Symposium & Awards - 2018

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Draft Agenda:

Descriptions of Sessions on May 2nd 2018:

The draft agenda for the Symposium is as follows:

All events happen at Delaware State University’s MLK Room at 1200 N Dupont Hwy Dover, Delaware 19901

Registration: 1:00 - 1:15

Session 1 - STEM Food & Agriculture in Delaware 1:15 – 2:15

STEM is already changing every aspect of American life and Delaware is uniquely poised to help capture this ever-growing trend. Food and agriculture is Delaware’s largest single land use. Approximately 41% of Delaware’s land is used for farming which generates production values in excess of 1.3$ billion.  These gains are an opportunity that not only puts Delaware ahead of neighboring states in the region, Agriculture as an industry is competitive with California in market value of agricultural products sold per acre as well as in value sold per farm. Despite these opportunities, few understand that the food and agriculture industries are STEM industries. The broad array of STEM skills that workers at all levels need to keep Delaware’s Food and Agriculture industries key to the state must not be underestimated. Agriculture is not only key to the state, it is key to STEM-related learning and employment.

Session 2 - The Future of STEM & Healthcare in Delaware 2:30 – 3:30

STEM and Healthcare are both vital to the future of our region, the future of our state, our future as individuals, and the future of our children. Many of the nation’s healthcare empires call Delaware home, and Healthcare is expected by many to help usher Delaware into new growth sectors. The historic growth of the healthcare industry in recent years has been robust with the opening of UD’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus and Delaware State University’s opening of the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Campus. While recognizing the importance of Healthcare, both as an industry and as a service sector that all people depend on, the intersections between STEM and Healthcare are not broadly recognized. In order to champion industries like healthcare, today’s students must be aware of not only the traditional STEM healthcare careers but those STEM areas that are not normally thought of as being related to the Healthcare industry. We must work to identify current and future roles STEM has in Healthcare, and make students aware of and interested in that integration.

Session 3 - Delaware STEM and Information Technology (IT) 3:45 – 4:45

The amount of information in the world increases exponentially by the day. There is so much information available that it is beyond human ability to know and assimilate it all. While there are lots of adjustments that can be made to account for this, there are also new-found avenues to harness and utilize this trend. Both a working group for Governor Carney and an economic development plan for the state by business execs list Technology and Information as key drivers for the Delaware STEM economy. Be it financial technology (fintech) in the banking sector, cybersecurity, the great work of DTI to increase Delawareans’ access to information or entrepreneurial coding and manufacturing, with a locally developed workforce, Delaware is poised to continue huge gains in this industry for years to come. 

Awards Presentation 5:00 - 6:15pm

Cocktail / Networking hour 6:30 - 7:30


2018 Delaware STEM Symposium & Educator Awards
Our 4th Annual Delaware STEM Symposium and STEM Educator Awards will take place in May 2nd 2018 at Delaware State University in Dover. 
Here are some of the media articles about the 2016 STEM Awards.  

We look forward to working with and seeing you all in the future as we prepare 

Application Information for STEM Awards

Essential Documents for the 2018 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 who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. A total of three unrestricted cash awards up to $7,500.00 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 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 2017-18 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 the finalists: at the elementary (K-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12) levels.  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 March 30th, 2018.

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

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