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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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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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Distance learning in STEM schools: New report and teacher interview

Ohio schools, from pre-K to college, are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing students and teachers to adapt to online instruction. This method is new to many involved, and there was no time to prepare for the abrupt change, causing confusion and anxiety. Ohio’s community of educators is strong, with many teachers sharing their advice with each other. Today, we release a new report: “Distance learning days at Ohio’s STEM schools during the COVID-19 crisis: Perspectives and advice for educators.” […]

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OSLN STEM Excellence Awards open for nominations

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 2020 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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Essay contest: Deadline extended and read student’s winning essay

The deadline for the OSLN Student Essay contest has been extended to April 12, 11:59 p.m. STEM school students, we want to hear your answer to the prompt below! To share her story of perseverance, meet Erica Barnes, one of the first winners of the contest. Erica wrote to us as a junior at the NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. Students of Ohio STEM schools, learn more and submit your essays here. 2020 OSLN Essay Contest Prompt Tell […]

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2020 OSLN Student Essay Contest

It’s more important than ever to hear how Ohio’s STEM students collaborate, think critically, and persevere through difficulties. OSLN’s Student Essay Contest is back for a fourth year. We’ve been thrilled and challenged by thoughtful responses from hundreds of students over the years. Our first high school winner, Erica Barnes, taught us how middle and high schoolers can persevere through personal challenges in and out of school. Madelyn Zarembka wrote thoughtfully about her own community’s carbon footprint. Madrica Arnold investigated […]

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