North Ridgeville school receives STEM award



NORTH RIDGEVILLE – The Ohio Academy of Science recently awarded Saint Peter School in North Ridgeville with the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Student Research and STEM Education.

The academy defines STEM education as both the mastery and integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for all Pre-K through grade 12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.

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

Saint Peter School was one of only 58 award winners in Ohio. Principal Roger Brooks is proud of this accomplishment.

“The Thomas Edison award means the students and staff work very hard to ensure each student receives an education based in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as religion,” Brooks said. “We are thrilled to have a staff that understands what our students need to be successful in their education at Saint Peter School and throughout their future education.”

To be considered for this award, a school must meet a set of criteria. These include holding a science fair, qualifying two or more students for district science days, participation in one or more youth science opportunities outside the classroom and meeting the academy’s definition of STEM education within the curriculum.

Teachers are also recognized for their efforts in reaching this honorable goal. The following teachers were named as award winners for the school: Nicole Pozega, Becky Essenmacher, Holly Trampush, Donna Stano, Roger Brooks, Linda Karr, Carol Costanzo, Janis Van Dyke, Andrea Byrne, Kathy Hepp, Meg Harasym, Eileen Geiger and Ann Marie Hice.

“These schools and teachers push the boundaries of the traditional classroom by advising and mentoring student originated research and other hands‐on experiences,” said Michael E. Woytek, the academy’s CEO.

The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and the Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services.

Forty professionals broadly representing STEM principles from business, industry, government and academia evaluated the applications in a review process.

For more information about the Thomas Edison Award or other programs provided by the Ohio Academy of Science, visit


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