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STEM Speakers Series

Watch the presentation by clicking on the date:

May 8 - M. Judith Crocker, ED.D. from MAGNET      

May 15 - Dr. Debbie Jackson from Ohio STEM Learning Network      

May 22 - Carol Thaler from Great Lakes Biomimicry

May 29 - Rickey Ishida, Venture for America



Article from Crain's Cleveland Business  - Internships/Externships - March 4, 2014


Summer Externships - 2014

Teachers:  If you have always wanted a chance to see what industry and business is all about, please consider signing up for an externship this summer.  We are looking for teachers who want to learn more about fields that impact their teaching and for their teaching to impact those fields.  So, for example, if you are a chemistry teacher, you might want to do an externship at Lubrizol. 

Please click below and complete the application form.  We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. 

STEM Externship Flyer     STEM Externship Application

Please email completed application to Marie Irish at or mail to 382 Blackbrook Rd., Painesville, OH 44077

For questions please call 440-350-2563 x710


History & Vision

Design Principles and Deliverables created in 2012-13 by Porter STEM Design Team

PowerPoint from Porter STEM Rollout - April 29, 2013

2013-14 Meeting Dates:

Core Team:

Design Team:

All meetings are at the Lake County ESC REV Center from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Lake County ESC STEM Partners:

Alliance for Working Together (AWT)
Astro Manufacturing
First Energy
Lake Health
Lake Health Systems
WVIZ - Ideastream

Board of Regents
Lake County JFS
Lake Metroparks

Chambers of Commerce
Lake County PTA
Lakeland Foundation
Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Partners in Science Excellence

Auburn Career Center
Fairport Harbor Schools
Kirtland Schools
Cleveland State University
Lake Erie College
Lakeland Community College
Madison Schools
Mentor Schools
Painesville City Schools
Perry Schools
Riverside Schools
St. Gabriel
Wickliffe Schools
Willoughby-Eastlake Schools 


For more information please contact: 

Dr. Brian Bontempo, Superintendent     
Lake County ESC
440-350-2563 x701

Becky Tressler, Assistant
440-350-2563 x734


Jovette Hiltunen, Director of P-16/STEM
Lake County ESC
440-350-2563 x791

Marie Irish, Assistant
440-350-2563 x710



Porter STEM Institute - Kick Off Event

April 19, 2012

On April 19, 2012 the LCESC  in conjunction with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) hosted a community kick-off event to further develop the platform for a sustainable professional development program that trains practitioners and school leadership in our 10 Lake County school districts to engage students in STEM learning that will prepare them for achievement in pk-12 education through career pathways.

Participants included representatives from the Lake County P-16 Council and Workforce Alliance, all ten school districts, higher education personnel, government agencies, community agencies and business and industry partners.   TIES presented STEM education as it relates to the teaching and learning of the disciplines in a transdisciplinary fashion to a level of rigor at least sufficient for college readiness without remediation and in which the technology and engineering informs the science and mathematics.

Please see the links below to view power point and video clips from the Porter STEM Institute Kick Off Event:

Porter STEM Institute Agenda


Dr. Brian Bontempo: Program Introduction

Dr. Brian Bontempo: Power Point Presentation

Dr. Jan Morrison:  Power Point Presentation

Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms 



History of the Porter STEM Institute

The Dr. James H. Porter Center for Science and Mathematics has been in existence since 1991. The Porter Center originated through the Lake County Educational Service Center (LCESC) as a response to the schools’ requests to enhance the science and mathematics curriculum. The Porter Center is a delightful educational experience for our elementary, middle and high school students and teachers. Science and mathematics are both areas of challenge across the nation. The Porter Center is a unique facility that takes an innovative approach to learning using large-scale, hands-on, discovery-based learning programs.?

The Porter Center serves all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at the public schools throughout Lake and Geauga Counties in addition to providing middle and high school program options. The Center serves all students – including those with special challenges and gifted students. Between visits to the Porter Center and visits by the Porter staff to the public school classrooms, the Porter Center serves over 31,500 students annually! Other services provided include: professional development, distance learning, equipment lending, borrowing of classroom science kits, Family Nights, and tailored programs.

The Lake County Educational Service Center (LCESC) and the Porter Program for Science & Mathematics embarked on an exciting new partnership with Lake Metroparks (LMP)! As part of this partnership, a new beautiful facility was constructed to house the Porter Program. The Porter Center moved into the new facility at the start of the 2008-2009 school year. The new facility, The Lake Metroparks’ Environmental Learning Center (ELC), is located in Concord Township off Alexander Road & Rt. 608. The Porter Center now has access to a bio-tech laboratory, an observatory, a greenhouse, technology studio, conference room, two classrooms, and a large multipurpose room. All classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art educational technology. Most importantly, the Porter Programs now utilizes the 250 acres of park setting and two watershed areas to provide outdoor educational opportunities!

We believe, to effectively learn science and mathematics… 

  • Students learn when actively engaged in hands-on activities.
  • A safe and nurturing environment enhances learning and promotes dignity and mutual respect.
  • Education is the joint responsibility of school, students, family, and the community.
  • Real-life applications stimulate the students’ natural curiosity.
  • Learning is enhanced by skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated professionals.
  • Each student should be challenged with high expectations.
  • Each person can learn and deserves the opportunity to reach her/his potential.
  • Learning should be fun, exciting, and meaningful.
  • The application of science and math contributes to the quality of life and the economic growth and vitality of the community.
































































Lake County Educational Service Center
382 Blackbrook Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077
Phone 440-350-2563 / Fax 440-350-2566
Superintendent, Brian Bontempo