The Da Vinci Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually since 1999 to students who show a unique passion for science, educators who inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches, professionals and companies who bring science to life every day, and partners who support the Science Center’s mission.
Below are the winners of the 2020 Hall of Fame Awards.
The Science Center recognizes four exceptional high school students, who have demonstrated a passion for the sciences both in-and-out of the classroom. Each student receives a $2,000 scholarship.
Allison Brattley, Senior at Fleetwood Area High School
Allison will begin studying physics at MIT in the fall, and plans to obtain her M.D. and Ph.D in the future.
Elizabeth Caso, Senior at Hunterdon County Academy
Elizabeth is incredibly passionate about patient care, medical research, music, and science and is driven to create a better world—all of this has led her towards her goal of becoming a physician-researcher.
Elena Hume, Senior at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School
Elena wants to pursue a career in engineering, and is very passionate about helping to create a brighter future for everyone.
Miranda Song, Senior at Central Bucks High School South
Miranda hopes to study computer science and business administration in college, and wants to become a leader in the groundbreaking computer science industries of the future.
This is a needs-based scholarship that recognizes an outstanding female high school senior who has demonstrated strong academic ability and a commitment to learning, achievement and serving others in the community. This scholarship provides both a mentorship opportunity as well as financial support of $2,000 to be used toward the cost of tuition.
The Erel STEM Scholarship is funded by Fusun Bubernack, philanthropist and entrepreneur, in honor of her parents, Hasan Fehmi & Sabahat Erel, and their commitment to the importance of quality education and the pursuit of excellence.
Carrie Spangler, Senior at William Allen High School
Carrie will be attending Penn State as an Agricultural Sciences major, and she hopes to work for the USDA conducting research or advising farmers in navigating the industry.
Educators can be nominated for three honors: the Teacher Excellence Award, the STEM Leadership Award, and the New Educator Excellence Award. These awards honor educators in grades K-12 who inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches.
Kristin Stuby, Liberty High School, Bethlehem Area SD, 9th-12th grades
Kristin is a second career teacher who is certified in math, and she teaches Calculus, Introduction to Engineering, and a Capstone course.
Daniel Christman, Springhouse Middle School, Parkland SD, 8th grade
Daniel engages students in hands-on learning experiences where they are required to collaborate, think critically, communicate, and create.
Sean Boyle, Jewish Day School, PreK-8th grades
As the STEM Librarian and Education Technology Specialist at the Jewish Day School, Sean engages his students directly in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Grand Maestro Corporate Award honors a Da Vinci Science Center partner in recognition of its substantial contributions to the scientific community and the Center.
Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society
The National and Local American Chemical Society have been outstanding in assisting the Da Vinci Science Center in its efforts to reach out to the students and teachers of the Lehigh Valley in numerous ways over the past 12 years.
The Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award recognizes community leaders for their passionate mentorship of the Da Vinci Science Center and its mission. The award is named after a 15th century mentor to a young Leonardo da Vinci.
Air Products Retirees Association (AirPRO)
AirPRO members have been helping the Science Center since 1999 serving as volunteers, mentors, and helping to build exhibits.
The Da Vinci Leadership Award recognizes an individual’s leadership, dedication, and incredible contributions to the Da Vinci Science Center.
James R. McDaniel, Esq.
Sole Proprietor, Law Office of James R. McDaniel
Jim has been donating his time to helping Inventor’s Lab and Young Inventors students with their U.S. Patent applications for many years.
The STEAM Award is a special award which is only given to individuals, companies, or organizations that have played a significant role in integrating the mission of Leonardo da Vinci’s principles of art and science with the Da Vinci Science Center.
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®
Since 1988, tens of thousands of students have competed in the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® where they are challenged to build the wackiest, working Rube Goldberg Machine® that completes a common task. This year’s task was “how to turn off a light”.
The Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award recognizes a female STEM professional or an organization that is a recognized leader in STEM and serves as a role model for mentoring aspiring and practicing female STEM professionals.
Vice President, Product Development, Fire Protection, Victaulic
Susan Schierwagen has been a member of the Da Vinci Science Center Board and Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Council since 2017.