Battelle 2022 STEM Grants Announced

Photo: stem students learning about botany in botanical garden

Programs include instruction in architecture, fashion, agriculture, a pass for the Columbus Museum of Art and more.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2022)–Battelle’s STEM Grant Program has funded a new portfolio of 11 out-of-classroom education programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in Central Ohio students. As a non-profit philanthropic trust, Battelle directs the majority of its giving to STEM-related programming to provide opportunities for students to develop skills to become the next generation of innovators.

This is the ninth year for these competitive awards, and the $500,000 to fund new or expanded learning programs in Central Ohio brings the program’s total investment to more than $4.8 million.

 “We’re proud to support these community programs that extend STEM learning beyond the traditional classroom,” said Lou Von Thaer, President and CEO of Battelle. “These innovative opportunities can help unleash creativity and build the skills that will be useful to students in the future, and it’s the kind of work our scientists and engineers do every day.”

 The learning activities funded by Battelle are:

Capital University’s Girls in Science Days  

Capital University hosts 100 middle school females for a day of science experimentation and STEM career and education exploration.

Capital University Science Kits  

Two separate science-to-go kits will be assembled and delivered to all 8th grad students at Rosemore Middle School in Whitehall, Ohio.  

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation

This program delivers YouMedia technology kits for library branches without YouMedia technology centers, creating access for students throughout Franklin County and engaging some of our most at-risk students in high-interest activities that develop tech skills

Columbus Museum of Art  

The WonderPass program engages students and their families in creativity during school breaks, using the museums dynamic engagement strategies to help families support learning.

Friends of the Conservatory/Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Conservatory’s Camp STEM is a partnership with Columbus City Schools to blend CCS’ six-week summer enrichment program with hands-on, STEM-based programming inspired by the fun, informal investigative learning experience from the Conservatory’s summer camps.

Gladden Community House

Mind Map 2022 is an afterschool program to leverage the innovation of the neighborhood of Franklinton and beyond to offer hands-on, out-of-classroom STEM experiences.

Highland Youth Garden

Highland Youth Garden will work with teens from Columbus’ West Side and Hilltop areas to explore STEM learning at its outdoor agricultural facility.

The Center for Architecture and Design

The Camp Architecture and Design and High School Design Studio connects youth to architecture and design through engaging, innovative projects, presentations, and tours led by professionals in design fields.

Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resources Center  

The Kids Club “Full STEAM Ahead” will engage students K-5 with multi-disciplinary STEAM adventures that will inspire life-long applications of STEM.

Columbus Fashion Alliance

CFA's High School Fashion Club builds upon the principles of STEM to bolster the academic and career skills of participants through the lens of fashion.

Ohio Soybean Council Foundation

The Ohio Soybean Council will reach 400 students in central Ohio afterschool/summer programs with agriculture-related entrepreneurship lessons, delivered by trained pre-service educators from Ohio State University.

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May 11, 2022


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