LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM training

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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Guest post: Afterschool programs help children learn and grow, celebrate with Lights On Afterschool

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Guest post by Michele Ritchlin, Director of the Ohio Afterschool Network If you were to walk by a school in the afternoon as the bell rang, it might be natural to think that the learning day is done. School buses are filling up and pulling away. Students are walking toward home with their friends. For a brief moment their thoughts have turned away from the book they’re reading or the math homework they have. But we know that learning is […]

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DriveOhio Smart Mobility Ambassadors: Developing Ohio’s Emerging Transportation Workforce

Guest post submitted by Rich Granger and Kenya Gray of DriveOhio, our long running partner DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the state’s center for smart mobility on the ground and in the air – is preparing Ohio’s emerging workforce for the next generation of transportation careers. During the 2021-22 school year, DriveOhio is launching a new Smart Mobility Ambassador program for high school volunteers, in collaboration with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators […]

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Join the OSLN team

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Are you passionate about high quality STEM education for Ohio students? Do you have experience working in an Ohio STEM school or with STEM programs? Apply to join the team at Battelle managing the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Help advance STEM education for all Ohio students through targeted partnerships, programs, and learning opportunities. Battelle seeks to hire two STEM Relationship Managers for the Ohio STEM Learning Network team. Both roles are based in central Ohio but a majority of the […]

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2021 Excellence in STEM Leadership Winner: Meg Draeger

“All students can benefit from a STEM mindset, and I encourage all students to explore the value of a STEM education for all careers.” That’s how Meg Draeger, recent winner of the Excellence in STEM Leadership Award, views STEM coursework. Draeger is STEMM coordinator at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, where she oversees a variety of programs including STEM summer camps, a speaker series and student involvement in STEM-related service efforts. Her award, from Ohio STEM Learning Network, […]

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Implement industry credentials at your school with new LaunchPad series

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High school teachers and staff face a daunting task trying to navigate the complexities of industry credentials and career ready pathways. Just getting started generates more questions than clear answers. Questions like “which pathways should we offer?”, “how do we prepare students to succeed in each pathway?”, “which vendor should we use for the credentials” and “how do we get students to earn 12 points in a single pathway?” challenge any school trying to implement industry credential programs. The Ohio […]

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Science teachers: Apply by August 12 for Ohio Rural Educators Program

Agriculture is big business in Ohio. It is the number one industry in our state— contributing $124 billion annually to Ohio’s economy, and employing 1 in 8 Ohioans.  It is important for Ohio students to understand the vast number and variety of job opportunities in the agriculture industry as they consider their future careers. Likewise, it is important for teachers to understand this too, as teachers are influential in helping students make decisions about careers. The Ohio STEM Learning Network […]

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Deadline extended for STEM Excellence Awards + Our chat with school leader Dana Letts

We know it’s a busy time for Ohio educators. That’s why we’re giving you a few more weeks to recognize a phenomenal STEM educator in your building. Applications for our 2021 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards will be accepted through April 25! 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 STEM Excellence […]

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STEM externship program for teachers restarts, apply by April 23

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The Manufacturing and Engineering Externship Program (MEEP) is back! Educators should apply now to join a cohort experience running summer through fall of 2021. MEEP seeks to address the growing STEM skills gap in the manufacturing and engineering sectors by engaging Ohio teachers in paid summer externships with local companies in STEM industries. This program is funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research. Looking for the inside scoop on the program? Before joining the staff of the Tennessee […]

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Advice on STEM designation from McKinley STEMM Academy

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In May 2020, 10 more schools in the Buckeye State earned the STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. The designation recognizes a school as an effective place for STEM or STEAM learning. The Ohio STEM Learning Network and Ohio Department of Education collaborate to support the designation process. Among the schools earning the designation in May was the McKinley STEMM Academy, a K-8 elementary school in the Toledo Public Schools district. As with many schools seeking the designation, McKinley […]

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