A few weeks ago, we got the chance to speak with a group of students at the Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy. The high school juniors, Jordan Green, Stephanie Smith and Mekedia Setegne, had just submitted their proposal to a science challenge posed on Innocentive, an online network for “crowdsourcing” solutions to complex problems. The students were proposing a new method to help measure someone’s age from a sample of DNA. Their teacher, Lori Phillips, suggested the project. They also worked closely with Caitlin Rigsby, […]Read More
Successful schools are built on the local context around them. Across Ohio, each of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s regional hubs are working help deliver more quality STEM education to local students.
To help connect students and teachers to the opportunities offered by the OSLN – Akron Hub, hub director Alison White led the development of a new website and online training center. We exchanged a few questions with her about the new resources and what these offer.Read More
Yesterday, NBC4 anchor Cabot Rea stopped by the Metro Early College High School in Columbus to talk with students about bullying. He talked with many students who said the high-achieving school, founded by Battelle and Ohio State University, provided them with a safe haven from the bullying they experienced at other schools. WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, Ohio To learn more about Metro as a place to enroll your child or about how you can support this great […]Read More
The classroom is busy. Questions, answers, even laughter fill a space at Metro Early College in Columbus, Ohio. But the members of the class aren’t students, at least not most of the time. Instead, they’re teachers from some of Ohio’s most innovative schools – joined together through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an organization founded in 2007 with help from Battelle and other supporters of STEM education.
For the last two days, these teachers have taken on the character of eighth grade math students. They’re playing this role to get some first-hand experience with a new way of teaching math, developed by the Mathematics Design Collaborative.Read More
Will today’s students be “digitally literate?” Only if their teachers are. That’s the central conviction of a training organized this week by the Ohio STEM Learning Network – Akron Hub. Students (like most people) learn best by doing. That’s why many Ohio teachers are working hard to create classes where students do much more than fill out worksheets. Instead, class time is spent building model airplanes, researching topics, and finding ways to answer tough questions. Called problem-based learning, it’s one […]Read More
Guest post from David Burns, Director of STEM Innovations Networks at Battelle What gets measured, gets done. The 2013 Tennessee state assessment scores, published yesterday by the Tennessee Department of Education, are evidence of that. This year’s class posted major gains in STEM. Algebra II scores alone jumped by more than 8 percent. Tennessee teachers, students, parents, Governor Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman deserve a round of applause. By focusing on STEM as a state, they are creating more […]Read More
STEM teaching started as a way to unleash the potential of the next generation of innovators, but it’s grown into a whole-school practice that builds a student’s day around personalized, curiosity-driven learning. Creating a school culture and administration that supports this philosophy requires school leaders to think and act in new ways. To help spread this approach to more schools, we organized an intense workshop series for principals and school leaders. The first session of this STEM Leaders Academy brought […]Read More
It can often be difficult to engage students in a traditional school environment. For Columbus City Schools (CCS), a solution to this problem came in the form of a STEM-centered field trip. During the month of February, The Ohio State University (OSU) hosted at least two high school STEM-related events: STEM Fest hosted by the Lambda Psi Engineering Honorary and STEM Initiatives’ Breakfast of Science Champions. The 4th annual STEM Fest took place at the OSU student union and hosted 225 […]Read More