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MindStretched is a professional blog that was started to record practical contact with STEM experiences. The posts are observation of facts or events through professional and personal exposures of being an Extension educator and a mother that’s trying to set apart the critical 21st century skills and careers of the now and beyond.

Meghan Thoreau is an OSU Extension Educator in Community Development with a focus on preparing Pickaway County youth for STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) Meghan works collaboratively with a team of Extension professionals, volunteers, campus collaborators, and community partners to provide leadership for the development, production, and evaluation of educational programs and applied research to foster STEM educational opportunities that increase career attainment in STEM fields.

More specifically she provides leadership and programming to meet current and future needs related to STEM education with Pickaway County schools. She works in conjunction with the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, Pickaway WORKS, school district curriculum directors, teachers, economic development organizations, local businesses, and OSU collaborators.

She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an avid traveler and has lived in a number of places, including Western Wyoming, Upstate New York, and Eastern South Dakota, before moving with her family to Central Ohio. She’s worked with communities both at the municipal and grassroots levels and has always strived to strengthen communities and increase the quality of life for residents.

She strongly believes in Extension and the purpose of linking current knowledge and research into our daily lives and works to solve today’s educational challenges and secure a vibrant future for our communities and residents.

Meghan received a BS in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MRP Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Click to view her, Curriculum Vitae.

Additionally, ‘click here’ and learn more about the STEM Pathways Signature Program Initiative and visit go.osu.edu/PickSTEM Community Development & STEM Events and News in Pickaway County, OH. Learn more about STEM Club Programming, visit, u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/. Contact her directly, 740.474.7534, thoreau.1@osu.edu.