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Educator Excellence Award Application

Application Deadline: DEADLINE

Science Educators: Share your best and enhance your classroom! The Da Vinci Science Center seeks to reward examples of great science education in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. In addition to joining a long list of notable prior winners, educator award winners receive an award worth $1,000.00 through his or her school to support further innovation.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Applicants must be educators, or teams of educators, in grades K-12 in one of the following counties in Pennsylvania: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike, and Schuylkill; or one the following counties in New Jersey: Warren, Hunterdon, and Sussex
  • Applicants must be actively implementing an innovative approach to Science, Engineering, Technology, or integrated STEM or STEAM lesson, unit, or project
  • Applicants must be addressing a big idea in science or technology in a way that actively engages students
  • Applicants must be incorporating research-based practices (e.g. formative assessment, inquiry investigations, etc.) into the innovative lesson in ways that promote student learning
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2016 Da Vinci Science Center Gala on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel in Allentown, Pa.

2017 Educator Application Form

  • Applicant Information
  • Upload a reference letter from someone familiar with your innovative work and its effectiveness.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc.
  • Please provide the contact information for your reference below.
  • Applicant Essay Questions Please share with us one activity, project, unit, or investigation that is your best work in the science, engineering, technology, or STEM/STEAM classroom by answering the following questions. Please observe word limits, or your entry may be disqualified.
  • Please tell us about your activity. Please include how this activity engages students in scientific or engineering practices and how it engages them with cross-cutting concepts such as scale, models, or systems (See the Framework for K-12 Science Education at http://bit.ly/1Qs6RNA for more on these practices and concepts), especially in real-world contexts. (350 words)
  • What was your inspiration? What passion or interest of your own, or on the part of your students, led you to develop this activity and this approach to teaching? (200 words)
  • What evidence do you have that shows you that your approach is remarkably effective? We are particularly interested in innovations that are effective for students who are not traditionally successful in STEM subjects – such as females, students of color, students with disabilities, and students from lower socio-economic status. (200 words)


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