FETC Announces Nine STEM Excellence Awards Finalists for 2018

Finalists at elementary, middle, and high school levels will present their innovative approaches to STEM education to conference attendees.

January 17, 2018

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) has announced the nine schools named finalists for the 2018 STEM Excellence Awards. FETC, the largest, national, independent education technology event, will introduce the finalists and unveil the winner at its 38th annual conference, to take place January 23-26, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The three finalists at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—will present their successful approaches to STEM education to FETC attendees and the winner will be formally announced on Friday, January 26, at the FETC STEM Excellence Awards Ceremony on the Keynote Stage.

FETC 2018 LOGO“In the 21st century global economy, innovative STEM education is one of the most important factors in preparing students for successful futures. Each of the nine STEM Excellence Awards finalists represents the very best in STEM instruction and serves as a shining example of what schools can accomplish with the right vision and leadership,” said Jennifer Womble, program chair of FETC. “We are impressed with the wonderful work each school has done to support their students and look forward to the start of FETC, where they’ll have the opportunity to share their successes with members of the global education community.”

Throughout the conference, each finalist will present in the STEM Theater, located at Booth 2305 in the FETC Expo Hall. During these sessions, representatives from these schools will showcase their strategies for teaching STEM―which may include presentations about specific model programs or overall tips from their experiences―so that attendees from around the world can learn innovative ways to build their own successful STEM programs. The nine schools recognized as 2018 STEM Excellence Awards finalists are:

Elementary School Division

  • Buck Lake Elementary, Leon County Schools, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School, Sumner County School District, Gallatin, Tenn.
  • Liberty Elementary School, Loudon County Public Schools, South Riding, Va.

Middle School Division

  • Christ the King Catholic School, Diocese of St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Harpeth Hall School, private college preparatory school, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Washington Middle School, El Dorado Public Schools, El Dorado, Ark.

High School Division

  • Lanier High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Sugar Hill, Ga.
  • Commonwealth Academy, independent preparatory school, Alexandria, Va.
  • All Saints Academy, independent preparatory school, Lakeland, Fla.

Each presentation given by the finalist schools will last for 30 minutes. The presentations will offer an opportunity for conference attendees who want to improve their own STEM practices to learn about lesson ideas, program successes, and implementation strategies.

The STEM Excellence Awards are judged by a panel of seven high-ranking education professionals from across the U.S. The committee is comprised of the following:

  • Timothy Childers, assistant principal for Technology Integration, L&N STEM Academy
  • 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 panel evaluated more than 100 applications and, based on each school’s use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem solving, and the STEM experiences offered to their students, selected the finalists based on their innovation and educational impact.

Registration is open for the 2018 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227. Learn more about the FETC Expo, including the Startup Pavilion, Pitchfest, and exhibiting companies at www.fetc.org/expo.

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