CANTON: Canton City Schools’ STEAMM Academy has become the first school in Stark County to receive a STEAM or STEM designation.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network announced the STEAMM Academy @ Hartford’s designation on Friday.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEAM adds arts to the mix.

The extra ‘M’ in STEAMM Academy @ Hartford stands for medicine, which the school integrates, along with other STEAM subjects, in its project-based curriculum.

The Ohio STEM Committee, which is made up of policymakers, agency directors and business leaders, reviewed 22 applications from schools across the state. Designation recognizes the school as an effective place for STEM learning and invites the school into the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN).

Schools can either receive a STEAM or STEM designation. The STEAMM Academy @ Hartford opted for a STEAM designation, and it was one of 11 to receive a designation this year.

“My predecessor, Chris Smith, worked with community leaders to create the STEAMM Academy,” said Superintendent Adrian Allison in a news release.

“The Academy’s designation as an Ohio STEM school validates his vision and the subsequent work the staff, students, and families have done to create a transformative learning environment.”

The I Promise School, which is opening in July in Akron Public Schools, was also one of the 11 in the state to receive a STEM designation on Friday.

Because the school is not open yet, it was required to host a site visit with staff from Battelle, which manages the OSLN, and representatives of the Ohio Department of Education to receive a designation.

The I Promise School is now one of four in Summit County to have a designation.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network was created in 2008 with five schools and now includes 55 schools across the state.

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