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Hall of Fame Awards Gala

The 2020 Hall of Fame Awards Gala has been cancelled. 

You can view all of this year’s honorees and their virtual acceptance speeches at the link below.

View the Virtual Celebration of this Year’s Honorees Here

The annual Hall of Fame Awards Gala is the Da Vinci Science Center’s flagship fundraising event. Proceeds support the Center’s exhibits and programs that bring science to life every day for children of all backgrounds and socioeconomic status and inspire them to explore careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The black-tie-optional gala features a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, live auction, special pledge appeal, and the annual presentation of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Hall of Fame Awards.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Awards Gala is presented by Highmark Blue Shield and Vince and Michelle Sorgi.

Hall of Fame Awards

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 Center’s mission.

Student Excellence Awards

Allison Bratley, Senior at Fleetwood Area High School
Elizabeth Caso, Senior at Hunterdon County Academy
Elena Hume, Senior at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School
Miranda Song, Senior at Central Bucks High School South

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.

Erel STEM Scholarship Award

Carrie Spangler, Senior at William Allen High School

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.

Learn More About Student Scholarship Awards

Educator Awards

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.

Teacher Excellence Award: Kristin Stuby
Liberty High School, Bethlehem Area SD, 9th-12th grades

STEM Leadership Award: Daniel Christman
Springhouse Middle School, Parkland SD, 8th grade

New Educator Excellence Award: Sean Boyle
Jewish Day School, Allentown SD, PreK-8th grades

Learn More About Educator Excellence Awards

Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award

Air Products Retirees Association (AirPRO)

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.

The Grand Maestro Corporate Award

Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society

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.

The STEAM Award

Rube Goldberg Design Competition®

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.

The Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award

Susan Schierwagen, Vice President,
Product Development, Fire Protection, Victaulic

This award recognizes female STEM professionals and organizations for leadership in advancing STEM opportunities for women and girls and their role fostering mentorship opportunities for girls aspiring to STEM professions.

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