DC Educators Earn Stem Award

DC Educators Earn Stem Award

It’s all about STEM

Last week, the Ohio Academy of Science selected 54 Ohio schools and 556 teachers to receive The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year, and three Dayton Christian science teachers earned the prestigious stem award. 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.

Three DCHS Teachers Receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Stem Education.

The awardees from Dayton Christian School were Tom Minor, Mallory Fischer, and Beth Ann Whitney who worked hard to meet the requirements for this STEM award. For example, teachers must have two students qualify for a district science day. Last year, not only did nine students qualify for districts, those same students moved on to the state science fair held at the Ohio State University where six received a score of Superior and three earned a score of Excellent. (You can find more information here: DC Goes to State Science Fair.)

In addition to having students participate in a science day, there are a number of other requirements faculty members must meet to earn this award. Other criteria include conducting a local science fair, having students participate in youth science opportunities beyond the classroom such as the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair, State Science Day, field trips and museum visits.

Out of the Classroom and Into The World

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. Woytek went on to say, “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.”

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 for excellence in STEM education and scientific student research.