2015 Emerging STEM School Systems

The following school systems were recognized in 2015 because they demonstrated a commitment to allocating resources, developing staff, establishing programs or identifying priorities for STEM.  A team of non-school nominators across all counties suggests school systems for recognition annually. Systemic commitment to STEM is validated by the school system’s published curriculum and programs; board of education priorities and allocations and/or school site visits by the WNY STEM Board of Directors.  The recognition program was in partnership with Siemens Industry, Inc.

  • —Alden Central School District
  • —Allegany-Limestone Central School District
  • —Charter School for Applied Technologies (K-12)
  • —Chautauqua Lake Central School District
  • —Cleveland-Hill Union Free School District
  • —Eden Central School District
  • —Forestville Central School District
  • —Franklinville Central School District
  • —Frontier Central School District
  • —Genesee Valley Central School District
  • —Gowanda Central School District
  • —Grand Island Central School District
  • —Olean City School District
  • —Salamanca City Central School District
  • —West Valley Central School District

WNY STEM Schools “On the Move”

“Schools On the Move” is a new recognition category.  The following individual schools were identified in 2015 because they submitted applications and received top ratings from a panel of judges for criteria at the “Engaged” level of the NYS STEM Quality Learning Rubric across 6 components of the Rubric:  Degree of STEM Integration, Connections to Non-STEM Disciplines, Degree of Use of Project-Based Learning, Connections to STEM Careers, Application of the Engineering Design Process and Integration of Technology.

  • —Allegany Limestone High School
  • —Gowanda High School
  • —Harry Abate Elementary School
  • —Lancaster High School
  • —Math-Science-Technology Preparatory School
  • —Mt. Mercy Academy
  • —Niagara Falls High School
  • —Park School
  • —Pioneer High School

On the Move – Distinguished Mention:

  • —Canisius High School
  • —Gaskill Preparatory School
  • —Tapestry Charter School
  • —Nichols School

On the Move – Honorable Mention:

  • —Nardin Academy
  • —Olean High School

STEM providers and educators for students of all ages (PreK-20) can find a rubric guide for quality STEM learning here: NYSSTEMRubric.

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