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Countdown to CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) encourages students to take the leap and try out computer science. CSEdWeek 2018 will begin in just one week and runs from December 3-9. The celebration ends with a recognition of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born December 9, 1906. There are lots of ways to bring computer science into your classroom. Many Ohio teachers will celebrate the week with #HourofCode events. More than 800 events are planned around the state. Looking for a […]

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Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

Polymers — large molecules ranging from plastics and rubber to protein and DNA — have become commonplace, especially in Ohio’s industries. Our state is home to the largest polymer industry cluster in America and is recognized as a leader worldwide, according to PolymerOhio, an industry organization. And, Ohio is the No. 1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with 76 of the state’s 88 counties having at least one polymer company. That means 1,150 […]

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Answers to your questions about the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge

This week, we’re featuring a roundup of frequently asked questions about this year’s design challenge—from setting up your school showcase, to participating in the Battelle showcase in May. Once you’re done reading, please complete this form and fill us in about your school’s participation. Q: What are the requirements for design challenge projects? Each school will implement their design challenge in their own context, so we expect some differences. : There a few basic requirements we ask every school to […]

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Spread the word about #hourofcode with your ideas on creativity

November 19: Thanks to all of you who joined in! It’s time to unveil our new video asking students “What will you create?” In just a few weeks, we’ll kick off the Hour of Code Challenge during Computer Science Education Week, December 3–9th. This week is designed to encourage students and teachers to try an hour of Computer Science. Computer science is about more than technical knowledge, it’s also about creativity. That’s why this year’s theme for #HourofCode is creativity. To […]

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Send us your Design Challenge questions!

This week, we’re taking a break from our Design Challenge Design Cycle posts to check in and see what questions you have about participating in the Food Security Design Challenge at your school. Next Thursday, we will provide a FAQ page with answers to your questions. From what we’ve heard already, you have questions like: “How do I organize a school-wide showcase” and “What do we need to do to participate in the state-wide showcase at Battelle” and “when is […]

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STEM school turns Manufacturing Day into week of learning

At Graham Middle School in western Ohio, building opportunities for students is Job No. 1. That’s why the school curriculum emphasizes preparing students for manufacturing careers. And, the fact that the school is in rural Champaign County isn’t lost on administrators and staff: They are using land around the building to incorporate agricultural education into classwork, too. To find out more about the myriad goings-on at Graham, including the recent Manufacturing Day activities, we contacted Principal Chad Lensman: Q: Why […]

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Resources and more for the 2019 Food Security Design Challenge

Just two weeks ago, we hosted a full day of programming on the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge with our design challenge partners, Ohio Soybean Farmers and Ohio Corn and Wheat. We had a great group and learned about many resources students can use toward this year’s challenge: Work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. As a reminder, the design challenge process moves through steps. First, you define the problem. Just […]

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