Science Newsletter-October 2021


Opportunities from Other Organizations

Ohio Corn Education Offers Educator Professional Learning

Ag is STEM: Teaching Science Through Agricultural Systems
Come work with The Ohio State University faculty to learn about agricultural concepts and how to integrate them into ecology-related lessons to meet Next Generation and Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. See how agricultural concepts connect to science courses related to life and environmental sciences. Sessions will be held Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-noon at Nationwide 4H Building on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, as well as online. Information and registration for sessions are available at Ohio Corn Education


Cornell Lab Announces 2021-2022 Webinar Series 

K-12 Education from Cornell Lab offers a variety of free webinars each month open to all educators. These fun and interactive webinars provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources and allow discussion for successful implementation of such information and activities. Each webinar is roughly 50 minutes with 10 minutes allocated for questions. For more information and registration links, visit Cornell Lab K-12 EducationArchived webinars also are available. 

Conservation Curriculum Available 

The Sportmen’s Alliance Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has developed a high school-level course, Conservation Science, focusing on conservation of the environment. The curriculum is targeted to 11th and 12th grade students, with traditional science topics taught in lessons applied to conservation, hunting, fishing and boating. Materials could be used as a standalone elective course or incorporated into an existing science or agriculture course. The course currently is being piloted; all materials have not been directly reviewed by the Ohio Department of Education science team. To receive more information, including samples of the book, labs, projects and more, teachers should complete this interest form

Ohio Academy of Science Provides Turn-Key and FREE Believe in Ohio Program to Increase "Culture of Innovation" 

The Ohio Academy of Science is committed to supporting Ohio's teachers by establishing and offering a fully developed, FREE, "turnkey" program focused on inspiring and rewarding students and teachers, as they embrace the Nature of Science. This cross-curriculum collaboration can easily be embedded into existing STEM, business and agricultural courses. Funded by the State of Ohio in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the goal of the Believe in Ohio program is to create a “Culture of Innovation” in Ohio high schools and middle schools and encourage students to continue their academic and career paths in Ohio by providing college scholarships to Ohio colleges, universities and technical schools. It accomplishes this by focusing on the practical application of STEM and related fields and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and critical-thinking skills students will need in the future.  

The Believe in Ohio program is a comprehensive, free experiential learning program for Ohio high school and middle school students. It was collaboratively developed by the Ohio Academy of Science and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio. Believe in Ohio’s personalized, student-centered learning experience allows participants to explore their own areas of interest and teaches them how to commercialize solutions to problems by developing a STEM Commercialization Plan or STEM Business Plan. Furthermore, Ohio teachers can earn up to seven professional development contact hours or complete coursework to earn a FREE credit hour from either Kent State University or Ashland University. Teachers also can earn grants for their classrooms and prize money for participating students. Don't let students miss out on the opportunity to earn up to $10,000 for an Ohio college, university or training program! For more information, visit Believe in Ohio.


Columbus Council on World Affairs Hosts a Discussion with TIME Magazine’s Kid of the Year 

The Columbus Council on World Affairs is privileged to host and interview TIME magazine’s 2020 Kid of The Year, Gitanjali Rao. The 15-year-old innovator, author and STEM promoter has a mission to create a global community of young innovators to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. Rao’s noteworthy work in STEM addresses issues ranging from potable water access to cyberbullying, and she’s just getting started. Her presentation will focus on the importance of young people taking action and why their perspectives are valuable when considering global issues. Students across Ohio will want to join them for this inspiring event Oct. 19, 2021, from 78 p.m. For more information about Gitanjali and to register, visit Columbus Council on World Affairs

The Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium is Back!  

After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19, the student wildlife research symposium is back! Join fellow student researchers Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Hueston Woods State Park as they reconnect for the 4th Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium as part of the 54th Annual Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) Conference. The symposium will kick off the EECO Annual Conference once again, which will continue through April 3, 2022. 

The Call for Proposals is open now, with a submission deadline of Jan. 14, 2022. Any middle or high school-age student may present a poster on research related to native Ohio wildlife and their habitats. Paper presentations are selected by a panel to fill a limited number of presentation slots. Paper presentations must be completed research. Posters can be either completed or ongoing research. Guidelines are included in the Call for Proposals. Submissions not selected for paper presentations will be allowed to present their research as part of the poster session. To learn more about this program, please view the session at the Ohio Department of Education’s Building Bridges conference in summer of 2021 or visit Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium to view the abstracts, poster topics and presentations from previous symposiums.

Future Cities Competition 

Future City Competition (FCC) is a STEM competition where middle schoolers (grades 6-8) work as a collaborative team paired with a mentor to image, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This year’s theme, “A Waste-Free City,” has a goal of designing a zero-waste city. The Ohio region competition is planning to remain virtual for this year’s competition. This opportunity will allow students to strengthen their math, science, writing, public speaking, problem-solving and time management skills. Register now! For more information about this competition or assistance in starting a team, please view Future City Ohio or send an email. To see videos of past competitions, check out this YouTube Channel.


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