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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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2020 Essay Contest High School Winner: Ana Veselinov

We’re proud to announce Ana Veselinov as the 2020 Ohio STEM Learning Network Essay Contest High School Winner. Ana’s essay details why and how she sought to build more recognition for  student athletes at her school. Her school doesn’t have a sports team. Instead, students continue to play for sports teams at other schools. Working with her classmates, Ana identified an opportunity to increase awareness and recognition for these fellow students. Keep reading to learn more about her solution to […]

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“Re-Design Labs” offered to help educators prepare for school this fall

It’s summer break, and school administrators and teachers are sighing with relief after working through several stress-filled months of pandemic-imposed distance learning. With the daily grind of virtual lessons behind them, educators can relax – but only briefly. Soon they must start planning for the 2020-2021 school year and how it might play out, given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Helping with that planning is the aim of the free Re-Start Re-Design Labs, presented by EnvisionEdPlus in partnership with the Ohio […]

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2020 Essay Contest Middle School Winner: Reina Ushiroda

We’re proud to announce Reina Ushiroda as the 2020 Ohio STEM Learning Network Essay Contest Middle School Winner. Reina’s essay builds on an idea she’s been thinking about for over a year. The name for her idea, “Bon Appetreat,” came first. Since then, she been considering what solution would best fit her goals and skills. Keep reading to learn more about her solution to solve a problem in her life and community. Reina is currently a sixth grader at Bio-Med […]

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STEM job interview: Battelle medical device engineer Doug Boyd

Even during COVID-19 pandemic, the economy continues on. As many schools host virtual graduations, parents and graduates are thinking forward to future careers. Health-related jobs were growing before the crisis and are even more in demand now. Not all are in hospital settings. One such position is held by Douglas Boyd, Vice President, Medical Device Solutions, for Battelle. He shares details about his work in this critical, STEM-related field along with advice for students – and their teachers – on […]

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2020 designation of STEAM/STEAM schools

After careful deliberation, 10 more school have earned the mark of STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee. Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network partners with the Ohio Department of Education to recruit, support, and ultimately evaluate new schools for this accomplishment. This year’s set of designated schools showcase the full diversity of approaches to quality STEM education. Elementary and high schools, public schools and private ones, schools from many different corners of Ohio; all of these are represented […]

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Ohio’s Code.org Professional Learning Program continues online

Beginning in January, we’ve been recruiting for educators to bring quality computer science education to schools across Ohio. The priority application period has passed, however, a few seats and scholarships remain. Here’s a quick rundown on the basics of this powerful professional development opportunity and how you can earn a place in the program. Why does computer science education matter?  Computer Science opens more doors than any other discipline. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to […]

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