The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as "both the mastery and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-baed carricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving."
To this STEM core we add strong emphases on art and religious education to create STREAM education.
For several years, the Ohio Academy of Science has recognized St. Francis of Assisi School in Gates Mills with the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. Beyond the school’s recognition, seven members of the school’s faculty have also earned individual STEM awards from the Academy this year. The award recognizes schools and teachers who stimulate student scientific research and technological design and extend STEM education opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. St. Francis offers STEM education at all levels and provides STEM home challenges and all-school challenges monthly in addition to classroom STEM lessons. With the help of a generous grant from the Veale Foundation, St. Francis students and teachers are also creating a STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math) learning garden where every student can participate in hands-on learning.