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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - May 2022

May 31, 2022

Workshops and other elementary STEM resources for this summer!






 Professional Development Opportunities




The Application to Present at ITEEA’s 85th Annual Conference in Minneapolis is now open!
Planning for ITEEA’s 2023 Conference in Minneapolis is well underway and ITEEA is now accepting presenter applications through June 30, 2022. The Conference theme, Learn It, Try It, Teach It! - STEL Experiences to Advance our Profession, encourages presenters to share specific examples of ways to successfully integrate and apply the STEL standards and practices in various contexts through hands-on activities and interactive session experiences. 
This year's application experience is more streamlined than ever, as ITEEA has incorporated Cvent solutions to make the process more intuitive and user friendly.


If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 703-860-2100




Where education leaders and technology experts converge to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. At OTS educators have the opportunity to explore the hands-on integration of technology across the curriculum — from kindergarten to college.
For Makers
For anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments or learn more about "making".
For Innovators
For those who are out in front with what's new in education.  You are the early adopters and this is a place where you can really connect.  
For Leaders
 Connect with like-minded individuals and network with leading visionaries. Share ideas, and reflect on your own leadership performance.
Call for Presentation Proposals Ends August 19, 2022
The 2022 Ohio Technology Summit will be held on October 14th at River Valley High School in Caledonia, OH

Note: All sessions are 45 minutes.





Dayton STEM Leader Summit
Thursday, June 9
9:00AM - 2:00PM
at the Dayton Regional STEM School
We'll dive into interactive discussions, networking with fellow STEM enthusiasts, and identifying ways to collaborate on common goals.
This event is perfect for school and district administrators, industry professionals, teachers, curriculum leaders, school counselors, education support services, and anyone seen as a leader in their STEM area! summit/home





Ohio Academy of Science: Free Collaborative STEM Research Workshop
Join the Ohio Academy of Science as we present strategies to immediately and seamlessly bring the practice of authentic student research to your classroom! 
Register to attend June 9, 2022: Celebration of Science and Research Kick-Off Event. 
Then, register to attend one of our training sessions: 
July 28 in Columbus, 
August 3 in Dayton and 
August 9 in Akron. 
             All sessions will be 9:00am-4:00pm. 
             All sessions are FREE for registrants. 
             Light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. 
             Drawings for science swag!





Picture Perfect STEM Workshop
Expand your teacher toolkit with Picture-Perfect Science! Designed for K-5 teachers, instructional coaches, media specialists, and administrators, the Two-Day Picture-Perfect STEM workshop will equip you with knowledge and strategies to successfully integrate STEM & literacy in your classroom.
Each participant will receive 14 hours of professional in-person training with NSTA Press authors Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan along with two books: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K-2 and Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5.
When: June 14–15
Where: Liberty Center in West Chester, OH — Sabin Hall
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day

Feed the World 2-day workshop
Springfield OH
Thursday, June 23 and Friday, Jun 24

How is science contributing to the future of global food and energy security? Learn how advancing technologies help us produce more with less. Each teacher will receive over $250 worth of classroom lab supplies. You’ll also take part in inquiry-based, hands-on science labs with an engineering design focus. 2022-tickets-211817460727
Ag Biotech Academy
Springfield OH
Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29

Ag Biotech Academy introduces teachers to the ways biotech is incorporated into agriculture using biotech skills in food science activities and biofuels labs. Each teacher will receive over $300 worth of classroom lab supplies. tickets -211948261957





Join OOGEEP for a free elementary STEM workshop!
Hamilton County Educational Services Center
11083 Hamilton Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45231
June 16, 9 am to 4 pm
Ohio elementary teachers, we've got a great opportunity for you! Come to this Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program workshop where you'll go through engaging hands-on lessons to take back to your classroom.

·These lessons will provide relevant ENERGY education for your students. Learn more about this valuable Ohio industry, along with the history, science, and geology behind it.


·All participants will receive a curriculum book with background information and hands-on activities for each unit. These lessons meet state and national standards. 


·Teachers also take home supplies for many of the lessons, along with other educational materials and resources.


·Career connections within the lessons help students understand about the wide range of in-demand jobs available. 

Each workshop is worth .7 CEU credits, and when applicable, teachers have the opportunity to attend field trips and acquire Ashland graduate credits. worksho p-tickets-240493772347





Fostering STEM Institute
The Fostering STEM Institute will help teacher-leaders increase coaching capacity for STEM instructional practices.
Over this year-long program, participants will collaborate with peer educators from Ohio and build solid connections. Coaching approaches that enhance instruction and build STEM culture among students will be shared with the goal to expand quality STEM education to reach more young people.
The Fostering STEM Institute supports the outcomes of other OSLN programs, including the Innovative Leaders Institute, STE(A)M Designation and STE(A)M Redesignation process, and OSLN professional learning series. However, past or anticipated participation in these programs is not a requirement for acceptance into the Fostering STEM Institute. Intended participants come from schools with an established STEM focus but not necessarily from STE(A)M designated schools. Participants will leverage their existing knowledge of STEM pedagogy to gain expertise in effective coaching practices.

Applications close June 17, 2022.











Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy

The Role of Technology and Engineering in STEM Education (2021) (STEL) provides an up-to-date roadmap for classroom teachers, district supervisors, state supervisors, states, and curriculum developers to promote technology and engineering education program development and curriculum design from Pre-K through twelfth grade.
(200 pages). ISBN: 978-1-887101-11-0






Enhancing Science and Engineering in Prekindergarten through Fifth Grade
A challenge faced by U.S. schools in light of new standards is how to make elementary science education more robust. To help address this challenge, an expert committee will provide evidence-based guidance on effective approaches to preK-5 science and engineering instruction that supports the success of all students. The committee will evaluate the state of the evidence on learning experiences prior to school; promising instructional approaches and what is needed for implementation to include teacher professional development, curriculum, and instructional materials; and the policies and practices at all levels that constrain or facilitate efforts to enhance preK-5 science and engineering.
Upcoming Events


Enhancing Science and Engineering in Prekindergarten through Fifth Grade: Public Event (Irvine, CA)

June 14, 2022, 9:00AM - 3:00PM (ET) science -in-prekindergarten-through-fifth-grade





Science and Engineering in Preschool Through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and the Strengths of Educators
Starting in early childhood, children are capable of learning sophisticated science and engineering concepts and engage in disciplinary practices. They are deeply curious about the world around them and eager to investigate the many questions they have about their environment.
Educators can develop learning environments that support the development and demonstration of proficiencies in science and engineering, including making connections across the contexts of learning, which can help children see their ideas, interests, and practices as meaningful not just for school, but also in their lives. Unfortunately, in many preschool and elementary schools science gets relatively little attention compared to English language arts and mathematics. In addition, many early childhood and elementary teachers do not have extensive grounding in science and engineering content. science -in-prekindergarten-through-fifth-grade





PAST Foundation Summer STEM Opportunities
a) Outdoor STEM Summer Programs
This summer the PAST Foundation is partnering with multiple sites around Central Ohio to offer and provide a wide variety of engaging STEM experiences for students! 
Location: The Lawn at CAS
Outdoor Photography
Smart Plants
Dig It! Rocks, Geology, and STEM
Location: Mezzacello 21st Century Urban Farm
Project BioTech
Project BioEngineer
Project Renewables
Project BioChemistry
For any questions about our programs or how to register 
please contact us at programs
b) The STEM Identity Project
The PAST Foundation is the proud recipient of a $3,000,000 three-year Battelle grant that will impact and expand the formation of STEM identity in students across the Pre-K12 ecosystem. Traditionally, many students were not aware of STEM opportunities before their entrance into post-secondary enrollment and/or the STEM workforce. This project will change the diversity dynamics in STEM by introducing STEM concepts from the beginning of students’ formal educational experience and continuing throughout their educational journey. from-battelle-to-fund-the-stem-identity-project
d)  Who Wants to be a STEM School?
The OSLN Central Ohio STEM Action Center, powered by the PAST Foundation, will hold a FREE webinar on Wednesday, June 15 from 3PM-4PM EST for Central Ohio Schools who are curious and may be thinking about STEM Designation. Our team will go through what to expect, the process involved, and the support the Central OHIO STEM Action center can provide to you as your school goes through this process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from other administrators, and the Ohio Department of Education, as well as OSLN. Bring your team and learn about the benefits of becoming STEM Designated
e) Central Ohio STEM Action Center
The OSLN Central Ohio STEM Action Center is the nuclei of regional STEM Activity. We facilitate partnerships that amplify and accelerate existing STEM programs within the region.  We share resources with regional STEM collaborators, including Ohio’s 26 K-8 STEM Programs of Excellence, and we facilitate partnerships with local entities representing K-12, higher education, community, and business. Each hub leverages these relationships to connect and spread STEM efforts throughout its region.
Anyone from educational institutions, business, government entities, community organizations, and the media can become involved with the OSLN Central Ohio STEM Action Center and STEM education. center
The PAST Foundation powers the OSLN Central Ohio STEM Action Center





BGSU Summer Enrichment Camp  
Free camps are once again being offered remotely to give students in grades 3 through 8 the flexibility to learn without coming to campus. Student participants will enjoy engaging lessons related to content material to help prepare them for the upcoming school year. Every day for two weeks, students will engage in online interactive learning taught and designed by trained expert teachers. During the camps, students will work directly with their camp instructor and same-age peers, enjoying a variety of activities to pique their interest in learning and deepen their knowledge.

·Session 1: June 13-24, 2022

·Session 2: July 11-22, 2022

Students can select two free sections to enrich their learning every day for two weeks. Additional sections are available for $59 per section.



·Language Arts

·Social Studies
Ignite STEM Camp
Bowling Green State University
June 25-July 1 and July 25-29
Students who will be in 3rd to 5th grade in the fall of 2022 are invited to attend the Ignite STEM Camp the week of June 25th -July 1st. With 6th to 8th grades being invited to the camp the week of July 25th -29th.
A fun-filled, week-long camp at BGSU, students will engage in thought-provoking experiences about teamwork, problem-solving, and the connections between STEM 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. and-youth-programs/academic-summer-programs/ignite-stem- .html





Ohio Girl Scouts STEM Initiatives
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland announced plans Tuesday for a $16-million facility geared toward attracting more women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. 
The STEM Leadership Center & Maker Space will be at Camp Ken-Jockety in Galloway and is part of Girl Scouts of the USA's goal of putting 2.5 million girls in the STEM pipeline by 2025.
The proposed facility would have science and technology labs, and a space to learn in-demand trade skills like welding, mechanics, and carpentry. There also would be a new greenhouse for gardening programs and a commercial kitchen for farm-to-table programming.
The STEM facility won’t be limited to just the Girl Scouts. Central Ohio school districts will be able to use the facility for field trips. scouts-columbus-maker-space-fundraising.html
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
GSNEO has added new STEM programming and plans to build a STEM Center of Excellence. The facility, will be built at Camp Ledgewood located in Peninsula, and will provide a living laboratory for a larger group of youth to collaborate with local educators and experience year-round opportunities in robotics, computer coding, botany, chemistry, and more html





Sesame Street Mecha Builders
Sesame Street's first-ever 3D CGI spinoff combines lovable characters and a STEM curriculum for older preschoolers
Need help? The Mecha Builders will be there on the double to “plan it, test it, solve it!” Sesame Street Mecha Builders reimagines Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes-in-training who use their STEM superpowers to solve wacky larger-than-life problems. 
The series introduces children to STEM concepts like simple machines, force, and properties of matter, illustrated with help from the Mechas and their unique powers. Across 26 episodes – each containing two complete 11-minute stories – the friends get into all kinds of silly situations, whether they're using a wedge to split a giant banana for an ice cream statue or learning how to measure cables for a zipline through the trees. 
Season One premieres May 9 on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network and May 10 on Cartoonito on HBO Max builders
To celebrate the upcoming launch of Sesame Street Mecha Builders, Sesame Workshop and Warner Bros. Discovery are previewing the STEM-centric animated series on YouTube. The first eleven-minute story, "Sesame Street Mecha Builders: They Sent Us a Pie," can be found on the Sesame Street YouTube channel now. The series officially debuts in May on Cartoonito, Warner Bros. Discovery's preschool programming block on HBO Max and Cartoon Network.





Looking for great summer learning activities?
Meet Brown Dog Gadgets and their line of crafty, STEM-based circuitry kits! We now offer:

·Paper Circuits

·Sewing Circuits

·Solar Bugs


Perfect for summer camps, out-of-school groups, and library programs. Free lessons, videos, and activities are available online. dog-gadgets/





A teen inventor demonstrates his mind-controlled prosthetic arm
McLean, Virginia-based 17-year-old Ben Choi is a 2022 finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the nation’s oldest science and math competition for high school seniors. His low-cost, 3D-printed invention: A mind-controlled prosthetic arm. controlle d-prosthetic-arm-video




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!

Bob Claymier