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Summer Of STEM


Summer of STEM creates opportunities for students to explore STEM learning and careers specifically during the summer months.


Out of school kids often forget what they’ve learned, resulting in summer learning loss or the “summer slide.”   Summer of STEM aims to:

  1. Dramatically increase the number of people, especially parents and families, that are supporting students to pursue STEM education and careers.
  2. Make high-quality STEM summer programming accessible to significantly more K-12 students in our region, especially diverse,  disadvantaged children.

Summer of STEM 2017 planning is actively underway!  Click here for ideas and inspiration to engage students in learning STEM all year long.

Round 1 Summer of Summer 2017 mini-grant recipients

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Final Brief Summer of STEM 2016

August 10 Learning Community Debrief

IGNITE Engineering Report

Summer of STEM WVXU Interview

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Summer of STEM adds fun learning to students’ carefree months out of the classroom

New Summer of STEM program takes off in Cincinnati

2016 Summer of STEM Mini-Grants 

Summer of STEM Twitter Feed

Supporters & Sponsors Mar 27


3D Printers Club

Students design solutions to real-life problems and print them right in the classroom!

Read about Greater Cincinnati’s first-ever 3d Printers Showcase here

Not a current partner and want to get involved?  Contact gcscstemed@gmail. today!

The GCSC 3d Printers Club is a “heads on, hands on” project; it uses an exciting, hot new technology to engage middle school students . . . .3D printers! After school, at school students design their very own 3D objects. The GCSC 3d Printers Club curriculum reinforces math and science principles taught during the school day. Through the involvement of volunteer coaches and STEM professionals who use 3D printing in the workplace, the club also exposes students to STEM career possibilities.

Student results include:

  • 55% increased technical skills
  • 40% saw 3d printers as a way to address real-world problems
  • 17% increased understanding of STEM usefulness and application
  • 15% increased ability to look at a situation in several different ways
  • 12% increased understanding in the value of learning new technology

2017 3d Printers Clubs and STEM Bicycle Clubs

3d Printers Club Twitter Feed

2015-2016 Impact Report

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3d Printers Club in the News

3-D Printing Club Teaching Innovation

STEM Clubs Set Students on Path for Lucrative Careers

STEM Clubs set students on path for lucrative careers

Thanks to Best Buy and UC CECH for Fueling Local Economy

2016 Best Buy Awards GCSC grant to continue operations of local 3D Printer Clubs 

Holmes Middle School (Covington) 3d Printers Club

Educational Enthusiasm STEMming from the Third Dimension

Awesome pictures from the Corryville Catholic 3d Printers Club (UC Students volunteered here!)

Women of United Way of Greater Cincinnati at South Avondale 3d Printers Club

2015 Soapbox Media Article Covering the 3d Printers Club

River City News Article about the 3d Printers Club

Designer in Action

Sponsors-Partners Mar 27





It’s Electrifying

Students created hands-on projects, after learning about energy and power!


During spring, 2014 the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (GCSC) and Cincinnati State, with financial support from the Grainger Foundation launched It’s Electrifying. This project uses the subjects of energy and power coupled with hands-on, problem-based challenges to energize students and stimulate their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning. In Part 1 of the project, students learned the principles of electrical power generation and artificial lighting.  In two-person teams, students assembled custom hand-crank generators and measured the effect of various 60W lighting loads (such as incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED).  Part 2 challenged student teams to hand-wind generators and select the optimal gear ratio to maximize electrical production with the hand-crank mechanism. The ultimate test of the generators’ effectiveness was a wheel-to-wheel drag race!  Grainger employees joined the students for race day, during which electric slot-cars raced down a 45-foot track with the energy generated by the students in (only!) 30 seconds.  In this part of the project students increased their skills in engineering drawing comprehension, workmanship, trouble-shooting, and teamwork.


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“The STEM Days give students a chance to learn about challenging, fun, good-paying careers right here in our area.”   Terri Brown, Director of College and Career Readiness for Kenton County Schools

Students toured a local manufacturing company to learn about careers in STEM.


Gateways STEM Days are centered on STEM careers in advanced manufacturing and provide a purposeful and meaningful learning experience for 9th and 10th grade students in Northern Kentucky high schools.  Each STEM Day begins at Gateway’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing with overviews of careers in the advanced manufacturing sector, job forecasts, and post-secondary education options.  Students then visit Gateway labs staffed by faculty and Gateway students, who conduct a demonstration or hands-on activity.  Finally, students visit a local advanced manufacturer to learn about one particular company, its job opportunities, and its expectations of its employees.   Company visits includes lunch and time on the manufacturing floor to observe high-tech manufacturing processes.



Share IT

An app that provides resources on the development of IT skills and information on IT careers.


This project will create an accessible, functional resource app that connects industry, faculty, administrators, students and parents to find programs, funding, equipment, mentors and host of other resources related to the development of IT skills and pursuit of IT careers.  UC is working with Hughes STEM High School as a development partner.  Click here to learn more about the app:



Drop Zone

Initial online content is the open sourced curriculum “Drop Zone” for 6th-8th graders who must determine how to drop emergency supplies in a target location.


This scenario was created for the GCSC to be used for grades 6-8. It is aligned to grade band standards in the areas of math, science, technology, and engineering.  The Drop Zone unit is made up lessons that can be used independently or sequentially.  The lessons have a strong focus in authentic learning and are designed for students to research the information needed and to build their own products. There are not necessarily right or wrong answers for parts of this unit. The Drop Zone is just one of the resources on our community collaboration site. Click here to find the Drop Zone curriculum.




Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Students designed and presented their micro-gravity experiment proposals at the Cincinnati Museum Center, to experienced scientists.


Teams from 9 CPS schools designed micro-gravity experiments to be conducted in space. Students presented their experiment proposals at the Cincinnati Museum Center, to experienced scientists.  Three experiments were selected for further evaluation by the national SSEP committee.  One of these experiments was selected to fly aboard the International Space Station in Spring!



Lunar Research Base

Students were given the opportunity to become a scientist/astronaut and learn how light plays a role in space exploration.


The LRB Project was an immersive simulation using an inquiry-based learning approach that fostered team building and introduced Fairfield Intermediate 5th grade students to STEM careers.    Participants discovered the critical role light plays in space exploration and investigated properties of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The project included a simulated space mission (iMISSION) in which students immersed into the role of an astronaut or space scientist and challenged to apply STEM skills in a fun, unique, and challenging way.