Science Newsletter-February 2022


Updates from the Ohio Department of Education

Virtual Meetups
The recording and session resources from the January Science Meetup on High-Quality Student Data in Science and Probing for Understanding is available on the Department website.

Please join the science team for their next session, Assessments in 3D Learning with their partners at Amplify Learning, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. Registration is required.

Please mark your calendar for Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 2022 for the Building Bridges for Educators Summer Conference hosted by the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies. Updates and session information can be found on the Department website.

Seeking Stakeholder Input for Early Learning and Development Standards
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness has released draft revised Early Learning and Development Standards. The draft standards represent the collaborative efforts of more than 150 early-care and education providers, technical assistance providers, content experts, state agency staff and other stakeholders. The standards are open for public comment through Feb. 18, 2022.   

The public comment survey is an opportunity for early childhood professionals, families, community members and other stakeholders to review the drafts and provide feedback. Additional revisions will be made to the standards, if necessary, depending on the feedback received.

The drafts for review are listed below: 

To learn more about the standards review and revision process, visit the Department’s Early Learning and Development Standards Review and Revision webpage.

Opportunities from Other Organizations

$132,000 Available for Ohio Juniors and Seniors through Believe in Ohio
Qualified Ohio Juniors and Seniors are invited to apply for a Believe in Ohio STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes Ohio students for their contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Designed to ensure inclusion from across the state, the program provides at least one $1,000 scholarship in each of Ohio’s 99 State House of Representative districts and in each of the 33 Ohio State Senate districts. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2022. For more information, visit Believe in Ohio Scholarship.

Feed the World: Focus on Energy and Ethanol Workshop
Feed the World, a collaboration of Ohio Corn & Wheat and Education Projects, is offering its Focus on Energy and Ethanol Workshop Feb. 17, 2022. Participants will explore how the agriculture industry is creating quality feed and fuel while helping the environment. Lessons connect with Ohio’ Learning Standards in grades 7 and 8 science, biology, chemistry and environmental science. Participants will network with industry professionals and fellow educators and connect agriculture to their science classroom through a variety of labs focused on renewable fuels. Each participant will receive kit materials to perform the corn fermentation, corn mash and distillation labs in the classroom.

This workshop is open to Ohio teachers only. All expenses, including materials and food, are paid, and CEU certificates for .7 CEUs/7 contact hours are provided. To register or for more information on this workshop and other upcoming opportunities provided by Education Partners, check out their website.

My NASA Data Provides Resources for Teaching about the Volcano and Tsunamis in Tonga
The most recent volcanic eruption on Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’pai and the associated tsunamis have students asking many questions. My NASA Data provides videos and lessons to explore volcanoes, help explain what happened in Tonga, teach about the earth dynamics at work in the island’s creation a few short years ago and make connections to how this impacts exploration of Mars and beyond.

NASA has created many resources like My NASA Data and NASA eClips to add engaging and thought-provoking multi-media dimensions and inquiry experiences to your science instruction. This presentation on the Nature of Science highlights the many facets of science while the NASA Spotlite program challenges students through providing a platform for students to compete by exercising the science and engineering practices of investigation and communication to create engaging videos which help combat a science misconception. The winter/spring 2022 competition is now open and the deadline for submissions is March 25, 2022.

Register here to participate.

New Title II Resource Created to Empower Educators
Learning Forward has announced the launch of Powered by Title II, a website designed to provide background facts and data on Title II, the largest source of federal funding for professional learning.

Use the Powered by Title II website to raise awareness of the importance of Title II in your community and to develop your advocacy plan.



The resources in this newsletter are free and have been reviewed using the Department’s Science resource filter against established criteria. Copies of the completed filter forms are available upon request. Inclusion in this newsletter does not represent a recommendation to use a resource. Many quality resources are available beyond those included here. Educators should use their professional expertise to determine the suitability of any particular resources for use in their districts, schools or classrooms.

Send comments/questions to:

Robin Deems, Science Consultant,