LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

Thank you, Superintendent DeMaria!

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OSLN shares our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, who will retire from the Ohio Department of Education on September 24, 2021. Throughout his five-year tenure, Superintendent DeMaria was a strong supporter of STEM education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. He served on the Ohio STEM Committee throughout this time, attending every meeting. There he drove critical conversations about the future of STEM and recognizing excellence in designated STEM/STEAM schools. Over the course […]

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Three new schools receive STEM designation

Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network partners with the Ohio Department of Education to recruit, support, and ultimately evaluate new schools for STEM designation. Receiving designation shows a school has implemented best practices in STEM and STEAM education. In spite of all of the challenges posed by this unprecedented year, three schools worked for and earned STEM/STEAM designation today from the Ohio STEM Committee. Today’s newly designated STEM schools are: Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School Marshall STEMM Academy […]

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New report – COVID Learning Innovations: What will you keep?

One of the key functions of the Ohio STEM Learning Network is to collect and share what’s working in STEM education. That includes how educators of all kinds respond to new challenges, including the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early during the school closures, we issued a special report to help schools make successful shifts to online learning. Every school made changes to react to the pandemic. From online learning to altered cafeteria schedules, educators rethought every piece of the […]

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Call for ideas: Innovations from COVID-19 that will “stick”

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One of key functions of the Ohio STEM Learning Network is to collect and share what’s working in STEM education. That includes how educators of all kinds respond to new challenges, including the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early during the school closures, we issued a special report to help schools make successful shifts to online learning. Now, we’re asking educators of all kinds: What’s something you changed about your approach during the pandemic that you’ll keep doing? Ohio STEM […]

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Akron student creates social media filter to promote engaged learning

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Keeping students engaged in remote learning is one of the biggest challenges that educators and parents face during the pandemic. To tackle this problem, the Cleveland Browns Foundation, the Ohio Department of Education and Harvard University’s Proving Ground have created the Stay in the Game! Network. The network aims to promote students’ success by emphasizing the need for their daily school attendance, either in-person or virtual, and their fully engaged participation. In the 2020-2021 school year, the Stay in the […]

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Key dates for schools to earn STEM/STEAM designation in 2021

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network exists to improve access to and quality of STEM education across Ohio, inspiring students and laying the founding for a growing state economy. We expand STEM education of through professional development and networking for educators, student opportunities like the #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge, our regional STEM hubs, and our collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education to support the designation of STEM/STEAM schools. Pursuing STEM/STEAM designation is a way for schools to communicate their […]

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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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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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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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