Symposium & Awards - 2015


2015 Delaware STEM Symposium & Educator Awards
Our 2nd Annual Symposium was graciously attended by over 150 STEM focused guests from across the state. Congratulations again to all the winners of the 2015 awards! The 2015 Symposium brought together many passionate and influential individuals and organizations working on a common goal of improving STEM education and STEM careers in Delaware. We would like to see this cooperation and communication grow amongst all working for this valuable common goal.
Here are some of the media articles about the 2015 STEM Awards.  
We look forward to working with and seeing you all in the future as we prepare for the 2016 DE STEM Symposium and Awards. Thank you all again for being leaders in STEM in Delaware!  This years Delaware STEM Symposium and STEM Educator Awards took place January 25th at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. 

The agenda for the day was:

12:00 - 12:30pm   Registration and pick up lunch box

12:30 - 1:45          Symposium Session 1 (rooms 1 and 2)

 1:45 - 2:00           Breakout sessions and snack

 2:00 - 3:15           Symposium Session 2 (rooms 1 and 2)

 3:15 - 3:30           Breakout sessions and snack 

 3:30 - 4:45           Keynote Panel – Session 3

 5:00 - 6:30pm      Registration for Awards and highlighting of student work in lobby.

 6:30 - 7:30           Speeches, Awards presentations.

Symposium Schedule:


Session 1

12:30 – 1:45

Room 1- Catalyzing, Communicating, Connecting STEM in DE - Business, Higher Ed, K-12, Community, Students, etc. (Roundtable)

Room 2 – Developing a STEM program in your school and district – Last year’s 2014 STEM winners, Superintendent, Appoquinimink SD, Principals, etc.  (Panel Discussion)

Session 2

2:00 – 3:15

Room 1 STEM – Literacy, Degrees and Workforce Development - Business, Higher Ed, K-12, Community, Students, DDOE etc.   (Roundtable)

Room 2 –  Building a culture of Community Learning around STEM Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering (FAME), Others.

Session 3

3:30 – 4:45

The future of STEM in Delaware & the region Ag, Biotech, Healthcare, IT, Space, Etc.  

(Panel Discussion)


Application Information

Essential Documents for the 2015 Award are detailed below. Please review and submit all forms.

Thank you for your interest in the annual STEM Awards - We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 award. Please look at the page for the 2016 Awards to learn more about appling next year!!

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Program Summary

The Delaware STEM Educator Award recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. A total of three unrestricted $7,500.00 cash awards will be given to winning teachers or teams.

The Governor’s STEM Council definition of STEM education and the Council’s three goals are the basis for evaluation of exemplary STEM practice in the classroom.

Definition of STEM:

STEM Education is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for all students through student-focused, problem-based curricula and instruction. STEM education fosters creativity and innovation while developing communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through a focus on authentic and appropriate contexts in curriculum and assessment.

STEM Council Goals:

1) Expand the number of Delaware students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women and minorities in these fields;

2) expand the STEM capable workforce to create, grow and attract STEM-related businesses to Delaware;

3) increase STEM literacy for all Delaware students including those who pursue non-STEM related careers, but need STEM skills


Applicants must be a certified teachers at the K-12 grade level in a Delaware public school.  Applicants must be full-time employees of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies and teach K-12 students at least 50% of the time.

Selection Procedure

For the 2014-15 school year, the Delaware STEM Educator Award Selection Committee (a group representative of the Governor’s Delaware STEM Council) will review all completed applications and select three recipients: one at the elementary (K-5), one at the middle school level (6-8) and one at the secondary level (9-12).  Finalists will be notified of their selection via telephone and postal mail and/or email.  Finalists will be recognized and presented with their awards during a STEM program where awardees will share innovative practices with teachers from throughout the state.  The date and details regarding the program will be included with finalist notification.

Note: All materials being submitted for consideration need to be received by June 15th 2015

Special Thanks to Ashland for supporting the Delaware STEM Educator Awards during its second annual running!!

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    Delaware STEM Educator Awards 2015