STEM Excellence Awards
STEM Excellence Awards Committee Members
Timothy Childers Timothy Childers
Assistant Principal for Technology Integration, L&N STEM Academy
Wes Hall Karie Huttner
Educational Technology Coordinator and Math Resource Teacher, Verona Area School District
Dr. Carla Johnson Dr. Carla Johnson
Associate Dean for Research, Engagement and Global Partnerships, Professor of Science Education, College of Education, Purdue University
Tod Kennedy Todd Kennedy
Manager of Technology Services, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Lance Lennon Lance Lennon
District Technology Director, Eagle Grove Community School District
Dr. Erin Peters-Burton Dr. Erin Peters-Burton
Director and Associate Professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods and Education Policy, George Mason University
Mark Smith Mark Smith
Executive Director, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL);
Chair, FETC STEM Excellence Awards Committee

The FETC STEM Excellence Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the primary, middle and high school levels, with winners selected from each level.

STEM Excellence Awards applications are evaluated based on the use of Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Collaboration, Design, Problem Solving and the STEM Experiences offered.

All finalists will be invited to and recognized at FETC 2017, with the winners announced live during the Thursday morning keynote. Each school will present their exemplar program in the STEM Theater at FETC 2017.


In November, after evaluating all applications and making final selections, the FETC STEM Advisory Board will email each application’s main contact with their status. A list of finalists selected to participate in FETC 2017 STEM Theater and STEM Excellence Awards will be posted online.

STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics integrated into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Teachers are increasingly instructing this interdisciplinary approach as it relates to students’ future success in college, careers and life. This engagement of the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) also provides students with the ability to compete in a new global economy with a workforce population rich in STEM skills and opportunities.

What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment that incorporates both face-to-face instruction with online, interactive training from multimedia resources, engaging experts in the field in real-time classroom learning experiences. This allows students to access content 24/7 from their own web connection, while providing teachers more free time to focus on increasing classroom engagement through discussion, labs, or even project-based or problem-based assignments.