Senator Widener Talks Global Impact STEM

Recently, Senator Widener joined Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President Jack Fisher on Town Hall Ohio's weekly radio program to discuss his concept for Global Impact STEM Academies.  

"The concept is to go into urban environments and begin to study energy, environment, bioscience, and food science," Widener said.  "It would be project-based learning that the industry is working, like how do you get that fifth bean to grow in a soybean pod?"

You can listen to the entire interview on the Town Hall Ohio radio program

Global Impact STEM Academies One-Pager

The Need for New Approaches to K-12 Education and Workforce Development

Global Impact STEM in the news.....

Springfield News-Sun: Springfield May Get Farm Science School
June 2, 2012
Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee said Saturday the university is committed to the creation of an agriculture science STEM school program, and believes Springfield is a prime location for the school....Read More

Springfield News-Sun: Clark County to House Ag-STEM School?
April 12, 2012
Ohio State University - the state's only university with a college dedicated to agricultural sciences - has been a part of talks about a proposed agricultural science STEM school.....Read More

Springfield News-Sun: Ag-STEM School Proposal Defended
April 6, 2012
Despite some criticism, state Sen. Chris Widener says his proposed Agriculture STEM School would be good for Clark County and the state.......Read More

March 25, 2012
Talks about the Global Impact STEM Academy proposed by Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) continue and the landmark building, closed in 2008, is still one proposed location.....Read More 

February 13, 2012
While Gov. John Kasich stressed in his State of the State speech last week the need to match workforce training to Ohio's available jobs, three Republican senators are already working on a plan to get students, particularly from urban and suburban areas, motivated to join the state's largest industry ..... Read More

January 30, 2012
One in seven Ohio jobs are in the agricultural bioscience field, but the number of students and teachers in agricultural education has fallen by 5 percent recently, according to state Sen. Chris Widener.....Read More

January 26, 2012
State Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) said he wants to start a school called the Global Impact STEM Academy here.  It would operate similar to the science, technology, engineering, and math schools like the Dayton Regional STEM School, but dedicated to agricultural bioscience.....Read More

November/December 2011
Even Google is stumped.  Search for 'agbioscience' and it answers "did you mean...?"  My spellchecker red-lines it, and in conversation it elicits a look of acute confusion.  Agbioscience.  Add it to your vocabulary, because it can revive Ohio.....Read More

April 16, 2010
Andre Hall lives in the city and has never plowed a field or fed a hog, but he proudly wears the blue jacket long associated with the organization called Future Farmers of America.....Read More

Video: Essex Aggie

Courtesy of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Massachusetts 

Global Impact STEM Presentation

Global Impact STEM Presentation

Ohio Farm Bureau's Agriculture Roadmap

OFBF Roadmap

Local FFA Members Provide Input to Senator Widener

Ohio FFA News_Mid January 2012