Statewide Design Challenge
Bring STEM to any school with a design challenge
Design challenges are activities or competitions that students participate in to solve real-world problems. Through the challenge, students engage in creative problem-solving, boosting skills like collaboration and grit.
For many schools, participating in the statewide design challenge was the perfect way to begin implementing high-quality STEM education best practices.
Annual statewide challenge
Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a design challenge where students collaborate to create a workable solution to key issues facing our world. Any school in Ohio can participate in the challenge.
Over the course of the challenge, we provide:
- Online resources for teachers and students
- Professional development events to support teachers
- Participation certificates for every student
- Regional and state level awards each spring
September 14, 2023 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates and deadlines
- May 12: Challenge Announced
- August 7: Challenge opens
- September 11, 4:30-5:30 PM: Virtual Kick-off Event Link to Zoom event
- September 14, 9-3 PM: In-Person Kick-off Event, PAST Foundation
- October 9, 4:30-5:30 PM: Virtual Starlab Expertlink and Experts Link to Zoom event
- November 15, 4:00-5:00 PM: Virtual Question and Answer Link to Zoom event
- December 8: Student designs for the optional sticker competition due
- December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM: Virtual Question and Answer Link to Zoom event
- January 9, 2024: Team registration for the competition closes
- January 12, 2024: Virtual Submission to the Hub showcase due
- February 1, 2024: Hub winners Announced- Invitation for State Showcase sent
- February 23, 2024: In-Person State Showcase in Columbus @ Battelle
Starlab will be a free-ﬂying commercial space station, following the International Space Station after the current station’s retirement in 2030.
Elements from Starlab will be a key part of the George Washington Carver Science Park, the ﬁrst-ever science park with assets in space as well as on the ground. Scientists and engineers in Ohio will help develop Starlab through partners including Voyager Space, Nanoracks, Airbus, Zin Technologies in Cleveland, Hilton Hotels, and other companies.
Starlab and the George Washington Carver Science Park will be anchored at Ohio State University.