Following a year of unprecedented challenges, OC STEM wants to identify and honor STEM educators and community partners who are exemplars of best practices in the delivery of inquiry-based STEM learning opportunities. These practitioners stand out for their ability to engage, motivate and inspire learners and will be recognized for their unique contributions to STEM Education and the Orange County community. Each awardee will receive a gift of $500 and be honored at a virtual ceremony in May. Additionally, a $1,500 grant will be awarded to their respective organizations to support STEM activities.
Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:
Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Educators and practitioners working in preschools, family child-care programs and child-care centers with a focus on early childhood STEM enrichment activities and/or programs
Outstanding Expanded Learning STEM Educator Educators and practitioners working in after-school programs, camps, community centers, museums, parks with a focus on STEM enrichment activities and/or programs
Outstanding K-12 STEM Educator
Educators must be a credentialed PreK-12 teacher working in a public elementary, middle, or high school with a focus on STEM
Outstanding Post-Secondary STEM Educator
Faculty and instructors teaching in a STEM discipline at a 2 or 4 year college/university.
Outstanding Career Awareness STEM Educator
Educators and practitioners in Career Technical, Vocational, Workforce Development, Apprenticeship, Internship or Pathway Programs
Outstanding Leadership in STEM Education
Principals, Administrators, Center Directors, Programs Directors, TOSAs with a focus on leading STEM programs and initiatives
Outstanding Community Advocate in STEM Education
Educators and practitioners working in community-based organizations, programs and/or initiatives that focus on increasing access to STEM education and broadening participation of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.
Innovation in Virtual STEM Instruction/Programming
Educators and practitioners demonstrating innovative use of digital platforms and technologies to deliver virtual STEM instruction
Please complete and submit this form by Friday, May 7th. Each nominator will be asked to submit a letter of support from someone in the community that can speak to the nominee’s qualifications. If you have questions about the nomination process, contact Leyla Riley at: firstname.lastname@example.org