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Da Vinci Announces Hall of Fame Award-Winners

The Da Vinci Science Center will be honoring 11 local educators, high school students, companies, and community leaders Saturday, April 28 at its annual Hall of Fame Gala at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Since 1999, the Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually to members of the community whose work embodies our mission of “bringing science to life and lives to science” in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

The gala, which runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m., features a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, live auction, special pledge appeal, and the awards ceremony. Seats are still available for this year’s event.

For more information contact:  Judy Belaires, (484) 664-1002, Ext. 102.

2018 Hall of Fame Award Winners

Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award, sponsored by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

This 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.

Vincent Sorgi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, PPL

Grand Maestro Corporate Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics

This award honors a Da Vinci Science Center partner in recognition of its substantial contributions to the scientific community and the Center.


Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield

This award recognizes a STEM professional or organization that is a leader in their field and has served as a role model and mentor supporting other women and encouraging girls’ interest in STEM.

Cedar Crest College

Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Bob and Sandy Lovett

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has shown an extraordinary commitment to science, education, youth, and the Da Vinci Science Center’s mission throughout his or her life.

Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D.

Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by B. Braun Medical

This award recognizes teachers who are providing the best possible STEM education to their students, day after day, year after year. Their work should focus on depth of student engagement and inquiry, cross-curricular integration, and real world applications and connections.

Mary Antoni, STEM Coordinator, Lansdale Catholic High School

Educator Excellence STEM Leadership Award, sponsored by Follett, LLC.

This award honors teachers who demonstrate leadership in their school or district to improve STEM education. This award is not based necessarily on a teacher’s own teaching, per se, but rather her or his ability to engage others to make substantive improvements or advances in STEM education.

Ignacio Jayo science teacher, William Tennent High School

New Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt

This award is meant to identify newer educators who show promising growth in their work. Recipients  engagement in a community (or communities) of practice, progress in creating a deeply engaging, inquiry-focused classroom that supports student discourse in STEM, cross-curricular integration, and real world applications, and the teacher’s use of feedback and data to support her or his own learning and advancement.

Cassi Williams science teacher, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley

Student Excellence Awards, sponsored by Air Products, ATAS International, Inc., Cedar Crest College, and PPL

These awards honor four high school student who not only excel in science academically, but seek to expand their knowledge and leadership skills outside of the classroom.

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