Ashland School Receives Award For STEM Program

  • 8/14/2019 9:12:34 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - An Ashland School and its teachers were recognized for excellence in STEM education. 

Ashland Christian School was selected by the Ohio Academy of Science to receive the Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. The award recognizes the school's accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic school year in getting students involved in STEM-related activities. 

53 other Ohio Schools and 556 teachers also received the award. 

Teachers recognized from Ashland Christian school were: Bethany Frazer, Jonathan Priest, Beth Shenberger, Audrey Hickinbotham, Natalie Bell, Jenny Davis, Mackenzie Miller, and Jason Davis. 

"These schools and teachers know that only teaching STEM from a textbook is not an option," said Michael E. Woytek, Executive Director of the Ohio Science Academy. "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."

Criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence require schools and teachers to conduct a local science fair with twelve 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, and 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. 

The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards was first established in 1985. The award aims to reward schools and teachers for encourage scientific student research and technological design, and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities.  

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