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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 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 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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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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Introducing the 2020 Ohio STEM Excellence Award winners

We proudly announce the four supporters of quality STEM education we recognize today as leaders in providing experiences that inspire and educate the next generation of Ohio innovators. Their contributions, including a major response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, set a clear model for all of us who wish to extend the opportunity of STEM to more students. 2020 Awards Highlight Ohio STEM Educators COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 4, 2020)–Today, the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) unveiled the four winners […]

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2020 Essay Contest High School Winner: Ana Veselinov

We’re proud to announce Ana Veselinov as the 2020 Ohio STEM Learning Network Essay Contest High School Winner. Ana’s essay details why and how she sought to build more recognition for  student athletes at her school. Her school doesn’t have a sports team. Instead, students continue to play for sports teams at other schools. Working with her classmates, Ana identified an opportunity to increase awareness and recognition for these fellow students. Keep reading to learn more about her solution to […]

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“Re-Design Labs” offered to help educators prepare for school this fall

It’s summer break, and school administrators and teachers are sighing with relief after working through several stress-filled months of pandemic-imposed distance learning. With the daily grind of virtual lessons behind them, educators can relax – but only briefly. Soon they must start planning for the 2020-2021 school year and how it might play out, given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Helping with that planning is the aim of the free Re-Start Re-Design Labs, presented by EnvisionEdPlus in partnership with the Ohio […]

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2020 designation of STEAM/STEAM schools

After careful deliberation, 10 more school have earned the mark of STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network partners with the Ohio Department of Education to recruit, support, and ultimately evaluate new schools for this accomplishment. This year’s set of designated schools showcase the full diversity of approaches to quality STEM education. Elementary and high schools, public schools and private ones, schools from many different corners of Ohio; all of these are represented […]

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Announcing the STEMthusiasts, weekly community of practice webinars

The Ohio STEM Learning Network, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, and our partners want to make sure that we nurture and feed STEM instructor needs for the continuation of design thinking, even in a remote environment. Join us in a community of practice forum where we look at best practices, share designs for engaged inquiry in a remote setting and augment your ability to promote creative problem solving during the COVID-19 school closures. Each week, we will bring you […]

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Library, community college, and budding STEM school share new building

The Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy is truly making an impact, especially for students in the region. Last year, the public school in Lowellville in Mahoning County was awarded the Ohio STEM School designation. This year, the school adds a new class space. While it’s currently housed in the Campbell City district’s K-7 building, now students will also learn in a newly remodeled Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center, slated to open this spring. The $14 million center is a collaboration […]

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