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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!


Stars in the Park 2014

Stars in the Park

Come out and join us and the Columbus Astronomical Society for a free night of stargazing on May 3 at 8:30pm in the Westerville Soccer Complex (on Cleveland Ave across from the Rec Ctr). CAS astronomers will be on hand with their amazing telescopes to help families see the wonders of the night sky. You won’t want to miss it!

Check out pics from last year’s Stars in the Park event!

A few items that would be helpful to bring:
• Gloves, hat and blankets, if it will be chilly
• Binoculars, if you have them

And, finally, a few tips on stargazing etiquette. It helps to prepare the kids in advance!

• Please remind children to walk, not run, for everyone’s safety and the safety of the telescopes. These telescopes belong to the astronomical society members and are significant personal investments.

• Always ask an astronomer before touching or viewing from a telescope. (In fact, it is best to keep hands off of the telescopes so they don’t get moved from their viewing position.)

• Use flashlights, cell phones, and other lighted electronic devices sparingly when in the vicinity of the telescopes. Please keep lights pointed toward the ground whenever possible.

• Enjoy yourselves!


Starry Night to be featured on Good Day Columbus on Sunday!


Alissa Henry from Good Day Columbus will be featuring Starry Night on Sunday’s broadcast! She’ll be talking with Andy Heck, Cherrington’s principal and WPE Board Member, and checking out some of our exciting exhibits! We’re so excited about this very special opportunity to get the word out about Starry Night and really invite Columbus families into our event. Be sure to tune in to ABC6 from 6:45am-8am and then to FOX28 from 8-10am to get a peek at some of our special exhibits and learn about Starry Night.

And then…come to Starry Night TOMORROW from 2-6pm at Westerville South High School and be amazed by ALL the outstanding exhibits. Build things, dress up in costumes, drive a robot, hear music, dance, plant seeds, check out an amazing car, play with circuits, learn blacksmithing…seriously…You will have a total blast.

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!


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