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Eighteen diocesan Catholic schools earn Thomas Edison STEM awards

News of the Diocese

August 14, 2019

The Ohio Academy of Science announced that 54 Ohio schools – including 18 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland -- and 556 teachers received The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year. Each school will receive a special Governor's Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.
Eighteen diocesan Catholic schools earn Thomas Edison STEM awards
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland to receive the award are St. Sebastian, Akron; Holy Trinity, Avon; St. Raphael, Bay Village; St. Ambrose, Brunswick; St. Mary, Chardon; St. Anselm, Chesterland; Academy of St. Bartholomew, Middleburg Heights; Beaumont School, Cleveland Heights; St. Jude, Elyria; St. Francis of Assisi, Gates Mills; St. Pascal Baylon, Highland Heights; St. Francis Xavier, Medina; St. Peter, North Ridgeville; St. Albert the Great, North Royalton; Incarnate Word Academy, Parma Heights; St. Rita, Solon; SS. Joseph & John Interparochial, Strongsville; and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Wooster.

Click HERE to see a complete list of honorees.

The four criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are:

  • To conduct a local science fair with 12 or more students.
  • Qualify two or more of these students for one of the academy's 17 district science days.
  • Have students participate in at least one or more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad, B-Wiser, visits to museums, mentorship programs and extended field trips and other structured STEM-related youth activities.
  • Convince external STEM professionals how and to what extent the school’s program met the Academy’s definition of STEM education. The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as both the mastery and integration of science technology, engineering and mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.

First established in 1985, the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards recognizes Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities.

“These schools and teachers know that only teaching STEM from a textbook is not an option,” said Michael E. Woytek, the academy’s executive director. “Each of the awardees provides opportunities and experiences for hands-on learning and they clearly value inquiry-based, scientific research. Many of their students excel at District Science and State Science Day,” he added.

The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with the governor’s office and the Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency to recognize schools and teachers for excellence in STEM education and scientific student research.

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