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Design challenge portal launched, plus materials from our kickoff

To kick off the 2020 #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge, we hosted a launch event at the COSI Science Center. Teachers learned about Smart Mobility and how to implement a design challenge at their school. As a resource, this post summarizes the day and provides links to bring those ideas into your classrooms. We’re also proud to announce the launch of designchallenge.osln.org. The site will serve as your one-stop shop for understanding how to participate in the #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge, resources on […]

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PAST Foundation’s new design challenge workshops and history

One might think that an enterprise called the PAST Foundation would be focused on, well, the past. But that’s not the case with this Columbus-based non-profit education organization. The PAST Foundation wants to transform the future of teaching and learning through its emphasis on STEM education, school design and workforce development. Through its programs, which include its Innovation Lab; professional development training for school administrators and teachers; and student activities, to name a few, the foundation works to change education […]

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Sessions offered to prepare schools for STEM or STEAM designation

What does it takes to be a STEM or STEAM school, as designated by the State of Ohio? Designation requires more than adding a robotics club, going 1:1 with technology, or offering more science and math courses. The Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education will be hosting four regional meetings this fall to assist schools interested in applying for STE(A)M designation. Join us to learn about the attributes of a STE(A)M designated school, from creating a […]

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Reminder: Register for the #STEMdrivesOhio Kickoff

Last year’s design challenge kickoff filled up fast, so don’t miss your chance to register! Join us on October 3, 2019 for a full day of professional development at COSI. The #STEMdrivesOhio Kickoff will be a free, fun opportunity for K-12 teachers  to learn about Smart Mobility and get some tips on leading a design challenge with your students. You will have the opportunity to visit the Smart Columbus Experience Center, participate in a mini-design challenge, meet experts in both […]

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The Battelle Center at Ohio State prepares students for the intersection of STEM and public policy

Preparing today’s students to join tomorrow’s high-tech workforce is the aim of STEM educators. But some teachers might not realize that they should go beyond presenting the “book smarts” of science, technology, engineering and math in their classroom. The successful STEM employees of the future also might need “workplace smarts” such as collaboration, communication and networking skills. That’s where the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy at Ohio State University comes in. The Battelle Center, on OSU’s Columbus […]

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Catch up on the 2019 CSU STEM conference

Just over a week ago, we joined joined the Cleveland State University STEM Education Conference as a co-sponsor. It was a great day, with more than 200 educators gathered to learn at more than 30 sessions. The hashtag (#clestem2019) was just as busy as the conference, so we’ve pulled together this quick post featuring all of our favorites. Don’t miss the appearance of Cleveland’s favorite STEM-supporting meteorologist: Betsy Kling! Lets get this party started! #cleSTEM2019 pic.twitter.com/tNcP1ixGNb — Heather Sherman (@Hbelle88) […]

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FabLab experience becomes a career for Cleveland STEM student

Editor’s note: Today’s interviewee, Andrea Fields will be speaking at the 2019 STEM Education Conference in June at Cleveland State University, presented in partnership with the Ohio STEM Learning Network. Registration is $30 and closes May 15. Register here. To learn more about the conference, read our interview with organizer Dr. Kate O’Hara. When she first heard about the new MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Andrea Fields wasn’t impressed. Even though she liked to “tinker” with things, she didn’t […]

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Dr. Kate O’Hara on the CSU STEM conference this summer, presented with OSLN

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This June 12th and 13th, we’ll join with Cleveland State University for Cleveland State University STEM Education Conference. To get the inside scoop on plans for the conference, we reached out to Dr. Kate O’Hara, one of the lead organizers. Dr. O’Hara is an assistant professor of research for STEM Education in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. She teaches Project Based Learning for the CSUTeach program which licenses secondary math and science majors.   As […]

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Institute helps principal build STEM culture, 2019 cohort deadline extended

Many STEM school administrators might want a fresh approach to leading their school but aren’t sure where to turn. It’s difficult to find a fellow leaders to talk with and share ideas. That’s where the Innovative Leaders Institute comes in. The institute is a specialized training program where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. The application deadline has just been extended through March 25 for the 2019 Ohio cohort of the Innovative Leaders Institute. (Learn more […]

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Ask a teacher: How are you closing the gap in Computer Science?

“It was actually quite unusual to see such a high percentage of why (students) don’t go into technology: intimidation…this is a way to break that.” – Patrick Cummins, Bexley High School Code.org, in partnership with Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, is changing the face of computer science. Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the Code.org Professional Learning Program offers year-round support to begin teaching these courses. Patrick Cummins has […]

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