McHenry SD15 School Named Finalist for National STEM Excellence Award

Congratulations McHenry Elementary School District 15 for being recognized by the Future of Education Technology Conference for having one of the top Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) schools in the nation. Parkland School has been selected as a top three finalist for the FETC STEM Excellence Award and will be competing against two other elite schools. The winner will be announced on January 17th. ARCON wishes SD 15 the best of luck!

For the second year in a row, McHenry School District 15 is being recognized by the Future of Education Technology Conference as having one of the top Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) schools in the nation.

This year, Parkland School has been selected as a top three finalist for the FETC STEM Excellence Award. They will be competing against two other elite school systems in January.

The FETC STEM Advisory Committee assessed hundreds of national and international applications before narrowing it down to three school finalists.

The applications are evaluated based on the use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem-solving and STEM experiences offered to the students and community.

Parkland School was selected as one of three finalists in the middle school category for exemplary work in the areas of STEM, STEAM and Innovative Learning.

“Our school community at Parkland has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity to be honored alongside some of the best schools in the country,” said Dr. Fred Laudadio, executive director for learning and technology. “Parkland’s success is demonstrated by outstanding students who have gained substantial knowledge that will undoubtedly provide them a digital edge in a competitive world. They are being exposed to new technologies that foster creative thinking, collaborative sharing and information literacy.”

The 2020 Middle School Finalists are: Parkland School, McHenry School District 15, McHenry, Illinois; Mater Academy Charter Middle/High, Miami Dade Schools, Hialeah Gardens, Florida; and St. Pius X School, Diocese of Covington, Edgewood, Kentucky.

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