May 9, 2018 --
For years Boulevard Elementary has been a STEM-focused school and now the designation is official with the Ohio Department of Education. Boulevard joined the ranks of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, receiving word of the accomplishment in late April.
Boulevard is one of just four elementary schools in Cuyahoga County and one of 21 elementaries in the state of Ohio with the official STEM designation.
“Congratulations to Boulevard on earning this significant designation. The staff, students, and Boulevard community should be proud of this accomplishment,” said CH-UH Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon. “We do not want ‘one-size-fits-all’ elementary schools in our community, so we appreciate the importance of having STEM schools to equip our students with an educational background in science and technology. I commend Boulevard principal Dr. Michael Jenkins and STEM program specialist Jackie Taylor for their leadership in this process.”
Twenty-two applications from schools across Ohio were considered, with 11 ultimately receiving the official designation. This designation recognizes a school’s design as an effective place for STEM learning and invites the school into the Ohio STEM Learning Network, a public-private partnership managed by Battelle.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education provides students with a deep understanding of STEM subjects while incorporating inquiry-based learning and design thinking in all subjects.
The Ohio STEM Committee is a panel of policymakers, agency directors, and business leaders. The committee is supported by the Ohio Department of Education.
The committee designated 11 new STEM schools:
- Bishop Flaget School (Ross County)
- Boulevard Elementary School (Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, Cuyahoga County)
- Gesu Catholic School (Cuyahoga County)
- Graham Elementary School (Graham Local Schools, Champaign County)
- Graham Middle School (Graham Local Schools, Champaign County)
- I Promise School (Akron City Schools, Summit County)
- Lander Elementary School (Mayfield Local Schools, Cuyahoga County)
- Orchard STEM School (Cleveland Metro Schools, Cuyahoga County)
- Southdale Elementary School (Kettering City Schools, Montgomery County)
- St. Joseph School (Lorain County)
- STEAMM Academy @ Hartford Middle School (Canton City Schools, Stark County)
“Inducting new schools into our network provides new ideas while ensuring the growth of STEM education in the minds of Ohio teachers and parents,” said Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice President of Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy at Battelle. “These schools can be proud of their work in earning this honor and we look forward to sharing their unique strengths with the rest of Ohio’s vibrant STEM education community.”
About the Ohio STEM Learning Network
The Ohio STEM Learning Network was created in 2008 with five schools. With the addition of today’s schools, the network grows to 55 total STEM schools. The schools are supported by seven regional hubs. For more information, visit www.osln.org.
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.