Gearity is district's second STEM elementary school
Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District became the first district in Northeast Ohio with two STEM-designated elementary schools after Gearity Professional Development School was selected to join the Ohio STEM Learning Network in late April. Gearity had been STEM-focused for years before receiving the official designation. Boulevard Elementary School earned the designation in 2018.
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.
“Congratulations to Gearity on earning this important designation,” said CH-UH Interim Superintendent Brian Williams. “I commend Principal Katrina Hicks and STEM Program Specialist Jackie Taylor for their leadership in this process. The staff, students and Gearity community should be proud of this accomplishment. As a district, we appreciate the importance of having STEM schools to equip our students with an educational background in science and technology.”
Official 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. Thirty applications from schools across Ohio were considered this year, and just 14 were selected.
The Ohio STEM Committee is a panel of policymakers, agency directors and business leaders. The committee is supported by the Ohio Department of Education.
Scott Wortman is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.