Shannon I. Steinfadt

Ohio Extracurricular Educational Programs (Ages 12-21+)

In school and looking for something to do?

This is an attempt to organize a listing of Ohio-centric, technically oriented programs for young people to participate in.  Any of the programs I've participated in have been, yes, educational but really a lot of fun and I made some great friends that way.  Not to mention how great it will look on college applications!  It's hard to find out about these programs sometimes, so hopefully this list will be helpful for you.

Ages Program Name
6-12th grades Buckeye FIRST Robotics Program
School Year - Year Round
All over the Ohio (and the US)
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions are exciting national engineering and robotics competitions.  Take a look at the "What's Going on in my Area" page for more info.

6th and 7th graders

K-12 Science & Math Teachers

Young Women's Summer Institute
Ohio State University and Ohio Supercomputer Center
Ohio’s brightest young women will share in the excitement of scientific discovery and analysis! Selected middle-school girls and teachers will receive hands-on training in scientific methodologies and the use of sophisticated technologies.
7th graders (going into 8th) B-WISER (Buckeye Women in Science, Engineering & Research
College of Wooster, Wooster
A week-long residential summer camp for girls who have completed the 7th grade.  A fun time!
7th graders (going into 8th) Future Engineers Summer Camp
Ohio State University
A week-long summer day camp for female students who will enter the 8th grade.
8th and 9th graders New Approach to Self Achievement (N.A.S.A.)
NASA Glenn, Cleveland
The N.A.S.A. Project is a 5-week summer program for students attending Cleveland Municipal and Lorain County Schools who will be eighth or ninth graders in the 2006-2007 academic year.
9th & 10th graders

Ohio Summer Honors Institutes

Colleges and Universities around Ohio
There are a number of programs and colleges that participate in this program. It's for gifted students in the 9th and 10th grade. Each program is 2 weeks long. I had a great time at the one in Cleveland State.

9th & 10th graders

Ohio High School Teachers

Ohio Supercomputer Center's Summer Institute
Ohio Supercomputer Center, Columbus, Ohio
SI is a two-week residential program that gives gifted Ohio high school freshmen and sophomores project-based, hands-on learning. Working in small peer teams, the students use supercomputers for practical applications such as solving complex science and engineering problems, conducting network forensics to catch hackers, studying the spread of the bird flu and designing computer games.

9th -12th grades+

School Year - Year Round
Many locations in Ohio and nationwide
These career-oriented posts are fun and educational.  I participated in Post 631, the Computer Technology post in the NASA Glenn program

Programs include Arts & Humanities, Aviation, Business, Communications, Engineering, Fire Service, Health, Law Enforcement, Law & Government, Science, Skilled Trades, Social Services
9th - 12th grades NASA Glenn / TSU College Bound Program
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee
Co-sponsored by TSU and NASA Glenn, this summer academic workshop is designed to introduce minority and female students to the profession of environmental engineering.
10th Graders HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation)
May - June
Several locations around Ohio

Ok, this isn't technically oriented, but it's still a great opportunity.  It's a one-weekend leadership seminar for high school sophomores that is very energizing and useful.

11th Graders Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted
Ohio State University, Columbus
A one-week residential program emphasizes leadership and responsibility for the many exciting career options open to students with exceptional abilities.
 Entering 11th & 12th Grades NASA Glenn High School Internships
NASA Glenn, Cleveland
A six-week internship for those interested in science, technology, engineering, math and professional administration.


College / University Students and Educators

Program Name
NASA Glenn College Internships (LERCIP)
NASA Glenn, Cleveland
A 10-week paid summer internship at NASA Glenn for college students.  Housing placement help is available for those located outside of the area.
Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing
Februrary 27-28, 2009
Mohican Resort and Conference Center
A bi-annual state-wide gathering to celebrate, educate, and recognize women in computing! The 3rd OCWIC will be in early 2009.


Additional Links

Your contribution of Ohio educational youth programs are readily welcomed.  Email me at (spelled out): ssteinfa ("at") cs ("dot") kent ("dot") edu with "Ohio Programs" as the subject heading of the email.  Thanks!


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