Edison excellence awards
Schools honored for STEM education
Kilbourne Middle School and Thomas Worthington High School have been chosen to receive the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for the 2011-12 school year.
Kilbourne was one of only 12 schools to receive a perfect score of 10 from 35 professionals who rated the schools that had applied for the awards.
Sixteen teachers from the two Worthington schools also will receive the award, which recognizes outstanding schools and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A total of 62 Ohio schools and 356 teachers were recognized by the Ohio Academy of Science.
To receive an award, a school must conduct a local science fair with 20 or more students, qualify at least one student for a district science day and have students participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom.
They also must convince external professionals from STEM-related businesses, industries, government and academia how and to what extent their school's program has met the academy's definition of STEM education.
"These awardee schools are engaged in project-based curricula, the central element of any STEM education program," said Lynn E. Elfner, the academy's CEO.
Kilbourne teachers who will receive the awards are John Galipault, Ed Repko, Stephanie Records, Michael Miller, Brian Lord, Sarah Federanko, Elaine Dentler and Staci Coyle.
Thomas Worthington teachers who will receive the award are Jamie Haddow, Tom DeVore, Amy Beckstedt, Mary Rizk, Jodi Bacon, Jason Cervenec, Brian Luthy and Cynthia Hummel.