Gesu selected for STEM distinction

Students in Gesu’s seventh-grade technology class apply their knowledge of programming by flying drones.

Gesu Catholic School has received STEM designation from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Learning Network. It is one of just 55 elementary, middle and high schools in the state to have received this recognition since 2006.

According to the network, “Designation recognizes a school’s holistic approach to STEM learning as more than just science, technology, engineering and math. These schools showed exceptional proof of engagement across academic disciplines, of empowering students as creative problem-solvers, and of a school-wide commitment to a quality STEM education for all students.”

Grounded in its Catholic faith, Gesu has extended its STEM efforts to STREAM, which includes religion and art. The STREAM program engages all Gesu students, grades K–8, in areas such as robotics, technical design, project-based learning, and architecture.

Many are responsible for this exciting designation, including Principal Lucy Iemmolo, STREAM Coordinator Marjorie Gessner, faculty, staff, parents, parishioners, and the donors who contributed to make Gesu’s STREAM Learning Center a reality.

For more information about Gesu Catholic School and STREAM Center initiatives, contact Marjorie Gessner at 216-932-0620 or

Mary Kate Farrar

Mary Kate Farrar is the director of development & communication for the Church of the Gesu and Gesu Catholic School.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.04.2018