Teachers honored for STEM innovations

The award is a mouthful: the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science Technology, Engineering and Math Award, or GIANTS award for short.

And last week, five Idaho teachers were honored for their efforts to make STEM disciplines more exciting, and more relevant, to their students.

Here’s a look at the winners:

High School: Sandy Powell, Emmett High School. The chemistry, physics and physical science teacher was honored for involving her students in elementary school science instruction and sciences fairs — giving her students a flavor of teaching science.

Middle School: David Moon, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, Rathdrum. Moon was honored for making trigonometry more relevant to students through experiments in rocketry.

Elementary school: Luella Stelck, Moscow School District. The gifted and talented programs teacher was recognized for incorporating a variety of activities into her classes, including neuroscience, aeronautics, activity-based chemistry and robotics.

Two teachers received honorable mentions: Carole Cox of Parma High School and Amber McVey of Pepper Ridge Elementary School in Meridian.

The three top winners each received $2,000 and honorable mention winners received $500 apiece. The school or student council that nominates a top winner receives $500; a school or council nominating an honorable mention winner receives $100.

The GIANTS program is sponsored by the Science and Technology Roundtable, an industry including the Micron Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory, URS, Hewlett-Packard, LCF Enterprises, and Idaho Power Co.

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