St. Mary School Chardon Receives Top STEM Distinction From The Ohio Academy of Science for 2nd Year in a Row!

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St. Mary School Chardon has been named a Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research winner for the 2nd year in a row! St. Mary School worked hard to qualify for this distinction given to only a small percentage of schools throughout the state. “We are constantly evolving our curriculum to reflect STEM in all areas and across grade levels. We are preparing our students for the jobs of the future and forming partnerships with local organizations to make sure our students have the information and support they need to succeed,” said Amber Yeager, Junior High Science teacher.

This year the school has been able to successful implement the use two-in-one devices for each student in the junior high and have had their teachers participate in STEMCOM and other STEM workshops to enhance their curriculum and teaching. Accomplishments from last school year made St. Mary School eligible for application for this award including one student receiving a superior rating at the Ohio State Science fair and receiving an awarded a scholarship by the EPA. Another student received a superior rating at the Ohio State Science fair and was awarded a scholarship to the B. Wiser Institute at The University of Akron.

In addition, two students were invited and attended the national meeting of the Invention Convention to Washington D.C., and five students were invited to the University of Akron science fair. For a school the size that St. Mary is, this is an exceptional showing!

St. Mary School students participate in STEM learning continuously throughout their school year and this year they have added Meg Pawar as a designated STEM Enrichment Teacher for the school! The lower grades begin to collaborate with local organizations such as the Holden Arboretum and in the upper grades, Science Fair projects and Science Olympiad competitions provide excitement and buzz all year.

STEM education is teaching that is focused on preparing students in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines for post-high school education as well as innovative careers. It incorporates numerous disciplines, and relies on hands-on approaches to help students learn complex ideas.

It is clear that STEM is present and alive across St. Mary School and if you ask any one of the students involved they will tell you it’s hard work, but so much fun. Each new accomplishment gets them excited to keep moving forward!

About St. Mary School: St. Mary’s School Chardon is a Catholic School for grades preschool through 8 where students are encouraged to develop academically in an environment of faith, with a vision for the future. For information: http://www.stmaryschoolchardon.org or Contact: mintihar@stmaryschoolchardon.org Phone: 440-286-3590

Pictured in Photos: Top Left: St. Mary student Zach Nieto works on a nature journal during a partnership visit to the Holden Arboretum. Top Right: Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Linda Flynn demonstrates state changes through cooking and simple science experiments with her students. Bottom Right: Junior High students Loreali Gandolf Glover and Grayce Young work in their science lab.

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