COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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; along with Battelle’s CEO and President, Lou Von Thaer, and Senior Vice-President of Education, Philanthropy and STEM Learning, Aimee Kennedy.

“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 of 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 www.battelle.org.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or  delaneyk@battelle.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or  masseytr@battelle.org.

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