COLUMBUS — The Ohio Academy of Science has selected 44 Ohio schools and 401 teachers to receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education for their accomplishments during the 2014-2015 school year. Receiving the award from St. Peter School in Huber Heights are Kelly Kadel and Dorothy Gutman.
Each school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate, and each teacher will receive a complimentary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. This program is sponsored by The Ohio Third Frontier, within the Ohio Development Services Agency.
The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are: (1) to conduct a local science fair with 20 or more students, (2) qualify one or more of these students for one of the Academy’s 16 district science days, (3) have students participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, visits to museums, mentorship programs and extended field trips and (4) convince external professionals from STEM business and industry, government and academia employers how and to what extent the school’s program met the Academy’s definition of STEM education.
“Schools and teachers that are awarded the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education continue to provide their students with hands-on education opportunities,” said Stephen McConoughey, PhD, the Academy’s CEO. “Science is a subject and process that is best learned by doing. The schools and teachers recognized by this award are finding new, creative ways to engage the students above and beyond the traditional methods. These innovative techniques will benefit the students as these teachers are striving to develop our next generation of scientists for Ohio and the country. In addition, we greatly appreciate having volunteers from industry and academia to review these applications. Their experience of using science on a daily basis provides a great perspective for reviewing of these applications.”
The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with The Ohio Third Frontier, within the Ohio Development Services Agency to recognize schools and teachers who stimulate student scientific and technological research and extend STEM education opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. The Technology Division of The Ohio Development Services Agency has supported this program since 1985 by grants to The Ohio Academy of Science.