Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Lab Challenge

This web seminar took place on September 20, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Eric Crossley, Director of Science Education Competitions at NSTA, and Ruth Ruud, a former teacher and principal, and current president of APAST( Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching). In this program, Mr. Crossley and Ms. Ruud provided strategies and advice for applying for the Shell Science Lab Challenge, which recognizes middle and high school science teachers who illustrate replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

During the presentation, Mr. Crossley introduced participants to the Challenge and shared information about the categories of winners and prizes. Ms. Ruud, who serves on the Shell Science Lab Challenge judging panel, gave details about the application process and judging criteria. The presenters described how to assemble an application that stands out, including tips for creating an engaging video submission.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I appreciate the advice about making sure my application, resume, and video are memorable for the judges.”
  • “These are great for teachers and curriculum specialists to hear the latest from NSTA as well as get a pulse on what science teachers around our country are dealing with.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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