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Help choose the name of the next Mars rover

NASA’s next robotic explorer to the Red Planet has many things. A ride to space: Launching July 2020 on an Atlas V rocket and landing in February 2021 A new, expanded rover design: 2,300 pounds of engineering and science equipment A mission: To answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars The one thing it’s missing? A name! Currently, the rover’s called “Mars 2020” but that’s a placeholder. This fall, it’s time christen the new rover with its […]

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Winning schools in 2019 MakerMinded competition

The MakerMinded competition  awarded $2,000 to the following schools to spend on educational technologies from Eduporium. Winning schools SCOPES Academy @ Unioto Elementary School – Chillicothe, Ohio Northridge Middle School – Johnstown, Ohio These schools logged the most points in Ohio by logging STEM activities completed by students. Here are just a few pictures submitted this year. SCOPES Academy Northridge Middle School LIFT, which created MarkerMinded, and Battelle, which manages STEM networks, issued the press release both recognizing the winning schools […]

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Ohio’s learning standards for computer science

Legislative update In May, we shared the testimony of Kelly Gaier Evans to the Ohio Senate in favor of changes to Ohio’s licensure for computer science teachers. These changes were approved by the Ohio Senate and signed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on July 18. They provide a short-term computer science licensure solution as Ohio works on alignment of programs to the new standards.The amendment: Permits schools to allow licensed 7-12 teachers to teach Computer Science if that […]

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Thousands to enjoy STEM activities at Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair always has plenty of rides and games to try out, chickens and cows to check out and deep-fried food for pigging out, but it also has much, much more. Countless informational exhibits are on display throughout the fairgrounds at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The latest in technology, from robotics to drone racing, can be discovered at the fair’s Technology and Engineering Showcase, sponsored by the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA). The showcase […]

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Ohio’s ‘Justice League of Afterschool’ promotes STEM identity

Editor’s note The Ohio Afterschool Network will be sharing after-school STEM activities at the Technology and Engineering Showcase at the Ohio State Fair on August 2, 2019. Come to the Fair and learn! Once the afternoon school bell rings, and the day’s formal teaching ends, how can educators keep students thinking about their lessons after school? That age-old question is often answered with one word: homework. While having students read, write and solve problems on their own has its place, […]

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STEM to STEAM: Herbert Mills principal on the switch at her school

Editor’s note We’re publishing today’s interview as Director Heather Sherman joins the Education Commission of the States’ annual National Forum on Education Policy  to present on “State Policies to Support STEAM Education.” You can follow her tweets here. At Herbert Mills STEM Elementary School, the arts have always been a part of the engineering design process. So recently, administrators at the central Ohio school decided to make it official, successfully petitioning the STEM Committee of the state’s Department of Education to […]

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Keynote preview: Bob Myers on what skills matter for jobs at innovative companies

Keeping up with modern technology is daunting. Keeping up with the latest teaching methods in technology education is equally challenging. But knowing what employers want in their future employees can give educators some direction. That is one aim of the upcoming Connections to Education Conference. The conference, set for July 29-31 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, is presented by the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. (Early discounted registration is available through […]

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