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Innovation Awards Program

The NCSSS Innovation Awards Program recognizes the nation’s most innovative teachers, programming and partnerships. We have three awards members can be nominated for:

  • Innovative STEM Student Program Award

  • Innovative STEM Teacher Award

  • Innovative Partnership Award

Watch the Video of the 2020 Winners


2021 Awards Program

 

NCSSS Innovative STEM Student Program Award

Recognizing inventiveness in STEM student programming at member schools

2020 Winner: IMSA STEM League (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy)

2019 Winner: Rockdale Magnet School of Science and Technology for their Peer Mentors entry.

The NCSSS Innovative STEM Student Program of the Year award celebrates unique student programs engaging students in STEM that are planned and executed by Institutional Member schools. The nominated program should advance the mission of the member school. Each Institutional Member may nominate only one STEM Student Program that occurred in the 2020-21 school year. The selected student program of the year will also demonstrate:

  • How the program supported and advanced the goals of the member school
  • How the program engaged students in STEM
  • Feedback or lessons learned from the program that could support implementation at other Institutional Member schools

Nominate a Student Program


NCSSS Innovative STEM Teacher Award

Recognizing teacher inventiveness in the classroom

2020 Winner: Dr. Whitney Holden (Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts)

This was a new award for 2020!

The NCSSS Innovative Teacher of the Year award celebrates a teacher who works at Institutional Member schools. The nominated teacher should advance the mission of the member school and STEM education. Each Institutional Member may nominate only one teacher that taught in the 2020-21 school year. The selected Innovative Teacher of the year will also demonstrate:

  • How the teacher implements STEM infused teaching strategies and innovation in their classroom
  • How the teacher incorporates STEM into their school’s culture or connects STEM to real-world careers and industry
  • Feedback or lessons learned from the teacher that could support implementation at other Institutional Member schools

Nominate a Teacher


NCSSS Innovative Partnership Award

Recognizing inventiveness in partnerships between member schools, local businesses, corporations, and/or post-secondary institutions

2020 Winner: Gatton Academy - Cloudbridge International STEM Field Research Partnership (Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky)

2019 Winner: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts for their Research in the Park entry.

The NCSSS Innovative Partnership of the Year award celebrates partnership initiatives planned and executed by Institutional Member schools. The nominated program should have been active during the 2020-21 school year. The selected Innovative Partnership of the year will also demonstrate:

  • How the partnership supported and advanced the goals of both organizations
  • How the partnership strengthened STEM in their community
  • Feedback or lessons learned from the partnership that could support implementation at other Institutional Member schools

Nominate a Partnership

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