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Deadline extended for STEM Excellence Awards + Our chat with school leader Dana Letts

We know it’s a busy time for Ohio educators. That’s why we’re giving you a few more weeks to recognize a phenomenal STEM educator in your building. Applications for our 2021 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards will be accepted through April 25! The STEM Excellence Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district administrator, and an outstanding advocate for STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The STEM Excellence […]

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Recognize impactful educators with the 2021 Ohio STEM Excellence Awards

Do you have a phenomenal STEM educator in your building? Is there an outstanding leader in your school or district that encourages innovation? Is your colleague leading the charge in advocating for STEM? Applications for our 2021 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards are now open! The STEM Excellence Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district administrator, and an outstanding advocate for STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The […]

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Advice on STEM designation from McKinley STEMM Academy

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In May 2020, 10 more schools in the Buckeye State earned the STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. The designation recognizes a school as an effective place for STEM or STEAM learning. The Ohio STEM Learning Network and Ohio Department of Education collaborate to support the designation process. Among the schools earning the designation in May was the McKinley STEMM Academy, a K-8 elementary school in the Toledo Public Schools district. As with many schools seeking the designation, McKinley […]

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Leadership of Dayton Hub expands

The Ohio STEM Learning Network recently announced the addition of two educators to help lead the network’s Dayton Hub. Jenn Reid and Stephanie Adams Taylor, both on staff at the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering, will join Dr. Brian Boyd, associate professor of mathematics education at Wright State University, in directing the hub’s programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach. To gain a bit of insight into their educational backgrounds, current jobs and plans for the hub, we contacted Reid […]

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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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2020 STEM Innovator: Carla Chapman, Akron Public Schools

When the coronavirus pandemic prompted Ohio schools to close in March, district administrators, teachers, students and their families scrambled to quickly adapt to online learning. In northeastern Ohio, Akron Public Schools, the state’s fifth-largest district, gave its families much needed extra help. Under the leadership of Carla L. Chapman, District Director  of Community Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a team created the Connectors program. Through the program, 254 trained, non-instructional staff members called Akron students to determine their needs, logging […]

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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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New Code.org virtual training opportunities

Computer Science opens doors. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to healthcare. Through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Battelle’s presenting the workshops educators need to get started with computer science education. Battelle is Code.org’s Regional Partner for Ohio. We understand school is a little different this year. That’s why we’ve re-organized our trainings to fit into your schedule, no matter how you’re teaching students this fall. Below, find all the information on the workshops, dates, and […]

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New webinar series on STEM with the Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network invite school administrators and staff to participate in a four-part webinar series to gain a deeper understanding of the pillars of STEM and how these strategies support all students, in all schools. These webinars will guide leaders to understand how STEM education transcends content areas, resulting in a shift in the way students engage in learning from kindergarten to graduation. To help us prepare for these webinars, please RSVP […]

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2020 STEM Leadership Award Winner: Dana Letts of Chillicothe

As STEM specialist for the Chillicothe City School District, Dana Letts is truly a jack-of-all-trades. In her job, Letts does a bit of everything, from creating STEM-related school programs, establishing community partnerships and writing STEM curriculum, to supporting principals, designing and leading staff professional development, pursuing funding and presenting sessions about STEM to local groups and businesses. “Mrs. Letts has been known to arrive at school in a suit jacket to lead an early morning meeting and close out the […]

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