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Chaney STEM and teachers earn awards



Published: Tue, August 20, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

Youngstown

Youngstown City Schools’ Chaney STEM and 13 teachers were awarded the Ohio Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for the second year in a row.

The Ohio Academy of Science selected 58 Ohio schools and 420 teachers to receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for their accomplishments during the 2012-13 school year. Each will receive special Governor’s Award certificates.

Teachers honored at Chaney STEM are Tara Amill, Tim Bakos, Madonna Barwick, James Cassidy, Michael Cracraft, Ben Dooley, Mary Lowry, Pam Lubich, Fawn McPheters, Sharon Ragan, Melissa Rhode, Cory Rudibaugh and Carrie Sinkele.

“These awardees are engaged in project-based curricula, the central element of any STEM education program,” said Lynn E. Elfner, the academy’s CEO. “Receiving a Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these schools and teachers value student-originated, inquiry-based science and technology education as envisioned for the Next-Generation Science Education Standards available now.”

Thirty professionals representing STEM employers from business and industry, government and academia evaluated the applications in a blind review process: AEP, Battelle Memorial Institute, Case Western Reserve University, Central State University, DeVry University, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, GE, Heidelberg University, Lake County Educational Service Center, Lorain County Community College, Mount Union University, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Ohio Consumers’ Council, Ohio Northern University, Ohio State University, Ohio State University Medical Center, Otterbein University, Procter & Gamble Co., Retired — Procter & Gamble Co., Retired — Battelle Memorial Institute, Retired — Ohio State University, Retired — University of Akron, Summa Health System, University of Findlay, U.S. Geological Survey, Vehicle Research & Test Center and Yale University.

The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.


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