The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) unveiled the four winners of the “STEM Excellence Awards.” These awards recognize outstanding teachers, school leaders, or education advocates who advance quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Ohio. Nominations for the 2020 awards opened in March.
Four awards are presented in the categories of STEM Teaching, Leadership, Advocacy, and Innovation.
Hamilton County ESC’s Chris Anderson received the Ohio STEM Advocate Award which recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.
Chris is the host and executive producer of Science Around Cincy and an instructional coach with Hamilton County Educational Service Center.
Science Around Cincy is a video series that features local scientists, engineers, and researchers. Through the STEM professionals depicted, students see scientists, engineers, and researchers as role models from their community. Additionally, Anderson published standards-aligned educational resources with each video to assist educators in bringing the videos into the classroom. The program is presented with support from Northern Kentucky University.
Additional winners included:
Dana Letts – STEM Instructional Specialist K-6 for Chillicothe City Schools – Excellence in STEM Leadership Award
Rebecca (Becci) Hartline – Library Media Specialist and Makerspace Director at Belpre Elementary School in Belpre, Ohio – Excellence in STEM Teaching Award
Carla Chapman – Director for Community Relations, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Akron Public Schools – STEM Innovator Award