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Bishop Flaget honored for STEM education 9 years in a row!

Bishop Flaget School and seven of the school’s teachers were selected by the Ohio Academy of Science to receive the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education for their accomplishments during the 2014-2015 school year. This is the 9th year in a row that Bishop Flaget School and its teachers have been honored with this award.


The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are: 1) to conduct a local science fair with 20 or more students, 2) qualify one or more of these students for one of the Academy’s 16 district science days, 3) have students participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, visits to museums, mentorship programs, and extended field trips and 4) convince external professionals from STEM business and industry, government and academia employers how and to what extent the school’s program met the Academy’s definition of STEM education.


Teachers who were honored with this award include:  Carrie Hill, 5th grade; Debbie Fyffe, 4th grade; Terrina Fahnestock, jr. high math; Dianne Cryder, 3rd grade and Robotics Club; Danielle McDaniel, jr. high science and computers; Hillery Kennedy, preschool; and Barbara Nowlin, middle school language arts and social studies.


“Schools and teachers that are awarded the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education continue to provide their students with hands-on education opportunities,” said Stephen McConoughey, PhD, the Academy’s CEO.  “Science is a subject and process that is best learned by doing.  The schools and teachers recognized by this award are finding new, creative ways to engage the students above and beyond the traditional methods.  These innovative techniques will benefit the students as these teachers are striving to develop our next generation of scientists for Ohio and the country.  In addition, we greatly appreciate having volunteers from industry and academia to review these applications.  Their experience of using science on a daily basis provides a great perspective for reviewing of these applications.”


Flaget will receive a special certificate and each teacher received a complimentary membership to the Ohio Academy of Science.  This program is sponsored by the Ohio Third Frontier, within the Ohio Development Services Agency.


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