NSTA Awards and Recognition Collection

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The NSTA Awards and Recognition were created in 1967 to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

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Angela Award

This award honors one female student in grades 5–8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science.

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Distinguished Informal Science Education Awards

These awards honor NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education in an informal or nontraditional school setting, such as a science-technology center, museum, or community science center.

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Distinguished Service to Science Education Awards

These awards honor NSTA members who, through active leadership and scholarly endeavor over a significant period of time, have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and science teaching.

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Distinguished Teaching Awards

This award honors NSTA members who are teachers that have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science teaching.

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DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award

A partnership with DuPont Pioneer and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education. Two awards, one middle level and one high school level, will be awarded annually.

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Faraday Science Communicator Award

This award, named in honor of Michael Faraday (1791–1867), the English chemist and physicist who is known for his pioneering experiments in electricity and magnetism. Through lectures and letters, Faraday led people of all ages to a greater understanding of the natural scientific laws that govern us all. The Faraday Science Communicator Award will recognize and reward an individual or organization that has inspired and elevated the public's interest in and appreciation of science.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award

A partnership with Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize excellence in the field of engineering education. NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom and the critical need for making students proficient in the practices used by engineers in the field. See the NSTA Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), S

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NSTA Awards: Archived Webseminar Shell Science Teaching Award

This web seminar took place on September 26, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Greer Harvell, a teacher at Meigs Middle school in Shalimar, Florida. During this program, Ms. Harvell discussed the application process for the Shell Science Teaching Award and shared tips for developing a standout submission.

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NSTA Awards: Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching

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NSTA Awards: Get tips and recommendations from past Award winners User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: LC Collection Shell Science

Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Lab Challenge Collection

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NSTA Awards: PASCO High School Narrative Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: PASCO Middle Narrative Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Photos Yager Award User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Sample Teaching Philosophy, Shell Teaching Award User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Shugrue Narrative Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Vernier College Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Vernier Elementary Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Vernier High School Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Vernier Middle Sample User File Web Page
NSTA Awards: Webseminar 2, Shell Science Lab Challenge User File Web Page
NSTA Fellow Award

This award recognizes NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to science education through personal commitment to education, specifically science teaching or science; educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field; significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication to NSTA as well the entire educational community.

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NSTA Legacy Award

This NSTA award posthumously recognizes long-standing members of NSTA for significant lifelong service to NSTA and contributions to science education.

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PASCO STEM Educator Awards

The PASCO STEM Educator awards, sponsored by PASCO scientific, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at middle school and high school levels.

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Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award

The Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award will recognize six (6) full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom.

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Robert H. Carleton Award

This is the most prestigious award an NSTA member can receive. The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. It is NSTA's highest honor.

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Ron Mardigian Memorial Biotechnology Explorer Award

The Ron Mardigian Memorial Biotechnology Explorer Award will recognize and reward an outstanding high school teacher who has made biotechnology learning accessible to the classroom. This award has been established in memory of Ron Mardigian, the inspiration behind and founder of the Biotechnology Explorer program.

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SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year

The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Environmental Excellence Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of students, teachers, and community leaders across the country who are working at the grass roots level to protect and preserve the environment.

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Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition

The annual Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition, created in 2010, recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raises awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

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Shell Science Teaching Award

This award recognizes one outstanding classroom science teacher (K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching.

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Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award

This award provides support to seven diverse educators in pursuit of professional development, and serves to increase the science educator talent pool of minority educators to meet the education work force challenge of the future.

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Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers

This award honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in the Atlas of Science Literacy.

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Vernier Technology Awards

The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. A total of seven awards are presented: one award at the elementary level (grades K–5); two awards at the middle level (grades 6–8); three awards at the high school level (grades 9–12); one award at the college level.

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Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award

This award recognizes excellence in the field of aerospace education. The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet and the Aerospace Educators Luncheon at the NSTA Conference.

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Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator: Formal narrative Sample User File Web Page
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