In accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's vision and strategy for building a world-class nanotechnology workforce in New York, the New York State School Boards Association and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced nominations will be accepted for the third annual "Be the Change for Kids" Innovation Awards, which recognize educational programs that help students gain important 21st century learning and career skills.
"As Gov. Cuomo continues to build upon New York's formidable high-tech economy, one of the priorities is to build educational programs that will prepare students for a growing nanotechnology-enabled society," said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. "SUNY CNSE is delighted to again partner with NYSSBA to recognize the outstanding efforts of school districts as they develop and deliver next-generation STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and training."
"We couldn't be more pleased to have schools from around the state participate in this innovative educational program," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "This forward-thinking partnership with the CNSE allows us to highlight programs around the state that are setting the stage for our children's future successes."
For the third consecutive year, NYSSBA and CNSE have teamed up to present the awards program, which is designed to foster new and exciting STEM programs across the state. Schools will also be rewarded for programs that develop students' creativity, critical thinking and civic responsibilities.
Three winning school districts will be honored and each will receive $5,000. Students and staff from the award-winning programs will participate in tours and activities at CNSE's world-class NanoTechnology megaplex in Albany and be honored at NYSSBA's annual convention in New York City in October. Award winners in 2013 were the Broadalbin-Perth, East Syracuse Minoa and Warwick Valley school districts.
In addition to describing their educational and/or career training programs, school districts applying for awards should demonstrate how their programs allow other schools to adopt similar curriculum models, provide a lasting impact on students in the district, and focus on career skills that are critical for New York's emerging workforce.
Invitations have gone out to all school districts and BOCES in the state. Award nominations will be accepted through June 2. A statewide panel of judges will review the nominations, with the winners to be announced in September.