All posts by Mary Adams

Summer Of STEM

Out of school students often forget what they’ve learned, resulting in summer learning loss or the “summer slide.”  This heavily-researched problem disproportionately affects low-income students.

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

Apply for a GCSC Summer of STEM 2020 Camp Today!

Coding Camp Overview

Summer of STEM 2019 Impact Brief

Read about the 2nd annual End of Summer / Back to School STEM Festival here!

Thank you, Summer of STEM 2019 Festival Exhibitors! Montage #1 Montage #2

Check out this great line-up of summer 2019 GCSC-supported camps!

Summer of STEM 2018 Impact Brief

Check-out the full Summer of STEM 2018 gameplan

Girls in STEM do Summer of STEM

Summer of STEM WVXU Interview

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

New Summer of STEM program takes off in Cincinnati

Summer of STEM Twitter Feed

3d Printers Club

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

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.

2019-2020 3d Printers Clubs and STEM Bicycle Clubs

2018-2019 Impact Brief

Bethel-Tate Student Reporters’ Coverage of the 3d Printers Showcase

University of Cincinnati Coverage of the 2019 3d Printers Showcase (scroll to 2nd article)

Check out this photo album of the 2019 3d Printers Showcase

2019 3d Printers Showcase – GCSC Summary

Video featuring the Bond Hill Academy 3d Printers Club

2018-2019 3d Printers Clubs Map (they’re all over the region!)

“Learning to Create” 3d Printers Club Video 

2018 3d Printers Showcase – Part II

2018 3d Printers Showcase – Part I

Student Project

See Hyde Park School 3d Printers Club here


3d Printers Club Spotlights

GE Additive Video “Leveling the Printing Field” featuring  Cincinnati Public Schools (Hyde Park School) teacher Jessica Hughes and her students

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

Girls in STEM

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

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!



iSPACE iMission

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


The Lunar Research Base Project led by iSPACE 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 program has continued as 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.  Contact iSPACE to learn more.