Andy Wilcox, Chair of the Engineering and Computer Science Department, is a member of the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and took the initiative to apply for the award in the fall of 2019. Rockhurst was notified in December of 2019 that it was one of ten schools to receive the award!
Applicant schools were put through a rigorous scoring system designed by ITEEA. A score of 110 points was needed to earn the recognition and Rockhurst High School scorec 205 points! One of the reasons we scored so highly is because ITEEA advocates for “i-STEM”, which means “integrative STEM”. They loved how integrated so much of the Rockhurst STEAM programming was. Below are a few quotes from the director, Nancye Hart.
- “The fact that you require an Introduction to Computer Science course is aggressive. We love it.”
- “You have a wide variety of Robotics, Engineering and AP Courses that helped you stand out.”
- “Your collaborations with Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes, Project Lead the Way, the CAPS Network as well as others all really hit the mark, not to mention that you are STEM Certified.”
- “The Fundamentals of Science Research class from Mr. Nendick is quite impressive and reminds us of programs from the North Carolina School of Science and Math.”
Mr. Greg Owsley, STEAM Director of Rockhurst High School, was supposed to receive the award in March of 2020 at ITEEA’s 82nd Annual Conference, but was unable to attend due to the worldwide pandemic. Rockhurst received the award banner in the mail earlier this summer.
Mr Greg Owsley & Mr Andrew Wilcox display the national award banner presented to Rockhurst one of ten STEM schools of excellence from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association(@iteea ) located near our nations Capitol in Reston, Virginia. AMDG pic.twitter.com/3CkIDV8Jxe— David J Laughlin (@RockHighPres) June 24, 2020