2016 Emerging STEM School Systems

The following school systems were recognized in 2016 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.

  • Amherst Central School District
  • Belfast Central School District
  • Dunkirk City School District
  • Holland Central School District
  • Iroquois Central School District
  • Lew-Port Central School District
  • Ripley Central School District
  • Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District
  • Wellsville Central School District

WNY STEM Schools “On the Move”

The “Schools On the Move” award is a second-year recognition category.  The following individual schools were identified in 2016 because they submitted in 2015-16 applications.  First year entries were rated at the “Engaged” level of the NYS STEM Quality Learning Rubric across 6 components of the Rubric while previously recognized schools were held to the higher standard at the “Accomplished” level.  The components for which the panel of judges rates the applications based on written evidence provided by the applicant school were: 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.

On the Move – Accomplished Level:

  • Lancaster High School
  • Niagara Falls High School

On the Move – Engaged Level:

  • Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Maple Avenue Elementary School, Niagara Falls
  • Mt. St. Mary’s Academy
  • Nichols School
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • Tapestry Charter School
  • MST Prep High School

On the Move – Distinguished Mention:

  • Mullen Elementary School, Tonawanda
  • St. Benedicts

On the Move – Honorable Mention:

  • Canisius High School
  • Genesee Valley Elementary School, Belmont
  • Nardin High School
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