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Engineers, educators and students meet at Wadsworth camp

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Summer camp sounds fun. Summer STEM camp sounds a bit more complicated — and challenging. In summer 2015, when Wadsworth City Schools, in northeastern Ohio, created a summer STEM camp from the ground up, teachers and administrators discovered just how challenging it can be. Fresh off the district’s second STEM camp, and benefiting from the experience gained, Michele D. Evans, director of instruction and professional development with Wadsworth, provided us with insights about the nuts and bolts of pulling off […]

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Teachers seek inspiration at summer science institute

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Though some teachers take the summer off, many hit the books themselves to discover ways to inspire and educate their students. In June, one such group of motivated elementary school teachers took part in a three-week, hands-on science course presented at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. The course, called the Science by Inquiry Institute, was funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education through the Improving Teacher Quality program. The aim was to teach basic science content aligned […]

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Charge up your classroom with FirstEnergy

STEM educators often brim with ideas for innovative classroom projects, but their schools’ budgets rarely brim with cash for such extras. To help with project funding, FirstEnergy Corp. is again offering its STEM Classroom Grants program. We contacted Delores Jones, manager of community involvement at FirstEnergy, to share details about the grants program and the application process: Q: Who may apply? A: Educators (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth-group leaders in Ohio communities served by our electric operating companies — […]

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Growing roots in STEM

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With springtime’s natural beauty all around us, many teachers are using nature to impact academic lessons. Teaching about Mother Nature — as well as the design process, engineering and other seemingly unrelated fields — is the goal of two gardening projects at Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and DECA Prep. To give us background on the projects, we contacted Tracy Martz, director of STEM Initiatives at DECA.

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Connect for Success 2016 STEM Survival Guide

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Connect for Success is one of Ohio’s biggest education conferences and we’ll be there. Monday and Tuesday, the conference will bring together 1,000+ educators for 140+ sessions. Battelle Education, which manages this network, sponsored a track for STEM. If you’re coming to Connect for Success to find ways of bringing STEM to your students, we’ve got you covered. Flipbook Take a look at our STEM track sessions for Monday and Tuesday using this flipbook. See a session you like? Mark it down […]

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Ohio’s MIT – the Metro Institute of Technology

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by Sam Bodary for Battelle Education “He just took a piece of plywood, a tarp, and a leafblower and made his own hovercraft!” Andy Allmandinger enthusiastically brags about his first class of students at Metro Institute of Technology, the newest school affiliated with Columbus’ Metro Early College High School and Metro Early College Middle School. “What he found is that the more you weigh the better it floats. So when I went to push off the wall my feet went […]

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Let’s recognize Ohio teachers

There are more than 100,000 teachers in Ohio. Which one mattered to you? Tuesday is national teacher appreciation day. Join us in helping recognize great Ohio teachers. Starting today, we’re collecting your stories about teachers that made a difference. Just tell us the teacher’s name, the class they taught, and one important thing you learned. Then, throughout the day on May 3, we’ll post each of these stories. To submit your teacher appreciation, simply comment on this post or tweet […]

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Computer science trainings for educators coming to Ohio

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In 2013, the non-profit launched with a simple vision: “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” Now, the organization provides trainings, a library of course content, and political advocacy. To expand access in Ohio, has selected Battelle Education as a Professional Learning Partner. That means Battelle Education, manager of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, will be organizing more trainings around computer science and coding. is underwriting much of the cost, allowing […]

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STEM schools in the news

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Each year, the State of Ohio opens the window for new schools to become legally designated as STEM schools. We’re proud to serve as advisors to the State, supporting schools and making recommendations on the how proposed schools should proceed. We’ve been working with a number of schools on designation in 2016. The official date when Ohio will consider new applications is coming later this week. Now, we wanted to take a look back. Ohio’s first STEM school opened in 2006. Since […]

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Teachers interview scientists: The heart of engineering

With the release of the Battelle LDC Science Collection, we’ve pulled together some of the teachers and scientists behind the project. For our final interview, here’s Claire Hampel from Metro Early College Middle School and David Chase from Battelle to tell you more about their work together.Claire: Hi! My name is Claire Hampel and I’m a middle school science and English teacher at the Metro School. I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio where I went to the University of Dayton for Education. […]

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