Technology Teacher Wins Ohio STEM Advocate Award

Congratulations to WSM technology teacher Tom Burnworth! The Ohio Department of Education named Tom as the recipient of the 2021 Ohio STEM Advocate Award. The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.
In addition to his work at WSM, Tom is the Executive Director of the Sylvania STEM Center. 
Tom focuses on bringing industry-level science and technology to student experiences. Through his work, thousands of local young people experience the design cycle. Recently, students in Tom’s program tackled the Lake Erie Algae Blooms. Students designed, built, and tested a 3D-printed water container that combined UV light and commercial filters. Follow-up testing by a lab at the University of Toledo proved lake water treated by the students’ device was even cleaner than local tap water. 
Our students are so fortunate to have Tom, a leader in STEM education, at West Side!