Congratulations to all the 2020 STEM Educator Award Winners!!!
The Delaware STEM Symposium brings together thought leaders in all aspects of the STEM pipeline into thoughtful discussions into the challenges and opportunities that a STEM future means to Delaware and the region. Leading the Delaware Valley when it comes to STEM advocacy and resources, Delaware STEM brings leaders and experts from across the country to engage in this annual event.
The Delaware STEM Educator Awards recognize a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels of both traditional schools and community programming who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. At least three unrestricted cash awards of up to $7,500 will be given to each first-place winning teacher or team of teachers.
Definition of STEM:
The Delaware STEM Council’s and Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education’s (DFSME) definition of STEM education and the Council’s three goals are the basis for the preliminary evaluation of exemplary STEM practice in the classroom.
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:
- 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;
- expand the STEM capable workforce to create, grow and attract STEM-related businesses to Delaware;
- increase STEM literacy for all Delaware students including those who pursue non-STEM related careers, but need STEM skills
Applicants can be certified K-12 teachers in the Delaware public school system as well as exceptional educators who may be uncertified but still work with K-12 students in a focused STEM curriculum. Such a curriculum (science, math, engineering, technology, computer science and CTE) must still meet all expectations and goals of the Delaware STEM Council, as listed above. Programs can include before and after-school programs as well as summer camps. Preference is given to published STEM curriculums and programs that have been vetted, sustainable STEM programs and activities that have impacted many and can be replicated and scaled across the state and beyond.
The Delaware STEM Educator Award Selection Committee (a group representative of the Governor’s Delaware STEM Council) will review all completed applications and select first place winners in each category. 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 Council sponsored Symposium program where awardees will share innovative practices with teachers from throughout the state. The date and details regarding the Symposium and Awards Ceremony program will be included with finalist notification.
Click here to download full application: 2021 Delaware STEM Educator Awards Application (PDF)
Registration for the event: TBA