K-16 STEM in the NEWS
NWO hosted first-ever BioBlitz BG!
Community STEM in the NEWS
Area Schools Earn STEM Research Distinction
The Ohio Academy of Science selected 45 Ohio schools and 491 teachers to receive The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2020-2021 school year. The schools along with their teachers from the area who earned the distinction are from Ottawa Hills Junior and Senior High school, Sylvania Northview High School (pictured above), and Perrysburg St. Rose Elementary School.
Each school received a special Governor's Award certificate, and each teacher received a complimentary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.
The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are: (1) Conduct a local science fair with 12 or more students and have two or more of these students participate in the 2021 Virtual District Science Day OR Have 6 or more students participate in the 2021 Virtual District Science Day when no local has been conducted, (2) Students must participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom. The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as both the mastery and integration of science technology, engineering, and mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
For the complete list of teachers please see the Ohio Academy of Science website at: https://www.ohiosci.org/scholarship-opportunities/department-of-development/
What's Happening at NWO?
Northwest Ohio STEM Collaborative
The NWO STEM Collaborative aims to connect, share, learn and grow knowledgeable networking within the local STEM community, while providing high-quality STEM opportunities for K-12 students in Northwest Ohio.
- Session 2 - December 9, 2021
- Session 3 - February 10, 2022
- Session 4 - April 7, 2022
Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Location: Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43620
Contact: Please contact Lori Bolone with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Events and happenings through November 21 including “Spooky Space” on October 30; “My house has stars on November 6th, and Cosmic Colors and Cosmic Recipe!
For more information, please see: https://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/physics-and-astronomy/bgsu-planetarium.html
Ohio STEM Learning Network
#STEMbuildsOhio challenge learning series has launched with updated portal!
This year’s #STEMbuildsOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to consider how they can improve their school, community, or world by reimagining an existing physical space, system, product, or service so that it is more equitable, accessible, or efficient. Educators can sign up now to begin the challenge.
The design challenge web portal (https://designchallenge.osln.org/) contains new resources on the infrastructure topic, basics on design challenges, and all the details on upcoming events.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision challenge
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition challenges K-12 students to envision a future technology while engaging in Next Generation Science Standards. Inspire a lifelong love of STEM and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way! It’s not too late to register teams of students. The deadline for submissions is January 31.
We <3 Veterans Pin Design
The Army Educational Outreach Program, managed by Battelle, has launched the “We <3 Veterans Pin Design” challenge with Future Engineers. Students in fourth to eighth grade will use their 3D design skills to create a wearable pin that demonstrates their gratitude towards veterans. If chosen as one of the ten finalists, the pin will be printed and distributed to veterans who visit the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio! Students can complete this free, online challenge at home or in the classroom, in-person or virtually.
Check out the landing page for tools and resources to support the pin design process, so all can participate even if not a 3D design expert! All pin designs must be submitted by Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2021. The designs will then be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes U.S. service members and veterans.
2022 EngineerGirl Writing Contest Is Open!
The 2022 EngineerGirl Writing Contest is open! This year’s theme is “Sustainable Solutions: Engineering for our Future” and students are asked to write an informative essay about how engineering can help humanity meet one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals identify 17 areas where urgent action is required on all levels – from international institutions to individual households – and the aim is to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people have equal opportunities to enjoy peace and prosperity. Take a look at the contest rules and regulations, then make sure essays are submitted by February 1, 2022!
GrowNext Gen Chickenology Workshop
How do environment, heredity, and genetics affect living organisms? Engage students with this STEM-based curriculum unit focusing on 8th grade Life Science standards.
NWO STEM Activity
This month's activity brought to you by Playdough to PLATO https://www.playdoughtoplato.com/20-halloween-science-experiments-kids/
- Draw ghost faces on clear film canisters. Use a permanent marker to avoid smears.
- Once the marker is dry add 1-3 spoons of corn starch to each film canister.
- Fill the canisters roughly 1/3 of the way with warm water and stir until the corn starch is dissolved and the ingredients are combined.
- Take a piece of Alka seltzer and break it into 2-3 pieces.
- Quickly drop the pieces into the canister, put the lid on, flip the rocket over, set it down, and step back!
Extend the Fun:
Further, explore science by adding varying amounts of ingredients.
- What happens with more or less Alka seltzer?
- What about more or less corn starch?