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Bring NASA lessons into your classroom with Space from a Distance

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network proudly announces a new collaboration between science non-profit Battelle and NASA—Next Gen STEM: Space from a Distance. At https://nextgenstem.battelle.org, explore NASA’s standards-aligned, hands-on STEM activities and then join us for an informational webinar on 12/9/2020 to learn how to qualify for a free STEM crate with supplies for 30 students. Starting next year on February 1st, https://nextgenstem.battelle.org will feature standards-aligned design challenges designed for K-12 by NASA professionals. Each week will focus on a different […]

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Webinars on electric vehicle charging support #STEMpowersOhio challenge

This year’s #STEMpowersOhio challenge question is a big one: “Reimagine energy production/consumption to improve your community.” Through the challenge, students can explore a wide range of energy related sub-topics. We’re offering a special webinar on Electric Vehicle Charging on both November 19 and November 30. We encourage teachers and afterschool leaders facilitating the design challenge to modify the design challenge question into something with a narrower focus, as long as the modified question ties back to energy.  Perhaps you want […]

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PAST Foundation to lead Central Ohio OSLN Hub

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For 20 years, the Columbus-based PAST Foundation has been working to improve education and “link learning to life.” The PAST Foundation (Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology) offers educational programs for students and teachers and evaluates others’ programs to measure their impacts and outcomes. In a new endeavor, the foundation has been chosen to lead the Central Ohio Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network. A STEM innovator at the foundation – and its “Queen of Queries” – Mary Schneider […]

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Esports growing in Ohio, panel discussion coming soon

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Thanks to the educational non-profit Esports Ohio, competitive esports – or sports competition using video games – have flourished in the state on the high school level. Since 2018, team esport contests have grown to include more than 2,600 student competitors from more than 130 Ohio school districts. To harness that student interest in esports on the scholastic side, Esports Ohio has partnered with the PAST Foundation and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation to create the Ohio Scholastic Esports […]

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Fall network updates

The Ohio STEM Learning looks forward to supporting Ohio educators, students, and communities again this school year. Though school may look different, we will continue to grow STEM culture statewide. Battelle’s investment in STEM education is making a difference nationally and in Ohio. Through our STEM networks and philanthropy, Battelle reached over 325,000 students last year. The Ohio STEM Learning Network is strong – with 79 designated STEM/STEAM schools, better than ever collaboration and alignment with the Ohio Department of […]

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Teachers can apply now for national program to create lessons, work in Army science labs

The RESET program allows teachers to conduct research in a real lab with professional mentoring and take the knowledge they gain back to the classroom. RESET, or Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers, offers 60 hours of online summer learning to a select group of teachers and then places some of them in an Army lab to work for a month. Applications are open now. To find out more about the program, we contacted its director, Dr. Jennifer Meadows, […]

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New Code.org virtual training opportunities

Computer Science opens doors. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to healthcare. Through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Battelle’s presenting the workshops educators need to get started with computer science education. Battelle is Code.org’s Regional Partner for Ohio. We understand school is a little different this year. That’s why we’ve re-organized our trainings to fit into your schedule, no matter how you’re teaching students this fall. Below, find all the information on the workshops, dates, and […]

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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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2020 STEM Leadership Award Winner: Dana Letts of Chillicothe

As STEM specialist for the Chillicothe City School District, Dana Letts is truly a jack-of-all-trades. In her job, Letts does a bit of everything, from creating STEM-related school programs, establishing community partnerships and writing STEM curriculum, to supporting principals, designing and leading staff professional development, pursuing funding and presenting sessions about STEM to local groups and businesses. “Mrs. Letts has been known to arrive at school in a suit jacket to lead an early morning meeting and close out the […]

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