Educator, Community Development
Specialization: 
Economic Development / Leadership Development / Organizational Capacity Building
Office: 
740-474-7534
Phone: 
607-351-5896
Biography: 

Meghan Thoreau is an OSU Extension Educator in Community Development with a focus on preparing  Pickaway County youth for STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) Meghan works collaboratively with a team of Extension professionals, volunteers, campus collaborators, and community partners to provide leadership for the development, production, and evaluation of educational programs and applied research to foster STEM educational opportunities that increase career attainment in STEM fields.

More specifically she provides leadership and programming to meet current and future needs related to STEM education with Pickaway County schools. She works in conjunction with the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, Pickaway H.E.L.P.S., school district curriculum directors, teachers, economic development organizations, local businesses, and OSU collaborators.

She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an avid traveler and has lived in a number of places, including Western Wyoming, Upstate New York, and Eastern South Dakota, before moving with her family to Central Ohio. She’s worked with communities both at the municipal and grassroots levels and has always strived to strengthen communities and increase the quality of life for residents.

She strongly believes in Extension and the purpose of linking current knowledge and research into our daily lives and works to solve today's educational challenges and secure a vibrant future for our communities and residents.

Click here’ and learn more about the STEM Pathways Signature Program Initiative.

Degree Information: 
MRP, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
BS, Construction Management, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Areas of Expertise:
STEM Youth Development
Planning and Regulation
Energy Development

Related Link(s): 
Curriculum Vitae
CD Blog Posts
MindStretched (professional blog)

PUBLICATIONS, CURRICULUM, & REPORTS

Thoreau, M. (2018, December 27). Workforce Health Advanced by STEM Programming, Body and Mind Workout Challenges. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieve from:https://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2018/12/27/workforce-health-advanced-by-stem-programming-body-and-mind-workout-challenges-4-h-physbot-fitness-and-international-strategic-board-games/

Thoreau, M. (2018). PhysBot Fitness and Strategic Board Game Challenges. Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieve from:https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/12/13/physbot-fitness-and-strategic-board-game-challenges/

Thoreau, M. (2018, June 28). “Applied” Program Development: upgrading programs and outreach through more hands-on technology and 21st century skillsets. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2018/06/28/applied-program-development-upgrading-programs-and-outreach-through-more-hands-on-technology-and-21st-century-skillsets/

Thoreau, M. (2018, June 12). Train-the-trainer, Hands-on Coding Workshop: Sphero (coding curriculum). National Association of Extension Professionals National Conference. Retrieve from:https://drive.google.com/file/d/157BSN1iZkn2fpGAosYw8YnoDT2ZGfssJ/view

Thoreau, M. (2018, October 1). Developing the 21st Century Skillset through Learning and Building Electric Circuits. OSU Extension Teays Valley Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieved from: https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/10/01/developing-the-21st-century-skillset-through-learning-and-building-electric-circuits/

Thoreau, M. (2018, October 29). Halloween STEM Challenges: chemistry of color, vision, and slime. OSU Extension Teays Valley Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieved from: https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/10/29/halloween-stem-challenges-chemistry-of-color-vision-and-slime/

Thoreau, M. (2017, December 14). Smart Cities, Healthy People: Community Development that Builds Social Capital. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2017/12/14/smart-cities-healthy-people-community-development-that-builds-social-capital/

Thoreau, M. (2017, July 31). Code Literacy: Increasing K-12 Coding Education in Ohio. Ohio Line Ohio State University Extension. CDFS-1574. Retrieved from: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/cdfs-1574 (peer reviewed)

Thoreau, M. (2017, March 8). Parenthood: every childhood needs a little coding, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/03/08/stem-parenthood-every-childhood-needs-a-little-coding/

Thoreau, M. (2017, April 10). Learning Infographic Design, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/04/10/learning-infographic-design/

Thoreau, M. (2017, April 8). 2017 Science Olympiad State Tournament, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/04/08/2017-science-olympiad-state-tournament/

Thoreau, M. (2017, January 17). Art Exhibit Inspires Tech Innovation in Art Curriculums, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/01/17/art-exhibit-inspires-tech-innovation-in-art-curriculums/

Thoreau, M. (2017, January 12). Collaborative ‘Work Zones’ transcend traditional office space. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2017/01/12/collaborative-work-zones-transcend-traditional-office-space/

VISUAL MEDIA PUBLICATIONS

Thoreau, M. (2018, December 27). Workforce Health Advanced by STEM Programming, Body and Mind Workout Challenges. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieve from:https://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2018/12/27/workforce-health-advanced-by-stem-programming-body-and-mind-workout-challenges-4-h-physbot-fitness-and-international-strategic-board-games/

Thoreau, M. (2018). PhysBot Fitness and Strategic Board Game Challenges. Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieve from:https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/12/13/physbot-fitness-and-strategic-board-game-challenges/

Thoreau, M. (2018, June 28). “Applied” Program Development: upgrading programs and outreach through more hands-on technology and 21st century skillsets. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2018/06/28/applied-program-development-upgrading-programs-and-outreach-through-more-hands-on-technology-and-21st-century-skillsets/

Thoreau, M. (2018, June 12). Train-the-trainer, Hands-on Coding Workshop: Sphero (coding curriculum). National Association of Extension Professionals National Conference. Retrieve from:https://drive.google.com/file/d/157BSN1iZkn2fpGAosYw8YnoDT2ZGfssJ/view

Thoreau, M. (2018, October 1). Developing the 21st Century Skillset through Learning and Building Electric Circuits. OSU Extension Teays Valley Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieved from: https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/10/01/developing-the-21st-century-skillset-through-learning-and-building-electric-circuits/

Thoreau, M. (2018, October 29). Halloween STEM Challenges: chemistry of color, vision, and slime. OSU Extension Teays Valley Elementary STEM Club Blog. Retrieved from: https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/10/29/halloween-stem-challenges-chemistry-of-color-vision-and-slime/

Thoreau, M. (2017, December 14). Smart Cities, Healthy People: Community Development that Builds Social Capital. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2017/12/14/smart-cities-healthy-people-community-development-that-builds-social-capital/

Thoreau, M. (2017, July 31). Code Literacy: Increasing K-12 Coding Education in Ohio. Ohio Line Ohio State University Extension. CDFS-1574. Retrieved from: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/cdfs-1574 (peer reviewed)

Thoreau, M. (2017, March 8). Parenthood: every childhood needs a little coding, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/03/08/stem-parenthood-every-childhood-needs-a-little-coding/

Thoreau, M. (2017, April 10). Learning Infographic Design, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/04/10/learning-infographic-design/

Thoreau, M. (2017, April 8). 2017 Science Olympiad State Tournament, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/04/08/2017-science-olympiad-state-tournament/

Thoreau, M. (2017, January 17). Art Exhibit Inspires Tech Innovation in Art Curriculums, MindStretched Blog, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County Community Development. Retrieve from: https://u.osu.edu/mindstretched/2017/01/17/art-exhibit-inspires-tech-innovation-in-art-curriculums/

Thoreau, M. (2017, January 12). Collaborative ‘Work Zones’ transcend traditional office space. OSU Extension Community Development Blog. Retrieved from: http://u.osu.edu/extensioncd/2017/01/12/collaborative-work-zones-transcend-traditional-office-space/

PRESS FEATURES

Ohio Department of Education. (2019, January 11). State and Local Education News: Drone-racing club takes off as fun way to learn STEM skills in Columbus Dispatch. Retrieve from: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OHED/bulletins/22799bcOhio

Zachariah, H. (2019, January 11). Drone-racing club takes off as fun way to learn STEM skills. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved from: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190111/drone-racing-club-takes-off-as-fun-way-to-learn-stem-skills

Thoreau, M. (2017, August 25). STEM in Action. Circleville Herald. Retrieved from: https://www.circlevilleherald.com/comment/stem-in-action/article_fe797fde-546a-5f3d-85e1-49e5cab32ae2.html

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

Thoreau, M. Horton, R. and House, P. (2018, October 25). PhysBot: Tech Family Consumer Science Workout Challenge (for a Healthier Workforce), 2018 Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Science Annual Conference, Building Well Connected Communities. Retrieve from: https://prezi.com/view/GDTCPFWiTEc3KoOCkm5Z/ 

Thoreau, M., (2018, June 13). 21st Century Workforce: Skillsets & Growth Mindset for Educators to Target, including a Train-the-trainer, Hands-on Coding Workshop: Sphero. National Association of Extension Professionals National Conference. Retrieved from: http://go.osu.edu/nacdep18educationaltool

Thoreau, M., (2018, June 13). Train-the-trainer, Hands-on Coding Workshop: Sphero. National Association of Extension Professionals National Conference. Retrieved from: http://go.osu.edu/nacdep18educationaltool      

Engaging Students in STEM,” Teays Viking Academy, 2 August 2017. Retrieve from: https://prezi.com/view/YTVldLNu0hJ21iKqgXpw/ (invited) 

PROGRAMMING PRESENTATIONS

Thoreau, M. (2018). PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS: an application of Problem Based Learning (PBL) Presentation. Pickaway County School District and Pickaway WORKS. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/PBLtours

Thoreau, M. (2018). INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY BOARD GAME Challenges Presentation. Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/strategygames

Thoreau, M. (2018). PhysBot STEM Club Challenges, Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/PhysBot

Thoreau, M. (2018). Developing the 21st Century Skillset through Learning and Building Electric Circuits Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve  from: https://u.osu.edu/tvstemclub/2018/10/01/developing-the-21st-century-skillset-through-learning-and-building-electric-circuits/

Thoreau, M. (2018). 3D Printing in Space, Presentation, Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/3Dprinting

Thoreau, M. (2018). Escape Tomb STEM Challenge, Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/escapetomb

Thoreau, M. (2018). Catapult Challenge, Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/catapultwritingchallenge

Thoreau, M. (2018). Paper Circuits with LEDs Presentation, Ohio State University Extension STEM Programming. Retrieve from: http://go.osu.edu/simplecircuits

Thoreau, M. (2017, October 17). Computer Programming Career Exploration and Sphero Coding Challenges, Teays Valley High School. (invited)

Thoreau, M. and Burgess, T. (2017, August 3). Free Day of Code: Hands-on K-12 Teacher Coding Workshop, Teays Viking Academy. (invited)

Thoreau, M. (2016, September 21). Developing a Collaborative, Comprehensive Community Approach to Advance STEM Education and STEM Career Advancement in Pickaway County, STEM Advisory Interview Committee. (invited)

FACT SHEETS

Tech Recipe: Starting A Scholastic Drone Racing Team (CDFS-1576)

Code Literacy: Increasing K-12 Coding Education in Ohio (CDFS-1574)