NIHF-STEM Middle School

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® School…Center for STEM Learning (NIHF-STEM Middle School) is open to learners in grades 5-8 and focuses on providing the highest quality educational experiences driven by creativity and inventive thinking through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As part of the Akron Public School district and in operation since 2009, the NIHF-STEM Middle School is designed to be a unique and comprehensive middle school that promotes problem-based learning. The NIHF-STEM Middle School is recognized as a leader in the STEM education system due to its focus on experiential middle grade instruction and the collaborative nature of the project with community-wide partners. This innovative partnership model is foundational to the school’s success.

The NIHF-STEM Middle School’s founding partners include Akron Public Schools, the City of Akron, Invent Now (formerly the National Inventors Hall of Fame®), The University of Akron, Akron Tomorrow and the Greater Akron Chamber. These community connections allow the school to prepare students for productive and successful high school and college experiences and also entry into STEM-related career fields.

NIHF-STEM High School

Located on the University of Akron’s campus and part of the Akron Public School district, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® STEM High School opened in the fall of 2012 for ninth grade learners. An additional grade will be added each year until the school reaches capacity in the 2015-2016 school year.

The NIHF-STEM High School’s vision is to provide a positive learning environment for students that inspires creativity, fosters inventive and critical thinking, cultivates leadership and problem solving skills and promotes wellness and citizenship through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Similarly to the NIHF-STEM Middle School, the NIHF-STEM High School is open to learners of all ability levels with an interest in STEM.

The NIHF-STEM High School’s founding partners include Akron Public Schools, the University of Akron, Invent Now (formerly the National Inventors Hall of Fame), the City of Akron, the Greater Akron Chamber and Akron Tomorrow. These partners offer each student the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential in a safe and affirming learning environment characterized by an extensive, student-focused effort from all segments of the community.

Bio-Med Science Academy

The Bio-Med Science Academy began its first academic year with a freshman class in August 2012. The Academy partners with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio and resides on its campus. Academy integration on a medical university campus allows teachers and students to take advantage of sophisticated research laboratories and guest lectures from an array of scientific researchers, professors and medical professionals.

Bio-Med students have their natural abilities nurtured in progressive, dynamic and rigorous ways. Students think critically, solve complex problems, drive advancements in STEM+M (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) disciplines and prepare for real-world living and working. Graduates of Bio-Med Science Academy will be logical thinkers and innovators, but it’s not Bio-Med’s purpose to produce “industrial automatons,” but to create a balance of disciplines from the arts, humanities and sciences.

Northwestern Schools

Northwestern is a lighthouse public school district of 1,428 students located in Northern Wayne County serving more than 212 open enrolled students (roughly 15% of our population) in addition to resident students from Wayne, Stark, Ashland, Medina, Richland, Holmes, and Summit Counties.

Northwestern Schools possesses a new Innovation Lab Network collaboration dedicated to improving the future of student programs in the district. A pillar of academic success over the past 10 years as well as a public school leader in STEM Education in Northeast Ohio, the success of Northwestern is well documented, emulated by neighboring school districts and followed closely by numerous industrial and civic partners throughout the region. The District is especially proud of its innovative project-based learning environment, Senior and 8th Grade Career Capstone courses, STEM programs, and “Innovation Station” District STEM Lab.