Best of the Week 2021-2022: Teaching to the Future


St. Edward High School's Young Innovators' Institute received a $2,500 grant through The Ohio STEM Learning Network STEM Classroom Grant Program to aid in continuing St. Ed's efforts to make innovative experiences possible for the next generation of innovators. Having launched back in 2018, St. Ed's Young Innovators' Institute has become a 6-12 week experience for boys in grades 6 and 7 to blend skills from multiple disciplines to create inventive solutions to everyday problems. Now in its fourth season, the Young Innovators' Institute invites prospective students to prototype, produce, market and pitch daring new product ideas for the chance to win a grand cash prize. Throughout the program, students are mentored by dynamic St. Ed's teachers from our Computer Science, Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering & Technology and Film departments. Thanks to the OSLN STEM Classroom Grant Program, funded by Battelle, St. Ed's Young Innvators' Institute will continue to ignite students' love for problem solving, innovating, and STEM. "This year, with the Garden Project as a new symbol to our community, both of our commitment to relevant, hands-on learning and to being environmentally conscious, we're challenging innovators to dream up ways to make that garden even better. The idea is to help these young makers see themselves as creative problem solvers, but also give them an anchor in a meaningful project that everyone at St. Ed's has already fallen in love with," says Associate Dean of Academics and IB Coordinator Nick Kuhar. "That all links up with our broader goal: helping young innovators strike a balance between dreaming big while also minding their limitations. We want everyone involved to learn how to be open-minded, to compromise, to work past their fears of sharing their ideas and thoughts, etc. These are the social and intellectual skills we prize as an IB World School." St. Ed's Young Innovators' Institute: Season 4 begins February 2 through March 16, 2022. For boys in 6th and 7th grade who are interested in this fourth-annual multi-week design challenge, sign up today at