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Ohio Students Offer Heart Disease Solutions to State Leaders at Battelle Event

Posted on May 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 15, 2018)—Ohio students from 19 schools detailed their creative solutions to heart disease for an audience of leaders in health and STEM education at Battelle today. The students presented to representatives of the American Heart Association, Battelle, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Secretary of State.

One hundred students visited Battelle for the event, representing more than 2,800 Ohio students who participated in the 2018 Statewide Ohio Heart Health Design Challenge, organized by the Ohio STEM Learning Network. The network is a public-private partnership managed by Battelle.

This year’s event reached more students than ever. It also was the first statewide design challenge in Ohio open to elementary students. A group of first-graders created exercise videos for their class. Another team created plans for creation of a local park devoted to heart health. Older students created scientific presentations, including a statistical analysis of the benefits of calorie counting against exercise. 

At the event, students heard from: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted; Dr. Clint Koenig, Ohio Medical Director; Dr. B.J. Hicks, President of the Columbus American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and a neurologist at Riverside Hospital; Brenda Houston, Executive Director of the American Heart Association, Central Ohio; Lou Von Thaer, Battelle President and CEO; and Aimee Kennedy, Battelle Senior Vice President of Education, Philanthropy and STEM Learning. 

“The students who are tackling today’s real-world problems are honing skills they’ll need to solve the complex issues of the future,” said Battelle’s Aimee Kennedy. 

Participating schools include: 

  • National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School – Akron
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School – Akron 
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish School – Akron 
  • STEAMM Academy @ Hartford Middle School – Akron 
  • Winchester Trail Elementary School – Canal Winchester
  • Allen Elementary – Chillicothe 
  • Chillicothe Middle School
  • Mt. Logan Elementary – Chillicothe 
  • SCOPES (Science Cooperative of Physicians and Elementary Students) Academy at Unioto Elementary School – Chillicothe
  • Cleveland School and Science and Medicine 
  • Metro Early College High School – Columbus 
  • Metro Institute of Technology – Columbus
  • Ann Simpson Davis Middle School – Dublin
  • Ridgeview STEM Junior High – Pickerington
  • Herbert Mills Elementary – Reynoldsburg 
  • Health Sciences & Human Services STEM Academy (HS)2 – Reynoldsburg 
  • Kalida High School
  • Chase STEMM Academy – Toledo 
  • Valley STEM + ME2 Academy – Youngstown

About the Ohio STEM Learning Network
The Ohio STEM Learning Network was created in 2008 with five schools. Today, the network has grown to 55 total STEM schools, which enroll more than 18,000 students. The schools are supported by seven regional hubs.

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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