Awards

2017 Houston STEM Education Day Awards Nominations

There are thousands of dedicated individuals and groups making a difference in the STEM field every day.  That is why Houston STEM Education Day would like to formally recognize, at the highest level, some of these contributions.  The Houston STEM Education Day award program is aimed at acknowledging the dedication, talents, efforts and contributions of educators in strengthening STEM education, while fostering pride in service and promoting excellence and commitment in their represented STEM fields and communities.  The awards are also for work that supports activities consistent with emphasizing the importance of STEM education when it comes to preparing the youth of Texas for their futures.

Three grand prize awards will be given: 1) outstanding K-12 teacher, teacher team, or STEM champion in the STEM Connected category; 2) exceptional program, organization, or school in the Preparing a STEM Workforce category; and 3) overall excellence in STEM selected from all nominees.

Nominations are sought for efforts that specifically fit within two categories:

STEM Connected and Preparing a STEM Workforce.

STEM Connected: STEM can be a powerful unifying theme across the curriculum. It can open the door for collaboration among teachers across disciplines and engage business and community stakeholders. STEM is all around us. It connects our life, our community, our country and our world. When teachers integrate STEM content into their classrooms, they are modeling how the real world operates, allowing students to make meaning in the world in which they live. Houston STEM Education Day is now accepting nominations to recognize educators who successfully connect STEM principles with other disciplines and meaningfully links them to students’ lives and the world in which they live.

Finalists will be named for each grade category: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, and for one STEM Champion. Finalists will receive a scholarship to attend CAST 2017 and a certificate. One grand prize winner will be selected from the four finalists and will receive a grant of $1,500 to continue, expand or scale up the winning STEM connected activity or program.

Preparing a STEM Workforce:   An education in STEM can pave the way to an exciting and rewarding career for today’s students. As demand increases for skilled workers, and education focused on STEM gives students the power to find better jobs and economic opportunities. Our educators play a key role to inspire and prepare students for a 21st century workforce. The Houston STEM Education Day is now accepting nominations to recognize schools, organizations, and/or programs that successfully prepare students to future their education in STEM fields or for the STEM workforce.

Finalists will be named for a K-12 school, a  school related program, and an informal science program. Programs can be offered by organizations, professional societies, or other non-profit groups.  Finalists will receive a certificate and one scholarship for a representative to attend CAST 2017.

One grand prize winner will be selected from the finalists and will receive a grant of $1,500 to continue, expand or scale up the winning STEM connected activity or program.

Eligibility:

     • Individual teachers working in a public or private K-12 institution.

• Teams of 2 or more teachers working in a public or private K-12 institution.

• Educational institutions and non-profit organizations providing out of school programming. This may include programs for specific schools,

such as after-school programs or professional development for teachers, or informal STEM programs such as museum programs,

competitions, or advocacy programs.

• Individuals such as a school administrator who champion and facilitate the work of educators, institutions, and/or non-profit organizations.

 

Applicants may nominate themselves or someone else.

Named finalists must attend Houston STEM Education Day and be willing to participate in a break out session or share-a-thon to present and/or provide a hands-on activity.

Click HERE to nominate a teacher or teacher team, STEM Champion, or STEM Program or organization.