Dozens of students from St. Athanasius School in Evanston competed last Saturday at the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences regional science fair at the Museium of Science and Indusry in Chicago.

And they came away with the “top school” award among the 36 competing schools.

The 7th and 8th grad students received 32 gold, two silver and one bronze awards in poster sessions at the fair and 13 were invited to compete in the state science fair next month at Bradley University in Peoria.

Six students competed in paper sessions and received five gold and one silver awards, and two were invited to the state science fair.

Nine students received special awards and artistic designs from two students were chosen for the souvenier T-shirt and the program booklet.

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  1. Kudos to St. Athanasius!!!
    St. Athanasius rocks!!!

    I understand St. Athanasius is the only elementary and middle school in Evanston with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab.

    And St. Athanasius didn’t ask for a $115 million tax hike from property owners.

    Although D65 does not have STEM lab it has a STEM Department. There is also EvanSTEM, sponsored by D65 and funded by the Noyce Foundation. It is a collaboration among D65 and 202 and nine other organizations that support or provide out-of-school STEM learning opportunities. No certified STEM lab, though.

    Last summer, there was a Fifth Ward STEM fest that was part of “EvanSTEM’s initiatives designed to spark interest and learning in STEM, especially for African American and Latino youth.”

    Say, the Sixth Ward sure could use a STEMfest.

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