DCS Earns STEM Award Again

DCS Earns STEM Award Again

Dayton Christian School and three faculty members were recently selected by the Ohio Academy of Science to receive The Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2021-2022 school year.  DC was one of only 45 Ohio high schools – out of 1,360 in the state – to receive the award.

Dayton Christian High School science faculty members Tom Minor, Bill Norvell, and Beth Ann Whitney were singled out for the award as well.

Initiated in 1985, the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award recognizes Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific research and technological design and extend experiential opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. 

“These schools and teachers are connecting classrooms to the real world by demonstrating the relevance of STEM,” said Michael E. Woytek, the Academy’s Executive Director.  “They are developing a group of active and intrinsic learners.”

The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are (1) Conduct a local science fair with 12 or more students and have two or more of these students participate in the 2022 Virtual District Science Day OR have six or more students participate in the 2022 Virtual District Science Day where no local science fair has been conducted; (2) Students must participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom.

“We are proud to note that “Dayton Christian High School students have a good reputation with the Ohio Academy of Science for their quality of projects at the county, district, and state levels over the years,” said Tom Minor, one of faculty awardees.

This marks the fourth year in a row DC has been awarded the Thomas Edison Award. Dayton Christian School historically has performed well at the state level, having placed in the top ten in the state for many years for having the most students receive an award of Superior at the State Science Day.