St. Michael School Receives Governor's
Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education
September 5, 2017 . . . We are excited to announce that St. Michael School was selected as one of only 58 schools in the State of Ohio to be recognized by The Ohio Academy of Science's The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for "Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research." Under the direction of Mrs. Theresa Betori, our school submitted an extensive nomination that was analyzed by 40 professionals representing STEM employers from business, industry, government, and academia. Congratulations, St. Michael School teachers, staff, students, and parents! This is quite an honor!
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.
"It is our honor to recognize St. Michael School and your teachers who have not only provided a strong STEM curriculum, but also have encouraged participation in many other activities to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," said Michael E. Woytek, the Academy's CEO.
The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are: (1) to conduct a local science fair with 12 or more students, (2) qualify two or more of these students for one of the Academy's 17 district science days, (3) have students participate in at least one or more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, Science Olympiad, B-Wiser, visits to museums, mentorship programs, and extended field trips and (4) convince external STEM professionals how and to what extent the school's program met the Academy's definition of STEM education.
"St. Michael School places an important focus of our curriculum on STEM and also believes in the importance of religion and art, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math," said Margaret Campisi, principal of St. Michael School. "We like to call it 'STREAM' and we are committed to continuing our culture of innovation and excellence in all of these curriculum areas so our students remain competitive in this ever-changing global society."
St. Michael School will receive a special Governor's Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complimentary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year. The school plans on celebrating this significant accomplishment numerous ways throughout this school year.
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. Students must participate in one or more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom, including State Science Day, The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad, and other structured STEM‐related youth activities. “These schools and teachers push the boundaries of the traditional classroom by advising and mentoring student originated research and other hands‐on experiences,” said Woytek.
“GPA’s and good report cards are always important, but what is even more significant for those children leaving our school and entering the world of high school, college, and the workforce are their knowledge and experience in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, work ethic, and strong Catholic values. That is the environment we create here at St. Michael School.”