LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Summer STEM

2021 Ohio STEM Innovator: Meghan Federer of The Works

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  The myriad challenges posed by the relentless COVID-19 pandemic have forced many STEM educators to innovate. They’ve devised countless original ways to teach their students, both virtually via computer and in-person while wearing masks and keeping socially distanced. And school faculty members aren’t the only educators affected. Museum staff members have had to be creative to safely serve the public. A case in point: The Works, Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, in Newark. While the facility was […]

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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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Support learning with nationwide #LightsOnAfterschool celebration tomorrow

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We’re proud to join the Ohio Afterschool Network and communities all across the country to celebrate the 21st annual #LightsOnAfterschool! Over 1 million afterschool champions are showcasing all the ways afterschool and summer learning programs are serving our communities. The national Afterschool Alliance hosts this event each year to shine a spotlight on the importance of afterschool for children, their parents and communities. There is unmet demand for afterschool programs. A national report by the Afterschool Alliance from March 2020 shows that more than 19 million kids nationwide are waiting to […]

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Kinder Garden School demonstrates STEM excellence during uncertain times

Amid the turmoil, disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic thrust upon education in the Buckeye State, one southwestern Ohio school for young learners still had much to celebrate this spring. In May, on its third try, the Kinder Garden School received the state’s STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. In addition, Kinder Garden School students celebrated successfully tackling the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge on smart mobility, coming up with creative and practical ways to make […]

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Learn how to implement online project based learning through attending this interactive institute, July 29-31

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Learn how to implement online project based learning through attending this interactive institute, July 29-31 For the first time ever, PBL Ohio is virtual and provides teachers workshop experiences in learning PBL and how to implement it in an online classroom. The event is hosted by PBLMatters, but entirely facilitated by PBLWorks and their National Faculty. This event mirrors the same event that PBLWorks references as PBLWorld. Workshops include PBL 101, PBL 201, PBL Leadership and Project Slice. To learn more about […]

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Computer science fellowship at Air Force Institute of Technology seeks teachers

Needed: A boatload of teachers with the training and the itch to lead computer science (CS) classes. Finding these educators – those who can weave CS concepts into their math or science classes, or those who want to teach the subject outright – can be difficult. Without these teachers, not all students will get a chance to learn CS skills. Bridging that gap is the ultimate goal of a teacher fellowship offered this summer in Ohio. The Air Force Institute […]

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Central Ohio organizations: Battelle STEM Grant Program open now

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Every year, Battelle supports organizations that create STEM integrated, standards based informal education programs. Battelle, which also manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, looks to provide new and continuing support to organizations around Central Ohio in 2020. Previous grant winners include Maurice Womack, an engineer-educator working to eradicate STEM deserts throughout America through hands-on, online learning, and Rhonda Willford Eberst, a librarian who created the Summit STEM Living Library Museum and author of I Survived Pompeii.  Applications are now open for […]

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Thousands to enjoy STEM activities at Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair always has plenty of rides and games to try out, chickens and cows to check out and deep-fried food for pigging out, but it also has much, much more. Countless informational exhibits are on display throughout the fairgrounds at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The latest in technology, from robotics to drone racing, can be discovered at the fair’s Technology and Engineering Showcase, sponsored by the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA). The showcase […]

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Ohio colleges: Unite seeks applications to host students for STEM experiences

Getting underserved high school students into a summer STEM program can spark their interest in a technology career. Put that summer program on a university campus, and you might nurture much higher student aspirations. That is the goal of Unite, an initiative of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Unite wants to inspire underserved youth to aim high when considering a career in STEM, and the program is looking for universities to host such students as they learn about technology and gain confidence in their abilities. The Technology Student Association […]

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Akron unveils STEM Teacher Resource Lab

On Wednesday, September 13th, Akron educators got a taste of space from the safety of their local library. Using new VR systems from the STEM teacher resource center, NIHF Middle School ambassador Jonnaya led small groups on a trip to the Russian space station. She was demonstrating the potential of new STEM equipment, now available to check out at the Akron Summit Library. “There’s no denying it’s cool, but it’s also educationally viable,” says Sam Crews, OSLN hub coordinator for […]

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