What do you do when rabbits keep getting into your garden; your dogs are going crazy or when you zipper gets stuck? Maybe you could ask an innovative St. Mary Chardon student to help! This year the Ohio STEM Learning Network challenged students from their Ohio STEM Designated schools to solve a problem they experience in their own lives and write about it. Students wrote about details of their problems, solutions they have already tried out and what their results were.
Essays from over 200 submissions including middle and high school students were reviewed and 6th grader Dillon Buzogany’s essay was chosen as Honorable Mention. There were only 2 other winners of the contest, so an honorable mention is a high honor. Dillon’s essay will be feature in a Student Spotlight on the OSLN website in the future. He wrote about how to prevent a zipper from getting stuck on the fabric of a coat. After a few prototypes, Dillon created a plow to put in front of a zipper that helped to push the fabric out of the way so the zipper could connect easily.
For 2018, OSLN opened up participation to elementary school students as well. Out of nearly 100 videos, 2 St. Mary Chardon students were featured in the “Favorites” section on the OSLN website; both from Mrs. Teri Merkle’s 2nd grade class. Becky Thur tackled the problem of animals getting into the family garden, while Daniel Doan discussed distraction techniques for when his dogs get too excited. Log on to check them out!
OSLN is more than a network that only assists in starting up STEM schools. OSLN has evolved to a network that leverages existing STEM schools and programs to spread effective practices and tools across the state and the nation. OSLN schools are non-selective STEM schools that are positioned to deploy innovative STEM concepts in the classroom and are expected to leverage the training centers to further spread those concepts.
St. Mary Chardon continues to follow the challenge presented by OSLN and the STEM designation to take on real world problems to teach their students for the future. We can’t wait to see what our students will come up with next year!
About St. Mary School
St. Mary’s School Chardon is a Catholic School for grades preschool through 8 where students are encouraged to develop academically in an environment of faith, with a vision for the future.
Pictured In Cover Photo: St. Mary’s 6th grader, Dillon Buzogany