LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

Join innovative leaders and grow your school

The Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is now accepting applications for a new cohort of Ohio educators. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. ILI launched in 2012. To date, the program has trained more than 200 educators in Ohio and Tennessee. Many alumni of the program have been featured on this blog as leading STEM administrators including: Josh Jennings, Founding Director of Global Impact STEM Academy and […]

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2018 posts and new opportunities to connect

To start of new year, we’re taking a look at some of our most read posts from 2018. Here’s quick rundown of a few highlighted opportunities to connect and participate in the network from last year. First up, you asked and we listened. The number one piece of feedback we received after our 2017 Ohio Design Challenge was simple: Announce the topic sooner. That’s what we did in August with “Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic” and […]

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New federal STEM plan released, read our first thoughts

Note from Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network: When I first talked with many of you at our meeting in July, I explained my intention that our network would start to expand its understanding and influence over education policy. Today, there’s big news on that topic. The White House has unveiled a new report that will guide investments by federal agencies and seeks to influence the national conversation on STEM education. Including Ohio. We’ll continue reading through […]

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Calling all future STEM schools, Ohio designation application is live

The  2020 STEM school designation application is now available. STEM designation demonstrates your school’s commitment to a culture of innovation. As a whole, Ohio’s network of more than 50 STEM schools serve more low income and minority students than Ohio’s average school. That diverse student body excels in class, graduating at higher rates than their peers, and they do more. Students at these school also complete internships, college courses, and problem-based learning experiences. If that sounds like your school, it’s time […]

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Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

Polymers — large molecules ranging from plastics and rubber to protein and DNA — have become commonplace, especially in Ohio’s industries. Our state is home to the largest polymer industry cluster in America and is recognized as a leader worldwide, according to PolymerOhio, an industry organization. And, Ohio is the No. 1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with 76 of the state’s 88 counties having at least one polymer company. That means 1,150 […]

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STEM school turns Manufacturing Day into week of learning

At Graham Middle School in western Ohio, building opportunities for students is Job No. 1. That’s why the school curriculum emphasizes preparing students for manufacturing careers. And, the fact that the school is in rural Champaign County isn’t lost on administrators and staff: They are using land around the building to incorporate agricultural education into classwork, too. To find out more about the myriad goings-on at Graham, including the recent Manufacturing Day activities, we contacted Principal Chad Lensman: Q: Why […]

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Resources and more for the 2019 Food Security Design Challenge

Just two weeks ago, we hosted a full day of programming on the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge with our design challenge partners, Ohio Soybean Farmers and Ohio Corn and Wheat. We had a great group and learned about many resources students can use toward this year’s challenge: Work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. As a reminder, the design challenge process moves through steps. First, you define the problem. Just […]

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Dayton Regional STEM School breaks ground on a new decade

Twenty years ago, a Value City furniture store stood in the place of the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS). Ten years ago, after an extensive renovation, the inaugural class made Dayton’s first STEM school a reality. Last week, DRSS broke ground on another renovation – a 30,000 square foot expansion. The space will house five classrooms, a science lab, an innovation lab, assembly hall, and breakout space. With the extra room, DRSS will add 130 more students by 2025. “Not […]

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Tour a STEM school this fall

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Each fall, we ask our STEM school to open their doors and invite interested educators to visit and their about their diverse models. Below, we’ve gathered thirteen different dates over twelve different STEM school sites. This year’s tours include the PAST Innovation Lab, a STEM education provider that also hosts students from Metro Early College High School and Middle School during the day. We encourage each school to organize these tours in the way that best suits them. That includes […]

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Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools

This network was founded on the conviction that quality STEM education changes the lives of students. But how does STEM stack up on measures like graduation, ACT score, and state tests? Today, we’re proud to release the data on more than 26,000 students across more than 50 Ohio schools. Last year, we published our first report that combined detailed surveys of Ohio’s STEM schools with data from the Ohio Department of Education. Today, we’re releasing a complete update with new stats […]

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