The FETC STEM Excellence Awards were created to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with three finalists and winners selected from each level. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

STEM Excellence Award applications will be evaluated based on the use of Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Collaboration, Design, Problem Solving and the STEM Experiences offered by each school. All applications for consideration must be completed by OCTOBER 20, 2017. The FETC STEM Advisory Board will evaluate all applications and notify the main contacts.

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* 1. Please provide contact information for your STEM Excellence Award Submission.

* 2. Describe your school/district (size, demographics, private/public/charter) in 50 words or less.

* 3. Please explain your school’s STEM philosophy in 100 words or less.

* 4. Describe examples of interdisciplinary curriculum that demonstrate effective integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math throughout your school. (100 words or less)

* 5. Provide examples of the impact of non-STEM Subjects on STEM content development in your school. (100 words or less)

* 6. Provide examples of STEM strategies that support learning for all students in your school. (100 words or less)

* 7. Share examples of student collaboration efforts in student projects, community initiatives and grading strategies.(100 words or less)

* 8. Describe examples of STEM collaborations among staff. (100 words or less)

* 9. Identify instructional strategies, assessment efforts or planning initiatives that support the development of 21st century collaborative skills for students and teachers.(100 words or less)

* 10. Provide examples of collaborative tools used by students/teachers/stakeholders (100 words or less)

* 11. Provide examples that demonstrate your school’s approach to design and the quality of STEM Solutions. (100 words or less)

* 12. Identify assessment strategies that reinforce the idea that failure is an option. Examples include prototype activities, modeling, competitions, etc. that demonstrate your program’s support or implementation of design thinking. (100 words or less)

* 13. Give examples of course offerings, extracurricular activities, etc. that reinforce student’s creative thinking and understanding of design principles. Factors may include safety, ergonomics, empathy towards human needs, budgets, resource utilization, etc. (100 words or less)

* 14. Provide examples of authentic problem solving opportunities available to students. Be sure to provide demographic info of the opportunity. (100 words or less)

* 15. Provide examples of STEM scenarios that demonstrate cognitive understanding of the impacts and consequences of STEM solutions.(100 words or less)

* 16. Provide examples of applied STEM solutions. (100 words or less)

* 17. Provide examples of external opportunities for students to be immersed in a STEM field.(100 words or less)

* 18. Tell about examples of exposure to STEM careers. Examples include field trips, seminars, presenters in classes, career days/fairs, etc. (100 words or less)

* 19. Describe examples of student participation in STEM awareness activities. Examples may include competitions, US Science & Engineer’s fair, NASA STEM initiative, etc. (100 words or less)

* 20. Please give us a link to one video produced by your school, district, faculty or students that answers the question, "Why should your school win the STEM Excellence Award?" The video should be between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long. The review committee is looking for evidence in the video showing proof the school's STEM philosophy/evidence in action.

Thank you for your submission. The FETC STEM Excellence Awards Advisory Board will review all applications and notify the finalists in each category. Please visit the FETC web page for updates on these awards.

Finalists in all 3 categories (elementary, middle and high) will be recognized on stage at the FETC 2018 keynote session and winners will be announced on Friday, January 26, 2018. Each of the nine finalist schools will present their exemplar program in the STEM Theater during the FETC Conference.