Symposium & Awards - 2016

Delaware STEM Educator Awards - Science Technology Engineering Math

Draft Agenda:
DSEA 2016 Agenda

Descriptions of Sessions:

            A Search for STEM Equity in Delaware

STEM is already changing every aspect of American life and Delaware is uniquely poised help capture this ever-growing trend. Whether it be in the lives of children, adolescents or adults, there are many opportunities in Agriculture, Computer Science, Information Technology, Healthcare, Finance and so much more. Despite these opportunities felt by many, they are not felt by all. Under-represented or disadvantaged persons are just some of the equality challenges that future STEM-related learning and employment face.

Additional categories that will be discussed include:

  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio economic
  • Young professionals and ageism

The Importance of Professional Development and STEM

STEM and therefore, STEM trainings and education—are vital to our future—the future of our region, the future of our state and the future of our children. Despite these futures, and the emergence of STEM, professional development for educators at K12, higher ed, and corporate levels often lack sufficient backgrounds to effectively integrate STEM skills into their PD programs. Thus professional development is of critical importance for the whole STEM pipeline.

Additional categories and questions that may be discussed include:

  • What are the perceived critical professional development needs of teachers & instructors who are being prepared to incorporate STEM content, skills and concepts?
  • What are the best practices used to address the perceived professional development needs of teachers & instructors including techniques, pedagogical approaches, and strategies?
  • What is the fundamental content knowledge targeted by the professional development?
  • What are the skills, principles, and critical development knowledge sets determined to be essential for the corporation?
  • What soft skills do current STEM professionals need to make them better employees?
  • What are the persistent and confounding challenges/barriers unique to STEM oriented professional development?

2016 Delaware STEM Symposium & Educator Awards
Our 3rd Annual Delaware STEM Symposium and STEM Educator Awards will take place in November 2016 at Clayton Hall of the University of Delaware. 
Here are some of the media articles about the 2016 STEM Awards.  

Application Information for STEM Awards

Essential Documents for the 2016 Award are detailed below. Please review and submit all forms.

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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 $5000.00 cash awards will be given to winning teachers or teams with an additional $3,000 to be divided among all finalists as determined by the audience following brief project “pitch” presentations.  A total of $1,750 will be awarded to three high school students demonstrating student engagement, with place order also determined by the audience. 

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 2015-16 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 2016

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

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