Here at the Ohio STEM Learning Network, we encourage schools and students across Ohio to participate in the Hour of Code Challenge. Coding provides students with foundational STEM skills, including problem solving and critical thinking, while preparing them to lead our increasingly digitized workforce. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the basics […]

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Reynoldsburg students take on local pollution and Great Lakes erosion

Heidi Leeds, assistant principal of Summit STEM Elementary, has been reflecting on how they approach STEM with their elementary students. This year, she and principal Melissa Drury went back to the drawing board. “Just like everyone, sometimes you get project-y,” Leeds explained, “so we wanted to make sure that we were truly problem based, and that we were looking at students’ relevant, real world problems that they’re seeing in their community.” All around the school, students are encouraged to connect […]

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Statewide Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge

Last year, more than 1,200 students across the State of Ohio worked in teams to develop solutions to the opioid crisis. In May 100 students gathered at Battelle for the Student Solutions Showcase, presenting their solutions to scientists, engineers, and state political leaders (see below). This year, we would like to present another challenge, Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge to be showcased week of May 14th at Battelle. (Read about last year’s showcase) When choosing a statewide design challenge, we […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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New environmental center opens to serve Central Ohio on campus of KIPP Columbus

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” Henry David Thoreau When KIPP Columbus opened its new campus in 2014, one of the key assets to the school’s new home was space to grow. Then, the school was facing a waitlist of 500+ students and needed space-for a new, planned high school building. But one classroom needed no cranes or concrete. A diverse, vibrant green space spreads out over the 124-acre property combining forests, wetlands, and […]

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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 oh.makerminded.com, search for STEM activities, and log points for […]

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Proposals awarded for embedding NASA resources

We’ve got two pieces of “out of this world” news today. Many of you will be using the eclipse as a powerful teaching opportunity and we’re proud to announce the awardees for our partnership with NASA Glenn. The eclipse Ohio won’t see the “totality” during the solar eclipse this afternoon, but it will still be an amazing sight. The Tennessee STEM Innovation has a detailed guide, if you need any last minute-tips on creating a safe, effective learning experience today. […]

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