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#STEMpowersOhio challenge question, professional development, and other resources now available

For this year’s design challenge, we’re partnering with Ohio Energy Project, the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, Young Entrepreneur Institute, and the Ohio Afterschool Network to explore the topic of Energy. The #STEMpowersOhio Design and Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to “reimagine energy production and/or consumption to improve your community?” We’ve modified this year’s challenge to account for a variety of education options – hybrid, in person or fully remote.  We know this year is different from most – […]

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2020 STEM Advocate: Chris Anderson, host of Science Around Cincy

Do STEM scientists, technology whizzes, engineers and mathematicians really work in ivory towers? Kids might think so. And that misconception could lead students to shun STEM-based career paths as boring and isolating. So how can educators dispel that notion and show that scientists work with other enthusiastic professionals, making breakthroughs in exciting, world-changing fields, with no ivory tower in sight? Have the kids watch Science Around Cincy, a video series exploring the work of people involved in science in the […]

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2020 STEM Teaching Award Winner: Librarian/makerspace creator Rebecca Hartline

Until recently, library time at Belpre Elementary School wasn’t a hit with students. Reading, or being read to, and working on keyboard skills didn’t inspire great interest. Some students even tried to avoid this “special.” So Rebecca “Becci” Hartline, library media specialist at this southeastern Ohio school, rethought the whole approach. After doing research, and with the input of fellow educators and community members, she created a makerspace inside the library, offering a variety of STEM-based learning opportunities that actively […]

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Introducing the 2020 Ohio STEM Excellence Award winners

We proudly announce the four supporters of quality STEM education we recognize today as leaders in providing experiences that inspire and educate the next generation of Ohio innovators. Their contributions, including a major response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, set a clear model for all of us who wish to extend the opportunity of STEM to more students. 2020 Awards Highlight Ohio STEM Educators COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 4, 2020)–Today, the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) unveiled the four winners […]

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2020 Essay Contest High School Winner: Ana Veselinov

We’re proud to announce Ana Veselinov as the 2020 Ohio STEM Learning Network Essay Contest High School Winner. Ana’s essay details why and how she sought to build more recognition for  student athletes at her school. Her school doesn’t have a sports team. Instead, students continue to play for sports teams at other schools. Working with her classmates, Ana identified an opportunity to increase awareness and recognition for these fellow students. Keep reading to learn more about her solution to […]

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2020 Essay Contest Middle School Winner: Reina Ushiroda

We’re proud to announce Reina Ushiroda as the 2020 Ohio STEM Learning Network Essay Contest Middle School Winner. Reina’s essay builds on an idea she’s been thinking about for over a year. The name for her idea, “Bon Appetreat,” came first. Since then, she been considering what solution would best fit her goals and skills. Keep reading to learn more about her solution to solve a problem in her life and community. Reina is currently a sixth grader at Bio-Med […]

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STEM job interview: Battelle medical device engineer Doug Boyd

Even during COVID-19 pandemic, the economy continues on. As many schools host virtual graduations, parents and graduates are thinking forward to future careers. Health-related jobs were growing before the crisis and are even more in demand now. Not all are in hospital settings. One such position is held by Douglas Boyd, Vice President, Medical Device Solutions, for Battelle. He shares details about his work in this critical, STEM-related field along with advice for students – and their teachers – on […]

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Essay contest: Deadline extended and read student’s winning essay

The deadline for the OSLN Student Essay contest has been extended to April 12, 11:59 p.m. STEM school students, we want to hear your answer to the prompt below! To share her story of perseverance, meet Erica Barnes, one of the first winners of the contest. Erica wrote to us as a junior at the NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. Students of Ohio STEM schools, learn more and submit your essays here. 2020 OSLN Essay Contest Prompt Tell […]

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Parent’s Guide to STEM released

Today, the STEMx network released a new resource for parents as many families adjust to life at home. STEMx is a national coalition of state STEM organizations, also managed by Battelle. The STEMx Parent’s Guide to STEM offers more than 30 pages of research and interviews examining how to understand STEM education. This guide adapts the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative‘s Companion Book for Parents for a national audience. Members of the STEMx network and the national labs managed by Battelle […]

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School closure resources for parents

Parents, teachers, and kids are adjusting to life at home and learning online. Battelle’s education team, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, has pulled together a list of some of our favorite education resources. Many of these feature special promotions created to help out during the COVID-19 crisis. Know a great resource? Submit it in the comments below with a link and a one to two sentence description. Throughout the next month, each new Ohio STEM Learning Network post […]

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