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Beaumont School one of 44 Ohio schools honored with the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research

Beaumont School was awarded the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education, an honor given by the Ohio Academy of Sciences, which recognizes schools displaying excellence in STEM-based teaching. Beaumont is one of only 44 Ohio primary and secondary schools recognized for the 2014-2015 school-year, and the only high school in Cuyahoga County to receive the award.

Ten of Beaumont’s faculty members were also recognized, in conjunction with the award, for their excellence in teaching STEM subjects. 401 Ohio teachers were bestowed this honor. Beaumont’s recognized faculty are Lauren Brandon, Soma Chakravarti, Lynn Gadus, Samiha Iskander, Simon Masters, Gretchen Santo, Yvonne Schiffer and Ela Winkler, science faculty members; Rebeka DeChant, instructional technology coordinator and media specialist; and Sister Ann Wojnar, OSU, computer science department chair.

Beaumont has been a recipient of the Thomas Edison Award for the past 12 years, a testament of the school’s ability to evolve with the advent of new STEM technology. Beaumont opened a STEM addition in January 2014, a $9.5 million investment containing eight science classrooms that can host both lectures and labs, four science prep rooms, a student commons, guidance center and administrative offices. The building has already enhanced Beaumont’s strong curriculum in the sciences through updated technology and facilities.

Over the past several years, Beaumont’s curriculum has expanded to include new STEM focused subjects and extracurricular activities, including a pre-engineering program and a nationally recognized robotics team. By emphasizing a strong foundation in STEM subjects, students can better analyze and solve problems, work collaboratively toward solutions, and have greater comfort with technology. No matter the career path students ultimately choose, Beaumont’s investment in STEM will provide experiences that cultivate creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.