Roseville, Calif. — March 3, 2017 — To recognize excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), PASCO® Scientific announces the winners of the 2017 PASCO NSTA STEM Educator Awards. The annual awards program for middle and high school educators is sponsored by PASCO Scientific, a global leader in 21st century science education, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
PASCO and NSTA have honored 24 educators since the award’s inception in 2012. This year’s PASCO STEM Educator Award winners are Brian Soash, a science teacher and STEM program coordinator at Lee County Middle School West in Leesburg, Ga.; Shannon Sahabi, a science teacher at Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas; and Steve Sogo, a chemistry teacher at Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. The winners were selected by the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee, a distinguished panel of professional science educators. The descriptions of the winning entries can be found at pasco.com/resources/stem-educator-awards/2017-winners/index.cfm
Recipients will receive up to $1,000 for expenses to attend NSTA’s National Conference and participate in a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a $5,000 certificate for PASCO products. The conference will be held March 30–April 2 in Los Angeles where winners will be formally recognized.
As part of the application process, educators submitted a narrative describing how they address a real-world application or problem integrating the elements of STEM, incorporate sensor-based data collection and visualization technologies, teach students of varying ability levels, and support national science education standards. They also included examples of student work, along with letters of support from education colleagues.
“Teachers know that when they combine an inquiry-based approach to learning with real-world technologies, students’ interest and performance in STEM soars,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO. “We’re honored to recognize these innovative educators for their implementation of inquiry-based, technology-infused programs that engage students and take learning to a higher level.”