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Ohio STEM Students Will Innovate to Keep Hearts Healthy

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2017)—Millions of Ohio families face sickness and even loss of life due to heart diseases. Today, the Central Ohio office of the American Heart Association and the Ohio STEM Learning Network are announcing a new way for students to tackle this important cause.

This year, several Ohio science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) schools will complete design challenges aimed eliminating heart disease. A design challenge is a multi-week project in which students learn by creating new solutions to real-world problems. Design challenges offer an approach to problem-based learning that can go deep into content areas while offering students a wide range of questions to consider.

Throughout the year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network will work with the American Heart Association to deliver resources and events for schools supporting the design challenge.

For today’s launch, the network posted materials for teachers, including an editable design challenge template and a fact sheet from the American Heart Association.

“The American Heart Association strives to help achieve maximum impact in equitable health and wellbeing for our community,” said Brenda Houston, Central Ohio Executive Director. “We are so thankful for the support of Battelle in giving students the opportunity to realize their amazing potential. The STEM network is fostering the next great minds in research and science.”

All Ohio schools are welcome to participate. Schools interested in joining should visit and register to receive future updates.

“Last year, we saw incredible creativity and depth in the solutions students created to the opioid crisis,” said Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle. “This challenge brings the focus directly to student’s own health and the kinds of technologies and science that they can use today to stay healthy.”

Building off last year’s successful statewide student showcase focused on the state’s opioid crisis, Battelle, which manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, will again host students at the company’s Columbus headquarters.

Several Ohio STEM Learning Network schools and schools outside of the network have already started planning design challenges around heart health. Participating schools include:

  • Akron STEM High School
  • Bio-Med Science Academy
  • Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
  • Chase STEMM Academy
  • Chillicothe City Schools
  • Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
  • DECA Prep and Dayton Early College High School
  • Herbert Mills STEM Elementary
  • Lake Middle School
  • Lincoln-West Science and Health
  • Marysville STEM Early College High School
  • Metro Early College Middle School
  • Ridgeview STEM Jr. High
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish School
  • Summit Rd. STEM Elementary
  • Tri State STEM+M Early College High School
  • Valley STEM + ME2 Academy
  • Willson Elementary
  • Winchester Trail Elementary School

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit

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