STEM Outreach and Facilities to Visit

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Recommended Activities to Explore @ Home

Are you physical distancing at home and looking for a range of STEM activities to do with your family? Check out these recommendations from our outreach professionals!

Activity Topics Target Age
Create a Masterpiece: Color a Science Snapshot Earth science, geography, polar research 3 to 12
Complete a Virtual Puzzle History, exploration 5 to adult
Explore Kelleys Island in VR Earth science, geography 10 to adult
Look at Earth's Atmosphere with Fluid Earth Viewer Earth science, geography, atmospheric science 10 to adult
Franklin Park Conservatory's Virtual Experiences Plants, gardening, cooking All ages
Plant Science Videos Plant science, STEM careers, biofuels, bioproducts Middle & high school
Citizen Science Projects in all Disciplines Citizen science, biology, plants 16 to adult
STEM Investigations for Families STEM, sensemaking Children, PK+ with parents
Astronomy and Underrepresented Groups Astronomy, webinar Middle school to adult
STEM Lectures Birds, fungus, science Middle school to adult
Coloring the Collections - Museum Animals and Plants Animals, plants, museum collections 5 to adult
NOAA Activity Book - Oceans, Salmon, & Orca Oceans, salmon, orca, coloring 3 to 12
Tour of the Smithsonian Natural history, Earth scineces, tour All ages
Learn about Infectious Diseases Through Gameplay Infectious disesease, epidemiology, STEM careers Middle & high school
Vaccine Activity Book Vaccines, germs 5 to adult
Medication Safety, Prevention Education, & Drug Safety Medication safety, opioids K-12
Four Color Fest Activity Book by Melinda Lanius Mathematics 3 to adult
BAMM Puzzle Posters Mathematics, chess, puzzles, probability 12 to adult
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Webinars Mathematics, puzzles, games, challenges K-12, adults

 

Contributing Centers and Departments

While the centers and departments listed below are not offering in-person programs at this time, their teams are still available for virtual programs and consultations on learning experiences.

 

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is focused on polar and climate studies. The Center’s mission is to engage in world-leading research, education, and outreach that enhance The Ohio State University’s programs in polar and alpine regions, cyrospheric processes, reconstruction of past climates, climate variability and change, and the impacts of climate on the environment and society. The center runs regular public programs, and group tours can be arranged.

Public Events Group Tours Educational Activities & Lessons

Contact the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center staff at byrd-contact@osu.edu with any additional questions.
 

Center for Applied Plant Sciences

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) supports interdisciplinary research that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to address challenges in four strategic areas, 1) photosynthesis and carbon fixation, 2) biomass and bioproducts, 3) crop improvement and functional foods, and 4) plant-microbe interactions. CAPS is committed to sharing science with the public through K-12 programming and community outreach events.

Outreach Programs Online Education Resources  

Contact the CAPS Education & Outreach Specialist at price.1217@osu.edu with any additional questions.
 

Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center

Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) is an important model system for plant science research. The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) provides seeds and DNA resources for Arabidopsis and related species to researchers and educators worldwide. The ABRC Outreach program aims to bridge the gap between Arabidopsis research and science education. ABRC offers a variety of outreach programs available to school and community groups including field trips, classroom visits, school and community events and teacher workshops.

Outreach Programs    

Contact ABRC staff at ABRCedu@osu.edu for additional information or to request a program.

 

Arne Slettbak Planetarium

The Arne Slettebak Planetarium is located in Smith Laboratory on The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, serves the university and central-Ohio with educational programs in Astronomy and beyond. Operated since 1968 by the Department of Astronomy, it is a 63-seat 30-foot dome theater with a state-of-the-art Spitz SciDome XD digital projection system giving exquisite views of the night sky and takes you on digital journeys to the planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

Outreach Programs    

Contact planetarium staff at planetarium@osu.edu with any additional questions.

 

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park (ORWRP) is a 52-acre urban ecological site consisting of two experimental wetlands, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest, a shortgrass prairie, and a mesocosm compound. The Heffner Research and Education Building  houses a 65-seat classroom, analytical and teaching laboratories, an experimental wet laboratory, offices, and meeting spaces. In 2008, the ORWRP was distinguished as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The greater mission of the ORWRP is to acquire and communicate knowledge of water quality and aquatic ecosystems through research, teaching, and outreach. The ORWRP plays an important role in developing solutions to pressing environmental conservation and management issues in Ohio, nationally, and internationally.

Overview Public Events Group Tours
Outreach Activity Form Teaching Activity Form Research Activity Form

The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. For larger groups (10 or more), a guided tour, or more information, contact the park staff at water@osu.edu.

 

Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium

The Ohio State University campus-wide sustainability goals include the commitment to be zero waste by 2025, meaning 90% of all waste is diverted from the landfill to recycling and compost. To help achieve this goal, the Department of Athletics is working to make game days zero waste. Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium works inside the stadium and in the tailgate lots to divert game day waste from the landfill, including outreach and fan engagement to help Buckeyes recycle right. Group tours are available to learn more about the program.

Outreach Programs    

Contact the Department of Athletics Sustainability staff at ATH-Sustains@osu.edu with questions or to request a tour.

 


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