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New summit on career tech featured founding director of Ohio STEM school

In December, the Rethink Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summit brought together business and industry representatives, association members and educators committed to preparing America’s future workforce. The summit, held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., focused on the current skills gap in America’s workplace and a shift from “college for all” to “college and career ready” in today’s education system. Also on the agenda was the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, […]

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2018 posts and new opportunities to connect

To start of new year, we’re taking a look at some of our most read posts from 2018. Here’s quick rundown of a few highlighted opportunities to connect and participate in the network from last year. First up, you asked and we listened. The number one piece of feedback we received after our 2017 Ohio Design Challenge was simple: Announce the topic sooner. That’s what we did in August with “Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic” and […]

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Tell us if you’re participating in the 2019 #STEMfeedsOhio Design Challenge

This past August we, alongside Ohio Soybean Farmers and Ohio Corn and Wheat, introduced this year’s design challenge: Work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. We invite students from all across Ohio from all grades to tackle the issue of food security. We have spent the past couple months explaining the issue, calling out resources on the topic, and ways to engage the design cycle in choosing a solution. As […]

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View from Ohio on new federal STEM plan

by Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network  Earlier this month, the White House released a new federal strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education (download).  Last Tuesday, we shared featured STEMx director Wes Hall’s initial thoughts on the plan. I’ve spent the last week diving more deeply into the plan understand the implications for Ohio educators and schools. The plan aims to do two things. First, coordinate the work of […]

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Design challenge: Students “imagine” and “plan” with us through the design cycle

We’ve walked through the first two steps of the design process, defining and researching the problem. Today, we’re back to talk about the next few steps of the process—imagining and planning the solution of the problem. These stages are the most exciting parts of the design process, but they can also be the most difficult. To help us understand these stages, we reached out to two schools who participated in last year’s design challenge. First, let’s talk about the imagine […]

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New federal STEM plan released, read our first thoughts

Note from Heather Sherman, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network: When I first talked with many of you at our meeting in July, I explained my intention that our network would start to expand its understanding and influence over education policy. Today, there’s big news on that topic. The White House has unveiled a new report that will guide investments by federal agencies and seeks to influence the national conversation on STEM education. Including Ohio. We’ll continue reading through […]

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Calling all future STEM schools, Ohio designation application is live

The  2020 STEM school designation application is now available. STEM designation demonstrates your school’s commitment to a culture of innovation. As a whole, Ohio’s network of more than 50 STEM schools serve more low income and minority students than Ohio’s average school. That diverse student body excels in class, graduating at higher rates than their peers, and they do more. Students at these school also complete internships, college courses, and problem-based learning experiences. If that sounds like your school, it’s time […]

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