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Talawanda students working on Lego Robotics.

Students working with Lego Robotics!

STEM Education

Talawanda has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program for all students.  In elementary school, students will have STEM experiences in their classroom from kindergarten to second grade.  From third to fifth grade, students will have over twenty hours of STEM instruction from the district's Elementary STEM Instructor and their classroom teacher.  This program focuses upon empathy, perseverance, grit, collaboration, and learning from one's failures.  These characteristics are paramount in the program while students experience hands-on experiences that relate to STEM fields.

Talawanda offers courses at the middle school and high school that students can elect to take to further their STEM learning.  The middle school offers courses in Engineering Foundations and Explorations of Technology.  The high school offers courses in Engineering (available for college credit), GameMaker Programming, Advanced Game Programming (available for college credit), Digital Productions, and Digital Media.  All middle school and high school students also have access to a MakerSpace that they can visit individually or with any of their classes.

Enrichment and Opportunities

Elementary Programs

Destination Imagination: K-12 -This is an innovative creative problem-solving program for participants in grades K-12.  Each team selects one of the seven challenges, which offers participants an opportunity to explore art, literature, drama, engineering, architecture, and improvisation.  Recruitment for D.I. is in early fall.  For more information on D.I., email or visit

After School Foreign Language Program: 1-5 - Each year, Talawanda teams with Miami University to offer an after-school foreign language program. Languages offered usually include Spanish, Japanese, Italian, French, Chinese, German, and ASL. The goal of this program is to provide Talawanda students an opportunity to get a “taste” of another language and culture.  This program runs 2nd semester with sign-up information in the November newsletters. For more information email 

Earth Club – This is an after school group where students can learn more about our planet and the plants and animals that live here.  Varies by building.

Coding Club- this club teaches basic computer programming & is organized by Miami University students.  Varies by building. For more information contact Sarah Roche at

BBBS – Big Brothers Big Sisters - this program varies by elementary building. For more information visit:

Middle School Programs

Power of the Pen: 6-8 - Power of the Pen is an extra-curricular enrichment option offered at TMS for all grades. This competition focuses on creative writing, offering the students “prompts” to which they write in a timed setting. Although 6th graders are not eligible to compete, they are encouraged to participate at the building level in preparation for the competitive 7th and 8th grade years.  Recruitment is in the early fall.  For more information regarding Power of the Pen, please contact the TMS office @ 273-3300.

Math Counts: 6-8 - a nation-wide program designed to reach all students in the sixth, seventh, and eight grades, is offered each year at TMS to interested math students.  Recruitment for all interested students at TMS happens in the fall. For more information regarding Math Counts, please contact the TMS office @ 273-3300.

Student Council: 6-8 - This is an after-school activity. Students are elected by their peers to serve a one-year term with this student government. 

Peer Mediators: 8 - This group meets and members are trained to help teach others how to problem solve issues.

Yearbook: 6-8 - Students participating in this activity take photos, learn layout, and ultimately put together the TMS yearbook.

Pre-Engineering Club: 8 - Members participate in hands-on science and engineering activities.


Destination Imagination: K-12 – see elementary listing

High School Programs

Academic Challenge Team: 9-12 - A jeopardy-like competition where a team of four players competes against other schools.

Setting Stone: 9-12 - This student run group creates the Setting Stone Liberal Arts Magazine and runs the tri-annual Setting Stone Coffee House. Members will experience hands-on magazine layout, including image and literary editing for nationally recognized award-winning publication. 

Model UN: 9-12 - Ohio Model United Nations – This organization is for students who take an interest in international politics, current affairs, parliamentary procedure and the sculpting of social and governmental policy.

Key Club – THS’ community service club, partnered with Kiwanis International. For more information please see their Facebook page.

Art Club – Free time to develop your artistic abilities after school.  Contact Jay Hunsche for more information;

Mock Trial: 9-12 - is a program geared toward cultivating an appreciation for the law as well as helping students to develop speaking and reasoning skills.

AFS - An international organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Peer Mediators - Intervention program where students are trained to lead peer-to-peer conferences. The goal is to resolve problems peacefully by reaching a mutually acceptable resolution. 

Destination Imagination: K-12 – see elementary listing

Other Programs

Drama Club (International Thespian Society)
*** Must be enrolled in drama class

YIT (Youth Initiative Team) 

FFA (Future Farmers of America)

FCCLA (Families, Careers & Community Leaders of America)

NHS (National Honor Society)

“Fermata Nowhere” A Capella Group (Coed vocal performance ensemble)

Student Government

First Lego League – robotics program for students in grades 5-8 who are between the ages of 9-14. This competitive STEM opportunity will provide experiences in robotics, programming, and presentation skills with a focus on teamwork.  

STEM Camp - Summer camp for students currently in grades 5-7.  Students explore engineering design, computer coding, maker space exploration and more. 

Outside Resources

Miami University
Oxford, OH 529-1809
Youth Programs 

Oxford Community Arts Center
Oxford, OH / 524-8506 /

Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Hamilton, OH / 863-8873 /

Tri-Community Center (the “Tri”)
Oxford, OH / 523-6314 /

Lane Library Oxford, OH / 523-7531

K-Kids / Builder’s Club/ Key Club

Camp Campbell Gard
Hamilton, OH / 867-0600,

Hueston Woods State Park
523-6347 /

MAKOS (Miami Valley Aquatic Center)

Oxford Swim & Dive Team

SAY Soccer

Ice Sports

Camp Invention