Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has received a $27,000 award through a Central Ohio STEM Grant from Battelle that will provide support for the development and operation of a summer camp for high school students and teachers that will focus on multimedia data storytelling in the context of environmental science.

In total, 16 out-of-classroom education programs were funded by Battelle. This is the eleventh year for the competitive awards program with the largest ever annual investment: $985,000. The grant program now totals more than $6.5 million in support for local STEM programming.

"These creative and impactful projects will expand access to STEM education across Central Ohio," said Wes Hall, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Education at Battelle. "The 2024 programs integrate diverse fields like music, agriculture, and environmental science. Through this investment, Battelle aims to spark curiosity and inspire thousands of young minds in our communities."

ODU’s program, which is slated for June 2025, will combine data analytics, journalism and art to study species migration patterns. Participants will engage in the full cycle of a scientific investigation, starting with background knowledge acquisition, formulating questions, data collection, exploratory data analysis of collected and existing data, identifying a data story and creating a narrative to share the story through discussions and presentations. Teachers will also explore ways of incorporating data projects into their teaching and receive Professional Development Certification for attendance.

ODU will begin taking applications for this camp in early 2025. For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Davis at davisa@ohiodominican.edu

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 https://www.battelle.org/.

OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,262 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors and nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican University does not discriminate against any person in employment or educational opportunities because of religious preference, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, non-performance-related handicap or veteran's status.