Category Archives: Previous Projects

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!



IBM e-Mentoring

Volunteers provide students with online academic guidance and career counseling, while letting them know that adults care about their issues and concerns.


This project created and nurtured technology-enabled mentoring relationships between IBM employees and “at-risk” students from Deer Park Junior / Senior High School.  For two years IBM mentors guided the students through an online eMentoring curriculum designed to increase students’ self-awareness, confidence, and interest in STEM career fields.