STEM RTP’s annual 5th Annual STEMmy Awards Celebration went virtual on July 8th! Partners, volunteers, and friends of the program were invited to learn about the 2019-2020 partnership cycle and STEM RTP’s accomplishments for this past year, and to celebrate our three amazing STEMmy award winners!
At the beginning of the ceremony, we highlighted the incredible work of some of our partners to address COVID-19. Examples include: Cree donating over 30,000 N95 masks to the Duke University Health System for NC emergency support. Army Research Office engaging in conducting and funding COVID- 19 related research in collaboration with universities and industry partners. Additionally, our partners at the EPA pivoted to remote STEM outreach and focused on virtual events including a virtual summer science institute and various virtual career panels with EPA staff.
We also discussed our incredible impact for the 2019-2020 event calendar!
We hosted Fall Educator Externtrips, Tech and Engineering Fest, Building Girls Who Code, and our first-ever Partner Happy Hour! We won the prestigious Cleantech Cluster Cleantech Talent Initiative Awards from SAS and we got to explore the possibilities of Virtual events.
Through all this, we reached: over 250 students, 19 educators, had over 430 hours of service, and engaged 23 companies in STEM Education outreach! To learn more about what we’ve done this year, look out for the upcoming End Of Year report here on the blog.
After celebrating our shared successes, we took a group photo and then handed out the awards! We would like to give another big congratulations to:
Red Hat for winning Outreach Organization of the Year. Red Hat showed intense excitement, displayed fabulous red hats, and a love for volunteerism towards students in the area. They wowed our student participants with 3D printing and worked with them to create solutions to issues in education using open source technology.
NCSU Biochemistry Department for winning Educator Externtrip Experience of the Year. One of the teachers who attended the NCSU Biochemistry Departments Externtrip had this to say about the experience: “Our amazing Professor was engaging and made Wake County teachers feel welcome in his lab and program. The topics that were discussed were relevant and the research being completed was intriguing…As a Career Development Coordinator, I also was informed of the program and requirements for successful graduation and transition from high school to college.”
The EPA for winning Community Serving Organization of the Year. In the 2019-2020 year, the EPA reached over 15,000 people including students, educators, and community members, and logged over 700 hours of STEM outreach. Additionally, in 2017 this organization was awarded a national award for Excellence in Volunteer Experience and Mobilization. How incredible!
After the awards, Dr. Sarah Windsor gave a call to action:
“I challenge all of us to continue to build this network of passionate individuals and organizations and to lift up those who need educational and career opportunities. From the boardroom to the sidewalk, we can all make a difference.”
To all our partners, thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to STEM education outreach over the past year! Thank you so much for joining us at our Fifth Annual (and first virtual) STEMmys and helping us make it such a success!