The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), the largest, national, independent education technology conference, today announced the nine schools named finalists of the 2017 STEM Excellence Awards. During the 37th annual ed tech event, taking place January 24 – 27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the three finalist schools in each category — elementary, middle and high school — will present their innovative approaches to STEM education to FETC attendees. The winners will be formally announced on Thursday, January 26.
“Education around the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — has become a primary focus for schools in preparing their students for the jobs of the future. The STEM Excellence Awards program recognizes the schools that have demonstrated successful, innovative approaches to STEM education and enhanced how their students learn these crucial subjects,” said Jennifer Womble, program chair of FETC. “Our nine finalist schools have distinguished themselves by creating exceptional STEM education programs. We are delighted to recognize their successes, and we applaud all participating schools for showing how they make STEM a priority.”
The nine schools recognized as STEM Excellence Awards finalists are:
Elementary School Division
- Liberty Elementary School, Loudoun County Public Schools, South Riding, Va.
- Mountain View Elementary School, Prince William County Schools, Haymarket, Va.
- Oxford Elementary School, Oxford USD 358, Oxford, Kan.
Middle School Division
- Engineering and Science University Magnet Middle School, New Haven Public Schools, Hamden, Conn.
- Laing Middle School of Science and Technology, Charleston County School District, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
- Rose Park Magnet Middle Prep, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, Tenn.
High School Division
- Engineering and Science University Magnet High School, New Haven Public Schools, Hamden, Conn.
- Mater Academy Charter, Miami Dade School District, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
- Riverview High School, Anglophone East School District, Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
Throughout the conference, each finalist will present in the STEM Theater, located at Booth No. 1805 in the FETC exposition hall. During these sessions, representatives from each of the nine schools will showcase their exemplary strategies for teaching STEM to their students, providing attendees with practical tips and proven processes they can use to support a successful STEM program at their own schools.
The three winning schools in each category will be announced live during the STEM Excellence keynote session, taking place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. EST.
The STEM Excellence Awards are judged by a panel of seven high-ranking education professionals from across the U.S., including:
- Timothy Childers, assistant principal for Technology Integration, L&N STEM Academy;
- Karie Huttner, education technology coordinator and math resource teacher, Verona Area School District;
- Dr. Carla Johnson, associate dean for Research, Engagement and Global Partnerships and professor of science education, College of Education, Purdue University;
- Todd Kennedy, manager of Technology Services, Golden Hills School Division No. 75;
- Lance Lennon, district technology director, Eagle Grove Community School District;
- Dr. Erin Peters-Burton, director and associate professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods and Education Policy, George Mason University; and
- Mark Smith, executive director, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), and chair, FETC STEM Excellence Awards Committee.
This distinguished panel of judges evaluated all applications based on each school’s use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design and problem solving, as well as the STEM experiences offered to their students.
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