The Fostering STEM Institute supports teacher-leaders

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Instructional coaches and lead-teachers help other educators grow and strengthen teaching ideas and methods. The Fostering STEM Institute will help teacher-leaders increase coaching capacity for STEM instructional practices. Over this year-long program, participants will collaborate with peer educators from Ohio. Build connections. Share coaching approaches that enhance instruction and build STEM culture. All to help expand quality STEM education to reach more young people. The Fostering STEM Institute supports the outcomes of other OSLN programs, including the Innovative Leaders Institute, […]

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Open letter: How Dale Waulk builds students’ confidence

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Dale Waulk of Troy High School wrote to us about his experience with Computer Science Principles, one of the computer science opportunities open now. First off, I would like to thank OSLN for choosing me to be an ambassador for the 2022-2023 school year. I have only been teaching for 2 ½ years and came from a programming background with the US Navy’s modeling and simulation program. I started the computer science program at Troy High School in 2019 with […]

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Open letter: How computer science helped Nancy Hamper’s students thrive

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Nancy Hamper of Jefferson Area Local School District wrote to us about her experience with Computer Science Discoveries, one of the computer science opportunities open now. My experience as a Code.org cohort member has been wonderful. I have taught in Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio since I started teaching in 1992. I have taught self contained 5th grade, and math at the middle and high school levels. I have always had an interest in technology, and would help out whenever I […]

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Open letter: Putnam county educator shares impact of computer science

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Cody Vennekotter wrote to us about his experience with Computer Science Principles, one of the computer science opportunities open now. Greetings, My name is Cody Vennekotter, a High School Math and Computer teacher at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. I have been teaching Computer Science Principles through Code.org since the 2016/2017 school year, and have enjoyed my time teaching the course. Going into teaching CSP, I had limited experience with programming and Computer Science. I had only  taken one class in undergraduate […]

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Don’t miss this year’s magical OSLN Design Challenge State Showcase, student videos due April 21

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Next month, students will share everything they’ve learned over the months of the #STEMbuildsOhio statewide design challenge. Now, it’s time to reveal our special surprise for the 2022 OSLN Design Challenge State Showcase. Magician Drew Murray will join us throughout the event to share his unique perspective on how magic can help us learn and solve problems. We asked Drew to do a quick trick for us. Take a look! Schools have just over a week until April 21, the […]

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OSLN Travel Grant Program

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At the Ohio STEM Learning Network, we understand that travel costs can prove an insurmountable barrier for many educators who want to learn. Especially those from rural communities. This summer, we are proud to offer a new support to help bridge that gap. The Ohio STEM Learning Network Travel Grant Program supports educators interested in attending professional learning program and student-centered events delivered by OSLN. The aim of this grant program is to assist educators with travel and/or lodging costs […]

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Welcome Sandra Wilder!

You may have noticed a few new faces leading efforts for the Ohio STEM Learning Network. This week, we’d like to offer a brief introduction to Sandra Wilder, who joined Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network team in December 2021 as a STEM Relationship Manager. Sandra believes that STEM education is a pathway to students experiencing, learning, and applying academic content in an authentic and relevant manner. Sandra considers engaging teachers in dynamic and personalized professional learning to be […]

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