“STEM is the best thing a girl could ever ask for!” Those were the words of our STEM Student of the Year K-6 winner Stephanie Harwell from Brentwood Magnet Elementary at the STEMmy awards last night. For some of us in the audience, these words truly spoke to the impact the love of STEM is having in our present day community.
In a place where the love of STEM is evident, this place also has pioneers who make sure this love of STEM never dies out. On May 24th, STEM in the Park hosted the second annual STEMmys to celebrate the winners of their ten STEM categories. At the Research Triangle Park Headquarters, 120 people consisting of sponsors , award winners and families attended the event to celebrate the winners and their achievements. STEM in the Park awarded individuals, companies and organizations for the great work they did in STEM this year. The winners are selected by either nominating themselves or being nominated by others for the ten categories. Our Categories and Winners for this Year 2017 are:
STEM Mentor of the Year- Kara Cook, Millbrook High FIRST Robotics
STEM Student of the Year K-6- Stephanie Harwell, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School
STEM Student of the Year 7-12- Ashlyn VanDine, Rogers Herr Middle School
STEM Educator of the Year- Dr. Llyod Williams, Shaw University
STEM School of the Year- Envision Science Academy
STEM Industry Partner of the Year- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( NIEHS)
STEM Higher Education Dept of the Year- Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at NC State
STEM Higher Education Outreach Volunteer of the Year- Kaleb Morrow, Goodnight Scholars Program
STEM Advisor/Coach of the Year- Alex Laube, Marbles Kids Museum
STEM Youth-Serving Organization of the Year- Women and Math (WAM) Mentoring Program
This year our sponsors were: The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), NC STEM Center, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Fidelity Investments, LORD, Redhat, RTI, Syngenta, and Whiting -Turner. We would like to say a big thank you to all these companies for their continual support of our STEM initiatives and programs.
Our program friend Kevin Seifert Photography captured the event with his superb photography. The photos can be found here on dropbox. These pictures can be share on our social media Twitter/Facebook with the hashtag #RTPSTEMmyawards. The event was also captured in video by Fanbase. Watch the video here! More information on how to nominate for next years STEMmys will be shared on our Twitter/Facebook pages soon.
View more STEMmy pictures here! -> Dropbox