ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company (Shell) today unveiled a new competition for K-12 teachers that will bring much needed laboratory resources to school districts in select Shell communities located throughout the U.S. Through the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, teachers will compete for up to $435,000 in prizes, including school science lab makeover support packages valued at $10,000 (for the elementary and middle levels) and $15,000 (for the high school level).
“What these teachers accomplish with limited resources is absolutely extraordinary,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, VP Shell Oil Company Foundation and Manager Workforce Community Strategic Initiatives. “We believe that learning and innovation go hand in hand. By providing further resources, this challenge helps to support innovation as well as foster student excitement about science at an early age.”
“We know that quality science lab experiences are critical, yet far too many schools have little or no lab equipment, materials or training for teachers,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge will provide teachers and their schools with the equipment they need to properly facilitate their students’ learning, while also providing teachers with the professional development needed to support high-quality science teaching in the classroom.”
K-12 science teachers, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences and are located in select school districts near Shell assets, will be encouraged to submit their strategies. Judges will evaluate entries based on various criteria, including demonstrated science inquiry and innovation in the classroom with limited equipment; demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the community; and demonstrated need for additional professional development and science materials. 36 regional winners will be selected: 12 at the elementary level, 12 at the middle level, and 12 at the high school level. Of the 36 winners, three grand prize winners—one at each level—will be selected.
The elementary and middle level regional winners will each receive a school science lab makeover support package valued at $10,000 and high school level regional winners will receive a school science lab makeover support package valued at $15,000. Each grand prize winner will receive an additional $5,000 of support to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-14, 2019. The grand prize winners and their principals will be honored at the Shell reception and Teachers Awards Gala, taking place during the conference.
For more information about the Shell Science Lab Challenge or to apply, visit http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/regional.aspx. Applications must be submitted no later than April 10, 2018.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
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