LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

151 classrooms awarded OSLN grants

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Please join us in celebrating the 151 educators who will receive up to $5,000 to create new STEM learning projects in their classrooms. We saw an incredible diversity of applications with schools from rural, urban, and suburban communities represented. Read on for the complete list of awarded schools and the press release from Battelle. To hear more about opportunities like this to expand STEM education, subscribe for emails from the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Battelle Funds More than 100 Ohio […]

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Top posts of 2021

As we end the year, we’re taking a look back at our top posts from 2021. These are the announcements from us you found most valuable. For each one, we’ve included a brief note covering what you can expect to hear about these initiatives in 2022. Have other questions about next year? Post a comment and we’ll do our best to answer. Top posts OSLN STEM Classroom Grant Program This year we launched our first flagship grant opportunity just for […]

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Key changes to STEM & STEAM school designation under updated Ohio law

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Every year, OSLN partners with the Ohio Department of Education and the state STEM Committee to facilitate the STEM and STEAM school designation process. In July 2021, the law governing STEM designation (Ohio Revised Code 3326), was updated. That legislative update changed key parts of the STEM designation process. Read on to find out what might be different for your school and the designation timeline this year. Our first deadline is close: Notice of intent to apply is due December […]

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Artist + student collaboration at McKinley STEMM Academy to be displayed in downtown Toledo

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“As an administrator, it is important to allow teachers to take risks” says Christina Ramsey, principal at McKinley STEMM Academy. Not all risks pan out. But when a project comes together: “that is truly where the magic happens,” she says.  Students at the academy, part of Toledo Public Schools, recently benefited from collaborations with two out-of-state professional artists who visited the academy and conducted workshops with students. To find out more about the collaborations and the artwork that was produced, […]

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2021 STEM/STEAM school designation deadlines and guiding webinars

The Ohio STEM Learning Network invites school administrators and staff to participate in a three-part webinar series to gain a deeper understanding of the pillars of STEM and how these strategies support all students, in all schools, and to help schools seeking STEM or STEAM designation. Attend our web series to learn more about STEM and STEAM designation. These webinars will guide leaders to understand how STEM education transcends content areas, resulting in a shift in the way students engage in […]

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Transition news

Hi all! I have some big news to share — today marks the end of my tenure as the Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network – and the beginning of a new chapter both for OSLN and for me personally. I’m not going very far – I’ll still be here at Battelle, leading our national network, STEMx. I plan to take all that I have learned from my experience in Ohio to strengthen and grow our national STEM efforts. […]

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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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