February 2016 Awards

Karen Irving

Karen Irving

Principal Investigator: Karen Irving, Department of Teaching & Learning

Co-Investigators: Brian Edmiston, Department of Teaching & Learning; Andrew Heckler, College of Arts & Sciences; Rachel Kajfez, College of Engineering; Kathy Malone, Department of Teaching & Learning

Project Dates: 01/20/2016 – 05/31/2017
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $148,866
Project Sponsor: Improving Teacher Quality, Ohio Department of Higher Education, US Department of Education

EiE-Ohio 2: Building 21st century STEAM learners

The EiE-Ohio – Building 21st Century Learners project is a collaboration between the Columbus City Schools (LEA), the OSU Colleges of Education & Human Ecology (Irving, Malone & Edmiston), Arts & Sciences (Heckler), and Engineering Education (Kajfez) to bring STEM integrated engineering units to high-needs elementary schools. The main activities for the project include continued support for schools involved in the first year of the project as well as training for 3 elementary teachers from Columbus City Schools and 1 graduate student to implement the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units designed by the Science Museum of Boston with support from the National Science Foundation. By introducing one teacher from each participating building to the EiE teacher educator training, the teachers in participating schools will have a peer mentor to guide their implementation of the EiE units with their students.

The first summer institute (1.6 weeks), scheduled at the end of the school year, introduces teachers to the EiE unit on windmills (early elementary) and a second unit on parachutes (upper elementary). Teachers complete the unit in student mode and offer critique from teacher mode. During Institute I, the Edthena video annotation software will be introduced and practiced. Each teacher participant will select up to two units (within the maximum budget allowed) for implementation during the following school year with Ohio Standards aligned content appropriate to their grade level. In Summer Institute II, held in mid-August l, teachers will have a 2-day opportunity to plan for implementation of their chosen units. The third element of the project includes Follow-Up Sessions to continue the community of practice and to provide opportunity to share and critique video of classroom implementation. The fourth element of the project includes support for the three schools who participate in year 1 to establish and support after school STEAM clubs.

Expected outcomes for the project include for teachers: improved pedagogy in STEM instruction; improved content knowledge in STEM fields; increased teacher self-efficacy, and increased teacher dialogue within professional learning communities. Expected outcomes for students include: increased content knowledge in STEM content; improved attitudes toward science and engineering career; improved understanding of engineering and scientific practices.


Nicole Luthy

Nicole Luthy

Principal Investigator: Nicole Luthy, Ohio Resource Center

Project Dates: 1/21/2016 – 12/15/2016
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $46,521
Project Sponsor: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Curious KIDSS: Kindling inquiry and discovery in Science and Social Studies





Natasha Slesnick

Natasha Slesnick

Principal Investigator: Natasha Slesnick, Department of Human Sciences

Project Dates: 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $365,432
Project Sponsor: Ohio Office of Attorney General; US Department of Justice

OSU STAR House: Engagement and stabilization services for homeless youth in Central Ohio

Funding from the OAG’s office is to identify, engage and provide treatment services for Columbus’ homeless youth, especially those who are GLBTQ, male sex workers and racial/ethnic minorities.