Governor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education
The Ohio Academy of Science selected St. Rita School to receive the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for our accomplishments during the 2013-2014 school year. Also receiving recognition from Governor John Kasich are: Mr. Matthew Richards (7-2), Jr. High Math; Mrs. Barb Wilson (8-2), Jr. High Science; Mrs. Lori Foster, Computer Technology; and Mr. Frank Tinus, St. Rita Parishioner; for their contributions to the success of St. Rita School’s STEM program.
The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and the Technology Division of 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.
STEM Education is 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, team work and collaboration, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.
"Receiving a Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these schools and teachers value student-originated, inquiry-based science and technology education," said Dr. Lynn E. Elfner, the Academy's CEO. "Whole new worlds of opportunities open up to students when they complete research or technological design projects and have them assessed by the professional STEM community."
Congratulations to all involved for making St. Rita School a school of Excellence in STEM Education!