Each year, The Ohio Academy of Science awards the The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence (sponsored by the Ohio Department Services Agency) to students and teachers who go above and beyond in STEM education.

Students at Local and State Science Day are eligible for Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards in the fields of:

  • Advanced or Alternative Energy
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnology or Biomedical Technologies
  • Information Technology

Schools and Teachers who stimulate student originated, inquiry based science education, and technological design and extend STEM education beyond traditional classroom activities are also recognized each year. These judging criteria for teachers and schools include:

  • Conduct a local science fair with 12 or more students and have two or more of these students participate in the 2021 Virtual District Science Day OR Have 6 or more students participate in the 2021 Virtual District Science Day when no local has been conducted

  • Students must participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom

This award is sponsored by

Call for School and Teacher Applications

The call for applications for the 2020-21 school year Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research will be opened on April 19, 2021.

All application material is due to The Ohio Academy of Science by June 30, 2021.

2020 Edison Student Awardees Announced

For Local Science Days, directors may download a packet of certificates ( These certificates can be printed and used at schools, but ONLY for Superior rated projects using the Academy’s criteria.

At State Science Day, students are eligible for scholarships from the Governor’s Edison Awards in Advanced or Alternative Energy, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Biomedical technologies, and Information Technology.

Grades 10-12

1st place: $1,250
2nd place: $750
3rd place: $500

Grades 7-9

1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $500

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