The Finger Lakes STEM Hub recently presented awards to educators in the Finger Lakes region who have made science, technology, engineering and math education a priority in order to recognize exemplary programs being offered in local schools.

Churchville-Chili Central School District’s Garden of the Saints agricultural program received recognition.

STEM education has come to the forefront in recent years due to the increasing demand for jobs in these areas. The awards showcase the excellent programs that already exist in the Finger Lakes STEM Hub nine-county area, including Monroe. These programs can be used as models and inspiration for others to incorporate STEM at any grade level and in many ways.

To be considered for an award, applicants submitted a summary of their program, including information on how it met one or more of the nine STEM Learning Categories as identified in the New York State STEM Quality Learning rubric. Applications were reviewed by a panel of experts who are part of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.

Programs receiving the STEM Program Recognition Award were honored May 13 at a luncheon at the Science Exploration Days at St. John Fisher College. To view the full list, visit