By capturing student imaginations and igniting career aspirations, Edheads empowers students to pursue fulfilling, productive careers in science, technology, engineering and math. We tie school to work by reinforcing basic skills and demonstrating how they are applied in STEM careers.
Through corporate philanthropy, sponsorships, partnerships and donations, Edheads provides exciting games and experiences that inspire today’s K-12 students to become the STEM leaders of tomorrow. We believe every student should have the opportunity to develop their potential and fulfill their dreams and career aspirations.
- Relevance: Connecting science and math education standards to learning outcomes related to real-world careers.
- Access: Giving educators a way to influence their students' future career paths with online learning that is widely accessible.
- Quality games: Helping teachers, parents, and students meet state and national learning goals through highly interactive and engaging content.
- Evidence: Evaluating the difference made in student STEM knowledge and attitudes toward STEM careers.
Connections to Standards
All the activities at the Edheads site will have connections to National and State standards in their teacher sections. Please look for these sections under each activity heading.
Gail Wheatley, Executive Director
Gail has a passion for fun and informal education and a great deal of experience in informal learning institutions and science education. She brainstorms ideas with Eric, establishes partnerships with scientists, surgeons and people and corporations that do interesting things. Gail writes the grants and the storyboards for the activities, manages the projects overall, crunches lots of numbers and does the long term planning for Edheads. She's always on the lookout for great new ideas and people who have them. She lives with two monster Westies (no, that is not an oxymoron) whose current science experiment is determining how many times they can dig up an apple tree before killing it.
Sarah Smail, Director of External Communications
Whether teaching her stuffed animals how to add at age five, combusting hydrogen balloons in the name of science education, or (slightly more sedately) teaching middle school science and math, Sarah has always been all about education, especially STEM. She is responsible for much of Edheads’ social media presence (and loves that she can call scrolling through Twitter “work”), applying for grants, and finding ways to make Edheads even better for teachers and students. In between all of that, she finds time to
Eric Bort, Creative Director
Eric is responsible for the fun and interesting graphics and much of the humor of the site, as well as its functionality. He brainstorms with Gail, struggles with file size, accomplishes all the technical stuff, and fights regularly with his cat for space in his favorite chair. His background is in multimedia design, cat distraction, creative development, and interface design. He has extensive experience designing web sites, producing Flash animations, and preventing Gail from imploding. For more of Eric's work check out Clearly Trained.
The Edheads' Team delights in watching the kids in their test audiences use the site. They are and will remain eternally grateful to their teacher and school district partners and funding organizations for allowing them to have jobs that don't feel like work!
Edheads Board of Directors
Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Christopher Mealick, State Auto Insurance, Columbus, Ohio
Scott Cady, Huntington Bank, Senior Vice President, Digital Services
Eileen Ulry, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio
Erin Haas, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio
Mary Knights, Veeva Systems, Columbus, Ohio
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