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FETC Announces Nine Finalist Schools for the 2019 STEM Excellence Awards Sponsored by State Farm

Three schools apiece at the elementary, middle and high school levels will present their innovative STEM approaches to conference attendees

FETC logoDecember 11, 2018

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology Conference® (FETC®) is pleased to announce the nine schools named finalists for the 2019 STEM Excellence Awards sponsored by State Farm. FETC has invited the three finalists at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—to its 39th annual conference, to take place January 27-30, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, where educators from each school will present their successful approaches to STEM education to conference attendees. The winners from the elementary, middle, and high school levels will be announced on the keynote stage on the morning of Wednesday, January 30, before the STEM keynote, “Pursuing the Extraordinary,” presented by Dr. Mae Jemison.

“STEM education is, and will continue to be, an essential component in 21st century schools, preparing students for the careers of today and tomorrow, including those not yet imagined. Delivering excellent STEM programs is all about innovation, and each of the STEM Excellence Awards finalists demonstrates the kind of leadership and exemplary programs toward which all schools should strive,” said Jennifer Womble, program chair of FETC. “We’re excited to welcome all nine finalists to FETC in January to share their innovative, effective strategies with teachers and administrators from across the globe.”

Throughout the conference, each finalist will give a presentation in the STEM Theater, located at Booth 2149 in the FETC Expo Hall. During these 30-minute sessions, which will take place from Monday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon, representatives from these schools will showcase their lesson ideas, program successes, and implementation strategies, providing attendees from around the world with innovative ways to build their own successful STEM programs. The nine schools recognized as 2019 STEM Excellence Awards finalists are:

Elementary School

  • Herbert Mills STEM Elementary, Reynoldsburg City Schools, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Prescott South Elementary School, Putnam County Schools, Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, Texas

Middle School

  • Mater Academy Charter Middle School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
  • McHenry Middle School, McHenry School District 15, McHenry, Ill.
  • The STEM Academy at Bartlett, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Savannah, Ga.

High School

  • Apple Valley High School, Independent School District 196, Apple Valley, Minn.
  • Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Fla.
  • Shorecrest Preparatory School, Independent/Private, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Each finalist school receives up to five free registrations for its administrators and teachers, along with a $500 travel stipend to bring its team to FETC. Each finalist and winning school will receive an engraved glass plaque and national recognition for its successes.

To reach the finalist stage, applicants were evaluated based on the use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem-solving and the STEM experiences offered to students. The awards are judged by a panel of seven high-ranking education professionals from across the U.S.:

  • Timothy Childers, health science assistant principal, Fulton High School
  • Karie Huttner, education technology coordinator and math resource teacher, Verona Area School District
  • Dr. Carla Johnson, associate dean for Research, Engagement and Global Partnerships and professor of science education, College of Education, Purdue University
  • Todd Kennedy, manager of Technology Services, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
  • Lance Lennon, district technology director, Eagle Grove Community School District
  • Dr. Erin Peters-Burton, director and associate professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods and Education Policy, George Mason University
  • Mark Smith, executive director, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), and chair, FETC STEM Excellence Awards Committee

The winning schools will be announced before the closing keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Mae Jemison. Jemison, an audacious and pioneering polymath, leads 100 Year Starship®, an independent, non-profit global initiative to ensure the capabilities for human travel to another star within the next 100 years. She served six years as a NASA astronaut, becoming the first woman of color to go into space, and founded two technology companies and the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, which designs and implements STEM education experiences impacting thousands of students and teachers worldwide.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227. Educators who register before December 21, 2018 will save up to $100 by securing the Early Bird rate.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. With basic to advanced sessions tailored to the needs of each role in the digital transformation, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier preK-12 education technology events. FETC provides school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum. FETC offers a balanced blend of administrative, instructional and technical content through targeted sessions, intensive workshops, hands-on demonstrations of the newest products, and more. Visit fetc.org for more details.

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