Where Ohio stands on computer science education

by Kelly Gaier Evans, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network Computer Science Education Week is just around the corner. At a recent state committee meeting on computer science, data provided by JobsOhio showed the skill gap between computer science (CS) occupations and the supply of CS graduates in our state widens by over eleven thousand openings (11,000) every year. Ohio is producing more CS graduates. However, the state’s growth of CS graduates was only 9.5% from 2014-2019. That growth […]

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Artist + student collaboration at McKinley STEMM Academy to be displayed in downtown Toledo

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“As an administrator, it is important to allow teachers to take risks” says Christina Ramsey, principal at McKinley STEMM Academy. Not all risks pan out. But when a project comes together: “that is truly where the magic happens,” she says.  Students at the academy, part of Toledo Public Schools, recently benefited from collaborations with two out-of-state professional artists who visited the academy and conducted workshops with students. To find out more about the collaborations and the artwork that was produced, […]

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Three ideas for your OSLN STEM Classroom Grant

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Teachers or administrators in Ohio: Apply now for a $2,500-$5,000 grant to further STEM learning! Applications are due December 2. Battelle funded this new program from the Ohio STEM Learning Network as a part of the non-profit research institute’s commitment to expanding high quality STEM education to all students. Completing the grant application should take about 20 minutes. However, if you’re stuck, we can help. Here are three simple sample projects to help envision what would help you take STEM […]

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2021 Ohio STEM Innovator: Meghan Federer of The Works

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  The myriad challenges posed by the relentless COVID-19 pandemic have forced many STEM educators to innovate. They’ve devised countless original ways to teach their students, both virtually via computer and in-person while wearing masks and keeping socially distanced. And school faculty members aren’t the only educators affected. Museum staff members have had to be creative to safely serve the public. A case in point: The Works, Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, in Newark. While the facility was […]

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2021 STEM/STEAM school designation deadlines and guiding webinars

The Ohio STEM Learning Network invites school administrators and staff to participate in a three-part webinar series to gain a deeper understanding of the pillars of STEM and how these strategies support all students, in all schools, and to help schools seeking STEM or STEAM designation. Attend our web series to learn more about STEM and STEAM designation. These webinars will guide leaders to understand how STEM education transcends content areas, resulting in a shift in the way students engage in […]

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2021 Ohio STEM Advocate Award Winner: Thomas Burnworth

“When I think of STEM in our community, I think of Tom Burnworth.” That’s how an education professor at the University of Toledo describes the recent winner of the Ohio STEM Advocate of 2021 Award. Burnworth is executive director of the Sylvania STEM Center in suburban Toledo. And in that role, he leads a “robust STEM center that affords children across (northwest) Ohio opportunities to learn to program, problem solve, innovate, collaborate and present their ideas,” writes Professor Ruslan Slutsky […]

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Announcing the new OSLN STEM Classroom Grant Program

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for K-12 STEM classrooms in Ohio. The goal of the grant program is to foster the creation of new, sustainable STEM education programming in classrooms by investing directly in our K-12 teachers and administrators. Thanks to philanthropic funding from Battelle, educators can now apply through the Ohio STEM Learning Network STEM Classroom Grant Program for up to $5,000. Projects should align to one of the following focus […]

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