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June 03, 2019




Launched by Proctor and Gamble and StrivePartnership in 2011, GCSC is the backbone STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education / workforce development organization for the three-state Greater Cincinnati region. GCSC is a nonprofit on the mission to create a robust STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) pipeline of talent. This talent pipeline will meet the accelerating demand for STEM jobs in our region. GCSC brings education, community and business partners together to create hands-on, real life, and relevant learning experiences for our students. These authentic experiences are proven to grow student interest in and confidence to pursue STEM careers.





Sign up now for the STEM Education Conference June 12-13

The STEMM Education Center at Cleveland State University and the Ohio STEM Learning Network would like to invite to you an exciting two-day conference!

Engage with other K-12 educators with hands-on, interactive STEM-related lessons and ideas for each of the K-4, 5-8, and 9 -12 grade bands.

Every school and every teacher can find something new to  learn.

Wednesday, June 12: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Thursday, June 13: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm





Ohio Elementary STEM Educators Group on InfOhio’s Open Space
The Ohio Elementary STEM Educators' mission is to build a collaborative network of educators who share the vision of promoting the integrated study of science, technology engineering and math in every K-6 classroom.
STEM educators from Ohio and elsewhere can join this group, use and contribute resources and start or contribute to discussions.
This site will give Ohio elementary STEM educators a place to network, share resources and thoughts and help promote elementary STEM throughout Ohio and the U.S. Please consider joining this group and contributing your valuable resources for the benefit of others! educators/8/





STEM in the Park offers hands-on, family-friendly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities, displays and/or equipment at a number of STEM Activity Stations arranged in an open, festival-like atmosphere. We invite you to select an activity or interactive display to bring to the event. In 2018, over 5,680 people including some 1,500+ children attended STEM in the Park with their parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors. STEM in the Park is a highly visible and unique opportunity for businesses, universities, colleges, and non-profit organizations to increase awareness and showcase regional STEM opportunities, careers and innovation across northwest Ohio. 
NWO's STEM in the Park provides:

·An eight foot table    


·Two chairs 

·Free lunch for all of your station staff & volunteers

·Additional space or tables for large displays/activities is available

·Your company, college, department, or campus organization name will be featured on our website and in some larger marketing materials for this event

·Formatting of an At-Home Activity digital resource to post on our website

GREEN for 2019: STEM in the Park is staying green this year and will not be printing Take-Home Activity Cards for each station. We will be creating a digital link to all At-Home Activities to extend learning from the event. The At-Home Activities will include the same information as in the past but will simply be digital vs. printed.
Exhibitor provides:

·Hands-on activity plus materials for attendees to complete the activity

·The text for a STEM in the Park At-Home Activity (see example, if desired)

·Take-Home brochures and marketing material featuring your company, department, college or campus organization (if desired) 

For more information go to 1FAIpQLSctnnpwhXuGsXei4YZF BnDxCzh6FdftTSp5kWZnVb_eVygGAw/ viewform





Elementary STEM Resources Room at the Ohio State Fair’s 2019 Technology and Engineering Showcase 
Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA)
Ohio State Fair, Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
Youth Center / Lausche Building
Just stop in, or call to make a reservation for a free
consultation session around your questions about 
how to organize select, implement, and be successful
teaching through elementary STEM experiences and
hands-on activities.
The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association
is pleased to announce that Bob Claymier, nationally recognized
champion of elementary STEM experiences for all students will
be available to parents, teachers, school administrators to provide
free STEM consulting sessions linked to your needs and interests.
OTEEA Showcase - Elementary STEM Resource Room Schedule:
The Resource Room display is open 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
each day of the 12-day State Fair. Bob Claymier will be 
available to talk with you on the days and times listed below.

    1) Wed July 24, 9 AM to 3PM
    2) Thurs July 25, 1PM to 7 PM
    3) Fri July 26, 9 AM to 4 PM
    4) Sat July 26, 9 AM to 4 PM
    5) Sun July 27, noon to 4 PM
    6) Mon July 28, 9 AM to 2:30 PM
    7) Tues July 29, 8 AM to 2:30 PM
    8) Wed July 30, 9 AM to 3:00 PM
    9)Thurs Aug 1, 1 Pm to 7 PM
   10)  Fri Aug 2, 9 AM to 4 PM
   11) Sat Aug 3, 9 AM to 4 PM
   12) Sun Aug 4, noon to 4 PM
To learn more about the potential of integrated STEM experiences and
how to be successful engaging elementary grade students contact:
   Bob Claymier
   STEM is Elementary
   248 N. Franklin St.
   Delaware, OH 43015





Ignite Math Camp
Bowling Green State University | June 14-15 or July 19-20
Students who will be in 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019 are invited to attend the Ignite Math Camp. A fun-filled, two-day camp at BGSU, students will engage in thought-provoking experiences about teamwork, problem solving, mathematics and the connections between mathematics and the real world. They will get to know other students around the state, build connections and engage in fun mathematical and problem solving activities. The camp curriculum aligns with the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics in fun and exciting activities.

·There are two Ignite Math Camp dates to choose from this summer:
June 14-15 or July 19-20

·Students should arrive at 12 p.m.

·The cost of camp is $95 per camper. This includes dining services, lodging, and all materials necessary for the camp

·Students will participate in specially-designed tasks that encourage mathematical reasoning, team work and critical thinking

Enrollment is limited to 60 students for each camp. If you have questions about the camp, please reach out to the Camp Coordinator Chelsea Caswell certified-summer-academic-programs-and-summer-camps/ academic -summer-programs/ignite-mathematics-camp.html





Introduction to Computer Science for K-5 Students
CET, in partnership with and Battelle Education, offers no-cost, one-day workshops for K-5 classroom teachers, media specialists and technology teachers interested in teaching computer science. Workshops will cover a special, highly interactive elementary curriculum and offer supplies needed to teach the courses. Participants will receive:
* Latest edition printed curriculum guide
* Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons
* Fun swag
Workshop length: six hours; certificate provided (FREE).





FREE Professional Learning Opportunities this June to 25 Central Ohio Elementary School teachers and 25 Central Ohio Middle School teachers!
Experience STEM education through problem-based learning. 
Professional development opportunities in Environmental Science for Elementary School Teachers and Robotics for Middle School Teachers.
Applications are now open!

Take advantage of the Battelle Innovation in Teaching Fellowships in June 2019 valued at $1,350 for FREE! teaching-2019-cohort





Driving Question: How might we use The Henry Ford Model I learning framework to learn about and incorporate the habits and actions of innovators in our daily lives?

The Henry Ford Model I is a unique learning framework for developing an innovative mindset. Model I is comprised of two frames: Actions of Innovation and Habits of an Innovator. Together, they form a language that describes any person’s unique innovation journey and guides students to think and act like innovators.

This facilitator guide outlines a set of activities that integrates Model I with stories and artifacts from The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation, as well as students’ own experiences. The activities complement one another, but you can extract individual activities or customize them to meet your needs education-files/len_18_40451-innovate--intro-to-model- i-facilitator-guide_v3.pdf?sfvrsn=7b13f01_4





New STEM schools designated in Ohio

Fourteen schools joined the Ohio STEM Learning Network today as they received our recommendation for designation and the official award from the Ohio STEM Committee. Designation recognizes a school’s holistic approach to STEM learning as more than just science, technology, engineering and math.

These schools showed exceptional proof of engagement across academic disciplines, of empowering students as creative problem-solvers, and of a school-wide commitment to a quality STEM education for all students.

New schools
Meet the newest members of the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN):

1.Bigelow Hill Intermediate (Findlay City Schools)

2.Chase STEMM Academy (Toledo Public Schools)

3.Chillicothe Primary School (Chillicothe City School District)

4.East Canton High School (Osnaburg Local School District)

5.Franklin Elementary School (Wadsworth City Schools)

6.Gearity Professional Development School (Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District)

7.Herbert Mills STEM Elementary (Reynoldsburg City Schools)

8.John Marshall IT (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)

9.Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy (Campbell City Schools) – with conditions

10.St. Angela Merici Parish School (Cleveland Catholic)

11.St. Mary School-Vermillion (Toledo Catholic)

12.St. Paul School (Columbus Catholic)

13.Waterville Primary (Anthony Wayne Local Schools)

14.Winchester Trail Elementary School (Canal Winchester Local Schools)

Read more about the selection and the process at in-ohio/





Middle Schoolers Are Doing Better on a Key Tech and Engineering Test — and It’s Thanks to the Girls


American middle schoolers are performing better on a national assessment of technology and engineering, an improvement driven largely by girls.

Overall, students’ average score on the National Assessment of Education Progress in Technology and Engineering Literacy increased two points from 2014, the first time the test was given. Several subgroups showed statistically significant improvements, including white students, black students, students eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch, and students whose parents did not graduate from high school.

Girls’ average score in 2018 was 155 out of a possible 300, five points higher than the boys’ average score of 150.

Read more at are-doing-better-on-a-key-tech-and-engineering-test-and- its-thanks-to-the-girls/





The U.S. Energy Information Administration's redesigned website, Energy KidsSM features more than 100 pages of fun educational content for kids, parents, and teachers. Kids can learn about energy and challenge their brains with energy Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word searches, and the new "Energy Sliders" game. Teachers can submit energy lesson plans, share their expertise and get chosen as contributor of the month. The site also features energy-related stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for the classroom.





Interactive Report Shows
How States Are Doing on Critical STEM Skills


The National Math and Science Initiative is investing in illustrating how states across the country are performing on critical STEM skills. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by NMSI, SRI International and 100Kin10, takes information from more than 100 public data sets and puts it into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 different conditions, practices and outcomes that demonstrate STEM success rates.

These indicators include policies and funding, teacher preparation, educator quality, instructional resources and STEM education outcomes. Data sets incorporated into the map include Next Generation Science Standards and ISTE standards adopted, proficiencies in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and ACT test benchmark scores in STEM, science, English and reading.

Each of the indicators come from the STEM Success Framework, which is a guide help to states and school districts navigate equitable STEM teaching and learning. The framework consists of three sections: system contributors, conditions and practices and STEM outcomes. report-shows-how-states-are-doing-on-critical-stem-skills





2020 Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention


The 2020 Children’s Engineering Convention will be held February 6-7, 2020 at the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia. Plan ahead to attend the convention! The Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC) invites teachers and instructional leaders to be a convention presenter. Come and share your expertise and best instructional strategies with other PreK-5 teachers. 

Presenters should be prepared to provide sessions that will enhance elementary school teachers ability to teach children to:

·        explore how people create, use, and control technology
·        apply knowledge of mathematics, science, English, and history and social studies in solving problems associated with technology
·        use tools and materials to explore design, engineering, and technology
·        exhibit self-confidence through the use of technology.

The convention will focus on high-quality design, engineering, and technology instruction that includes “how-to, and hands-on” deeper learning strategies and best practices with a proven track record of success. Session length will be designed for 75-minutes.

Submit presenter proposals no later than July 1, 2019. Presenters will be notified of presentation status by August 15, 2019.
To submit a proposal, please click the "Call for Presenters" link below:





INFOhio's quality resources for K-5 teachers and students provide a foundation of learning using a variety of media. Participants may complete the classes in this INFOhio Learning Pathway to learn more about INFOhio's quality resources and tools that support K-5 Ohio Learning Standards and prepare learners for future success. The K-5 Digital Content Learning Pathway is worth 13 contact hours. Classes can also be taken individually to earn the contact hours listed for each class. resources






Battelle Innovation in Teaching 2019 Cohort 1
Professional Development Fellowship Opportunity for Elementary Educators Environmental Science
For fellowship description and details: teaching-2019-cohort

Online PD – P3 Applied – June 2019

·Participate in 3 live, virtual discussion classes (6/4, 6/11, & 6/18)

·Explore podcasts, videos and discussion forum at your own pace

·Concierge Support & Web Platform

·Wrap Up Virtual Discussion

On Site Workshop – Test Drive Activities

·Immersive Saturday (9am – 1pm)

·Elementary – Connections in Habitats Activities – June 15, 2019

·At PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

·Receive two $50.00 gift cards for supplies






Peanuts and NASA: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched on a mission to orbit the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Apollo 10 was also the mission that sent Charlie Brown and Snoopy into space when their names were adopted as the official call signs of the command module and lunar module. To celebrate this anniversary, NASA and the Peanuts gang have teamed up to create standards-aligned activities to help students explore space flight history and the amazing technologies NASA will use to land astronauts on Mars.





Options, Ending, and Failure

"In engineering, failures generated during the design process help avoid failure in the final results. It’s good to fail and fail often while working out a design. That leaves time to experiment, to learn, and to improve, so that the final product is the best it can be." the-key-to-learning-cc337cc286c





Join the maker movement and transform education!

There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.







That's it for this newsletter.

Please let me know of elementary STEM events, resources, or professional development opportunities that you would like to see in an upcoming edition of the STEM is Elementary newsletter!

Also remember to contact me if you have need of professional development opportunities related to elementary STEM in your school or district!

Bob Claymier