iSPACE ignites passion for Science and Technology to prepare all learners to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce.
iSPACE, the STEM Learning Place, a non-profit organization, serving the Greater Cincinnati Region, makes learning exciting by providing engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs to schools, families and the community. iSPACE programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement teaching curricula but they reach beyond the formal classroom setting to spark curiosity and inspire interest in STEM. iSPACE uses best practices in innovative programs to help students and educators build confidence and interest in STEM knowledge and careers. Programs and partnerships are designed to fill the region’s future workforce in manufacturing, technology, research, health care and other STEM-related fields.
Participants explore robotics, rocketry, and more. They engage in active, hands-on problem solving and team-based projects, building the skills and confidence they’ll need in their future and as they join our region’s workforce with careers in manufacturing, technology, research, health care, etc.
iSPACE makes an impact in over 500 classrooms yearly. Our programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement classroom curriculum.
2015 iSPACE Highlights
Banner School Program Established
- School districts commit to providing a full grade level of students iSPACE hands-on programs for a minimum of three years.
- In 2015, three districts became banner schools – Fairfield City Schools, Milford Schools and Sycamore Community Schools
IGNITE Engineering Conducts Year 2 Programming
- The purpose of IGNITE is to work with under-served students, schools and educators to develop our region’s future STEM workforce. Students from Hartwell and Roselawn-Condon enjoyed acting as engineers for this second year of a seven-year program.
“Our class has learned an amazing amount of skills this year from being involved in iSPACE. The adult leaders are wonderful, very knowledgeable, skilled, and good with the children. In my 28 years of teaching, this is definitely the best program that has been brought to our students from an outside source. I am amazed how the children are able to incorporate these skills in other parts of the learning process. I wish every school student had such a terrific opportunity, but I am glad that my class has been able to experience this wonderful program.” – Kathie Russell, Hartwell Educator
Second Annual Spaghetti with Betty – Celebrating Girls in STEM
- Sixty young women from grades 5 through 12 participated in our annual Spaghetti with Betty event.
- iSPACE board member, Betty Huck, is a long time advocate for girls in STEM, recognizing and supporting young women in our region who are involved in STEM activities and interested in STEM careers.
- Besides having dinner with professional women in STEM careers, and listen and talk with guest speakers, girls have the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities.
iSPACE STEM Educators Academy
- During 2015, twenty-three area educators engaged in this 18+ hour content-based professional development for teachers.
“I cannot say enough thanks for making this free for us and giving us the tools and lessons we NEED! Through you having us experience the learning itself, you also gave us the same enthusiasm to go share the lesson as our students will eventually feel. As the year came to a close and my students tested, I not only felt like I taught them necessary components of our standards, but I was also excited that we had so much fun studying them together! Again, I cannot say enough positive about the training I have received this year through iSPACE.” – Tish Wodetzki, 5th grade teacher, John Foster Dulles Elementary