Partnership Continues to Enrich Scholars

Battelle Recognizes STEM, Goodyear
Posted on 05/17/2023
Image of Battelle logoThe Ohio STEM Learning Network unveiled the four winners of the “STEM Excellence Awards.” These awards recognize outstanding teachers, school leaders or education advocates who advance quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Ohio. The awardees were unveiled as part of the inaugural Ohio STEM Innovation Summit, the state’s first statewide summit for STEM education.

Battelle manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network as a public-private partnership with the State of Ohio as part of the company’s commitment to preparing the next generation of innovators.

“Quality STEM education in our state will foster the next generation of Ohio innovators,” said Kelly Gaier Evans, Director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network for Battelle. “Each of the individuals and organizations honored tonight have gone above and beyond in their dedication toward creating pathways to success for students.”

This year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network awarded the following:

Excellence in STEM Partnership Award
The Excellence in STEM Partnership Award recognizes an established partnership that prioritizes a commitment to STEM education. Partners may include industry, higher education, community partner or a partnership within the arts.

This year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network honors the partnership between The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF®) STEM High School in Akron, Ohio

Goodyear provides expertise to teachers to ground problem-based learning in real-world challenges. Recently, the company helped the school build a new challenge where students designed and tested tires for robotic rovers exploring Mars. Employees serve as an authentic audience for students’ presentations. Goodyear also invests in the school by providing in-classroom engagements and scholarships, as well as learning events for teachers. NIHF® STEM HS also contributes back to Goodyear. The school is educating the future STEM workforce in relevant industry-based problems and building deep connections within Akron to students, teachers and parents.

Visit to read more about the other three honorees.
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