Teaching students how to solve real-world problems, and giving them experience solving real-world problems, is critical to their development as future problem solvers – and that’s why, three years ago, the Ohio Stem Learning Network (OSLN) started hosting statewide design challenges.
The first year, they asked students to come up with solutions to the opioid crisis, and last year, they asked students to develop ideas about how to make their communities more heart healthy. This year, OSLN partnered with Education Projects, Ohio Corn and Wheat, and the Ohio Soybean Council to ask students to imagine, prototype, and design a solution to food insecurity in their life, community, or world. You can find more information and learn how to sign up for the 2019 design challenge at www.osln.org/design.
Luckily, we have two amazing women joining us to unbox this huge topic: Heather Sherman and Jeanne Gogolski. Heather is the Director of Ohio’s STEM Learning Network and Stem Relationship Manager for Battelle Education and Jeanne is the Founding Partner of educationprojects.org, one of the industry partners for this year’s challenge.
Follow @OSLN on Twitter for updates as they visit many of the students and classrooms tackling this challenge. You can also follow the hashtag #STEMFeedsOhio to see what students are coming up with, and if you’re participating, we’d love you to use the hashtag so we can see what you’re working on, too!