State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) congratulated St. Michael’s School in Independence on being one of 58 schools awarded the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research by the Ohio Academy of Sciences. The award celebrates schools that incorporate scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula. The result is students that develop the skills of communication, teamwork and collaboration, creativity and innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving.

“St. Michael’s School places an important focus of our curriculum on STEM and also believes in the importance of religion and art, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Margaret Campisi, principal of St. Michael’s School. “We like to call it ‘STREAM’ and we are committed to continue our culture of innovation and excellence in all of these curriculum areas so our students remain competitive in our ever-changing global society.”

The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are conducting a local science fair with 12 or more students, qualifying two or more of these students for one of the Academy's 17 district science days, having 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.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of St. Michael’s School,” said Rep. Anielski. “Their recognition by the Ohio Academy of Sciences confirms their focus on developing every aspect of the student, helping to form them into a well-rounded person for our technologically challenging world.”

The school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complimentary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science for their accomplishments during the 2017?2018 school year. 

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