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Are you a Student in Ohio?

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Outside of Ohio?

Welcome Teachers!

Our goal is to unite and nurture the next generation of STEM leaders in Ohio by providing teachers with the tools to help students develop and present their STEM projects through the classroom, mentorship, events, and scholarships.

 

Discover how you and your students can engage in our state-wide programs using ProjectBoard – the ultimate platform for developing and showcasing projects.

Or contact OAS at stem@ohiosci.org

Help your student foster their ideas with our STEM project templates

If you're a classroom teacher, after-school program facilitator, or a homeschooling parent, our Project-Based Learning Templates on ProjectBoard serve as a starting point for your students to develop and refine their project ideas over a period of time. 

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Review student progress & provide feedback

As your students follow the scientific method or engineering design process, you can assess their work, offer feedback, and mark their progress along the way.

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Manage your STEM classroom and projects from one place 

Create a class on ProjectBoard, include fellow teachers and students, and oversee all project activities, whether they're in the process of project development or preparing project submissions for events.

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Encourage event participation for scholarships & resume building

With 3 State-Wide Events available to students across Ohio, your students can take what they worked on with you, and then submit it for a chance to win prizes or qualify for ISEF, the International Science & Engineering Fair!

SUBMISSIONS OPEN IN DECEMEBER 2023

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Cheer On Your Students at our Virtual Project Showcases

For students who meet the criteria for each STEM event, you and the public can explore and interact with the student project work presented in a format similar to Netflix. This is an excellent way to provide support for Ohio's talented youth throughout the state!

PROJECT SHOWCASES SET FOR SPRING 2024 

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Explore submissions and winning projects from State Science Day 2023.

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The state-wide event for all High School students in Ohio to qualify for Regeneron ISEF. 

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A curriculum-based, STEM entrepreneurship program for high school students.

OAS Program Timeline

For full description and schedule of events for 2023-2024

download the resource below.

2022-2023 Participants

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447

Teachers

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357

Schools in Ohio

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4,945

Students

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2,904

Projects Created

What Students Are Saying...

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ProjectBoard was simple and easier to keep track of all my forms, my papers, and it was easy to see if my project was approved, or still in progress. Overall, I would definitely use ProjectBoard again.

- 10th Grade Student

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I liked being able to view other projects from the site. It allowed me to read about some really interesting ideas!

- 11th Grade Student

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I like using ProjectBoard to submit my projects since it was a nice digital platform where everything I needed was on one site.

- 12th Grade Student

  • Is there a cost for Teachers to join?
    Nope! It's completely free.
  • What is involved in joining? What am I required to do?
    Joining is easy – just register online via ProjectBoard to begin. Resources are ready to assist your start, and you can ask questions or request a meeting with an OAS Staff member. Support is available – OAS is quick to respond, guiding you through resource use, competition rules, and program needs.
  • Why should a teacher join the OAS Community on  ProjectBoard?
    The OAS programs provide a way to connect classrooms to the real world, allowing educators to demonstrate the importance of STEM and entrepreneurship subjects. Through student-centered learning, students can enjoy a motivating path to achieving their academic goals. These programs offer ready-to-use curricular resources, mentoring, and professional support for implementation, all aligned with Ohio’s learning standards. Additionally, they expand educators' professional networks by connecting them with STEM professionals and community partners. The programs also support OTES 2.0 Accomplished ratings and naturally offer personalized learning and differentiation among students.
  • How can my students use ProjectBoard to submit projects to State-Wide Events?
    You can encourage your students to use the Project Submission Templates for the appropriate OAS program to enter OAS State-wide events.
  • What will my students get out of this experience?
    Participating brings many advantages to your class. It offers students a glimpse of what lies ahead, guiding their educational and career paths. They will acquire self-guided learning skills and essential abilities like critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and effective communication, all vital in today's changing job market. The ever-evolving landscape of innovation and technology impacts even unfamiliar industries and careers. Students will receive insights and feedback from STEM experts, presenting chances for recognition and scholarships. Their engagement will stand out on college applications, showcasing their distinct experiences. Furthermore, they'll connect with peers who share their passion for using science and technology to solve problems. Most importantly, this is an enjoyable and personalized journey, granting students control over their explorations. This involvement could also count toward the STEM Honors Diploma or serve as a notable Capstone Project for a special Graduation Seal.
  • Is there a cost for my students to join?
    No cost! Your students can collaborate on projects with you in the classroom for free. If they're keen on participating in our statewide events, there are small fees for District Science Day, State Science Day, Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair, and Ohio STEP. However, these fees will be collected when submitting projects for those events.
  • How can students participate?
    You can participate in 2 ways! Either as part of a class or program or on your own. We want to make this program accessible to all students who want to be involved! If you are an independent student, Contact OAS to receive an invitation to join our Independent class as you build your project. You may also be eligible to enter our state-wide events!
  • What will students get out of this experience?
    Participating brings many advantages. It offers you a glimpse of what lies ahead, guiding your educational and career paths. You will acquire self-guided learning skills and essential abilities like critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and effective communication, all vital in today's changing job market. The ever-evolving landscape of innovation and technology impacts even unfamiliar industries and careers. You will receive insights and feedback from STEM experts, presenting chances for recognition and scholarships. Your engagement will stand out on college applications, showcasing your distinct experiences. Furthermore, you'll connect with peers who share their passion for using science and technology to solve problems. Most importantly, this is a enjoyable and personalized journey, granting you control over your explorations. This involvement could also count toward the STEM Honors Diploma or serve as a notable Capstone Project for a special Graduation Seal!
  • What is involved in joining? What am I required to do?
    Joining is easy – just register online via ProjectBoard to begin. Resources are ready to assist your start, and you can ask questions or request a meeting with an OAS Staff member. Support is available – OAS is quick to respond, guiding you through resource use, competition rules, and program needs.
  • Is there a cost for students to join?
    No cost! You can collaborate on projects with you in the classroom or at home for free. If you're keen on participating in our statewide events, there are small fees for District Science Day, State Science Day, Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair, and Ohio STEP. However, these fees will be collected when submitting projects for those events.
  • Why would a student do a project-based learning template vs. just submit to an event?
    The benefits of doing a project-based learning template is your ability to showcase your learning as your work and inviting feedback to enhance your project. The template allows you to tap into provided resources for better explanations and more practice, improving your overall project. Additionally, it's a way to connect with peers who share your interests and STEM professionals who can enrich your understanding and provide future career support.
  • Why would I encourage my child to get involved with OAS?
    Parents are motivated to encourage their children's involvement in order to teach problem-solving skills through inquiry and design. This process involves higher-order thinking and mirrors what scientists, engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs use to make discoveries and create value. Hands-on STEM learning builds foundational skills that boost confidence, foster self-validation, and let students build their resumes and envision future success. It also helps provide pathways to scholarships and breaks barriers to post-secondary and career paths that might seem unattainable. Despite being required in Ohio's learning standards, inquiry-based learning and building prototype solutions aren't commonly part of standard lesson plans. Just as parents introduce kids to sports for foundational skills and fun, OAS programs serve the same purpose. These programs allow students to apply their knowledge in context, showing why future coursework matters. In short, they ignite and accelerate learning. Participating in OAS programs sets students apart on college applications. Outstanding students can earn awards and scholarships for their college resumes. In 2023, OAS granted in scholarships to high-achieving STEM students. Participating in OAS programs connects kids with other motivated peers, building both social and professional networks.
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