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Congratulations to the winners of our first essay contest

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Nearly two months ago, we announced our first essay contest. After reading 49,531 words from 98 essays across 10 schools, we have our winners. As STEM advocates, we tend to focus our message on adults. We aim to serve students across Ohio, typically by connecting educators and providing teachers with resources. While our work focuses on students, we don’t talk to them, or listen, as much as we could. Over the past weeks, we listened. We heard how real students […]

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Mentoring middle schoolers in STEM wins student national 4-H award

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Ava Lonneman had an idea: Have fellow high school students in her 4-H club teach STEM concepts to middle schoolers. That way, the older kids can practice their speaking and presentation skills, and the younger ones can learn Newton’s Laws. The idea worked, and it helped Ava, 17, earn a 2017 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award. We asked the Bio-Med Science Academy student to tell us about herself, her interest in STEM, and the project that won the national award: […]

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Aimee Kennedy: Summit stands out

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by Dr. Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle I’ve visited a lot of schools in my career, but Summit Public Schools still stands out. Four years ago I first learned about the school. Sitting in a large conference room, I heard CEO Diane Tavenner, talking about how her schools implement an innovation model that is grounded in the lean start up methodology.  I remember thinking that my own school, and so many of our […]

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MakerMinded is coming to Ohio

Today, we’re proud to announce another step forward for STEM in Ohio. In August, the MakerMinded program will launch to show Ohio students the STEM side of modern manufacturing. In MakerMinded, students complete interactive lessons where they learn about STEM and manufacturing, earning points for their school. Our friends at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network launched the program there just last year. They’ve already attracted 100 schools and 1,000+ active users. One-hundred schools, we can beat that, right Ohio? If […]

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Record-breaking year for Ohio STEM school designation

“This is a day of celebration.” David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks. Today, the Ohio STEM Committee met to review applications for state designation as an Ohio STEM school. This panel of policymakers, agency directors, and business leaders considered 30 applications from schools. Designation recognizes a school’s design as an effective place for STEM learning and invites the school into our network. Thirty applications marks more than triple the number last year and a record for Ohio. This […]

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Announcing our first essay contest

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Believe it or not, the end of the school year is already on the horizon. Before then, we’re opening up an opportunity to hear from the students of the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Students, we want to hear your perspective: How do you see STEM at work in your life as a student? To do that, we’re trying out something new. This year, for the first time, we’re piloting an essay contest for students at any of Ohio’s 30+ STEM schools. Read […]

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High school senior is student, volunteer, and GE engineer

High school student Mark Goeser is like many of his peers, juggling classes, activities and a social life. But the senior at MC2 STEM High School, part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is also picking up real-world, on-the-job experience during a school-required internship. Mark is interning at Current, powered by GE, at Nela Park in East Cleveland. Current, says a company spokeswoman, applies advanced lighting and solar technologies to help customers save money and predict costs. What has clicked […]

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Governor presents innovation awards to STEM schools and others

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Congratulations to each of the seven schools identified by Governor Kasich for the Governor’s School Innovation Awards. In conversations with the school leaders and students, Governor Kasich highlighted the ways each school helped students by tapping into their passions, building resilience, and preparing them for the workplace. A special shout call-out to the three members of the Ohio STEM Learning who were part of the group acclaimed for creative approaches to education. See below for a peek into the unique […]

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Cross-Curricular Design Challenge: Stopping Opioid Abuse in Ohio

This is a cross-post of a piece originally published by Dayton Regional STEM School. Want to share what your school is doing? Show us by tweeting @OSLN or email a description. By Chloe Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of The STEM Inquirer Students in economics, government, and anatomy/physiology are preparing for a major project. This project was inspired by the Ohio STEM Learning Network, who created a challenge for STEM schools across the state to make initiatives to combat the opioid abuse problem in […]

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Ask a teacher: What are Code.org trainings really like?

Can a language arts teacher lead a computer science class? That’s a definite “yes,” says Renee Coley. Last fall, the veteran language arts teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School (HAMS) in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, participated in a weekend of computer science training through Code.org and, in January, started teaching a pilot CS course to students at her school. She says that ongoing sharing with other CS teachers and extensive lesson plans from Code.org are helping her along the way. To expand […]

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