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Join Us for – “Tomorrow’s Learning Today” September 18, 2017 – Early Learning Center – Board Training Room 7 – 8:30 p.m.

WPE and Westerville City Schools are presenting the second of their Tomorrow’s Learning Today series of conversations, which have been designed to foster greater awareness and understanding of how educators are addressing the critical issues that impact out youth, our society, and our school system.

During Emotional Health – In and Out of the Classroom, community leaders, independent experts and school representatives will discuss the impact of students’ emotional health on learning in the classroom, as well as the importance of providing resources that contribute to the overall well-being of students. Topics to be explored in this session include:

  • Factors contributing to a growing number of youth experiencing emotional health issues
  • How academic programming & facilities can impact student emotional well being
  • Aspects of healthy peer-to-peer relationships
  • Support available to students through our schools and community
  • Tools and strategies for parents/community members to support and engage our     youth

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What do WE mean by STEAM?

steamimageScience. Tech. Engineering. Art. Math.

Are these specific five fields the best? Is that what we are saying?

STEAM is a great buzzword right now. STEM too. It’s everywhere. You can’t search for education on Twitter without reading about STEM or STEAM in education. If we aren’t talking about STEM or STEAM, we aren’t moving forward, right? We aren’t cutting edge. We aren’t being innovative, right? That’s the vibe right now. But what do we mean by STEAM? Let me tell you what we, at WPE mean by STEAM. When we talk about our STEAMHub and when we refer to Starry Night as a STEAM Learning Expo, I want you to know what we mean.

We are developing a STEAMHub for Westerville City Schools, and we are pretty passionate about it. The idea behind it is to create a network of organizations and businesses interested in working with and supporting our schools, educators and students in a variety of ways. We use the acronym STEAM to refer generally to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, but more broadly to refer not to promotion of any of these fields individually, but to the cross-pollination of education and to interdisciplinary learning. Our use of STEAM includes service learning and world cultures and leadership and reading and vocal education and robotics and creative writing and sign language, and refers to how learning inter-relates and cross-pollinate. How architecture relies on art and physics and math. How music draws on math and rhythms and art and, sometimes, athletics, too. And that vision of supporting interdisciplinary learning is our vision for supporting STEAM learning at Starry Night and in creating the STEAMHub-to build these relationships between organizations and our schools.

We are very excited about STEAM in education. We are passionate to support it here in Westerville. We’re always looking for organizations and individuals who share that idea for our schools. Join our email list to stay informed about our STEAM events, opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and ways to help support the schools! Click here to join our email list of supporters!


Columbus Underground

Check out our article in Columbus Underground this week about Starry Night 2014! Be sure to listen to WCBE on Wednesday at 8pm to hear Amy’s complete interview with Doug Dangler, host of Craft.


Starry Night over State Street

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Our banner is up this week! Huge thanks to HR Imaging for donating the printing of this wonderful banner to the event. It is so sturdy and we get so many compliments on it. Thank you!

Also huge thanks to Mary Curry for designing the banner! It’s gorgeous! We’re so lucky to have Mary and Kelley Femia (who designed our poster!) willing to donate their time to Starry Night. Their design work breathes life into our concept every year. Thank you!!!



Starry Night Press Release


Starry Night STEAM Festival Returns to Westerville

Hands-On Learning with Columbus’ Premier Educational Organizations

Westerville, OH-March 21, 2014–On Sunday, April 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the 2nd annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Avenue. The festival will offer the community interactive learning opportunities with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their caregivers and families, the event highlights natural resource conservation with the 2014 event theme, “The World is in Your Hands.”

Generous sponsor support brings diverse exhibitors together under one roof, including the Columbus Astronomical Society, the Westerville Library, the Ohio State University, Otterbein University, Capital University, the Fuse Factory, the Columbus IDEA Foundry, Inniswood Metro Gardens, Dawes Arboretum, and dozens of other organizations. Activities will spotlight robots, wildlife, origami, LEGOs, music, costumes, rockets, art, bonsai trees, the OSU EcoCar, the Dome Theater planetarium, and much more.

Starry Night 2014 features three special engagements open to all. At 3 p.m. the Ohio State University’s Meteorology Club will present members’ experiences tracking tornados and helping storm-affected communities. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. the Ohio Wildlife Center will share live animals, and at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Tom Burns, director of the Perkins Observatory, will treat families to his dynamic astronomy presentation.

Attendees can procure food from the Tortilla Street and Short North Bagel Deli food trucks on-site throughout the day.

“The festival’s approach offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on, project-based learning,” says Cherrington Elementary Principal, Andy Heck. “My students are really looking forward to it.”

Westerville Partners for Education envisions this event as an annual opportunity for families to learn together and to develop relationships with community organizations. “There are so many innovative and fascinating organizations in the area. Starry Night allows us to connect them with students and families, to enrich education and expose young people to new combinations of disciplines,” said Amy Raubenolt, Starry Night organizer. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

Westerville Partners for Education is a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching student learning across the Westerville City School District through innovative programming, engaging community volunteers in schools, and cultivating partnerships with organizations and businesses in support of education. For more information about the event, visit

NEW! Starry Night Event Maps are available!

Now you can get a peek at Starry Night 2014! (We’ll have these maps available at the door, too!)

So many outstanding organizations and businesses are coming. It’s going to be a lot of fun! I cannot wait!

(Click on the Exhibit Maps link below to see the maps in detail since the pictures show up a bit small.)

Exhibit Maps

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The Search for Life: Are we alone?

See a clip from one of the shows we’ll be showing in the Dome Theater at Starry Night 2014 on April 6.

Thank you to EarthFare!!

I’m thrilled to welcome EarthFare to Starry Night as our newest Saturn sponsor! EarthFare will have an exhibit at Starry Night and is providing fruits, vegetables and bakery items for our volunteers. THANK YOU for helping us take care of our kind volunteers!

Look for their exhibit at Starry Night-it will give you a chance to use all your senses! Yum!


Oxford Consulting Sponsors!

Thrilled to announce that Oxford Consulting is returning to Starry Night as a Saturn sponsor! I love seeing so


many of our 2013 sponsors come back to us for 2014. It makes us feel really proud of what we do and make us work really hard to put on an event worthy of their continued support. Thank you to the team at Oxford Consulting, and to all our wonderful, amazing, fantastic sponsors-both returning sponsors from 2013 and new sponsors for 2014! Because of your support, we are able to achieve our dream of making sure that Starry Night is free for families and is the most marvelous, wondrous, hands-on, educational event in the land.

We are going to make you proud again this year. I promise.

Thank you!

New Earth Sponsor: Wild Birds Unlimited!

Welcome to our newest Earth sponsor: Wild Birds Unlimited! We’re so excited to have them on board with us for this very special year. Their store is a great resource in our community for information about (and supplies for) caring for natural resources, plus it’s just a really cool place. Their facebook page is chock full of interesting information about birding in the area and they are a big sponsor of outdoor education.

We’re so excited that they are sponsoring Starry Night this year! Thank you, Wild Birds Unlimited!!


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