ESC Awards and Recognition

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The Elementary STEM Council (ESC) recognizes the contributions of outstanding elementary educators making an impact in technology, engineering, and STEM education.

ESC members are eligible for awards and recognition annually, including:


Annual Global Design Challenge for Elementary STEM Students

(DEADLINE: December 15, 2024)

In 2008, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. The Grand Challenges were designed to cause students and educators to think about solutions to the big challenges affecting all of our lives. It’s now time for elementary-aged students to get in on the action and show the world that they can solve big STEM design problems as well. ESC sponsors the Global Design Challenge for Elementary STEM (GDC) annually to provide students with a chance to solve a real problem, and show the world that everyone can help find solutions to these global challenges.

All awards below have a deadline of November 1.

ESC Rising Star Award

This prestigious award celebrates innovation, perseverance, and the distinct challenges faced by emerging STEM educators. It honors individuals who embody the passion required to deliver top-tier integrated STEM education to students.

ESC Excellence in Elementary STEM Education Award

This prestigious award celebrates exceptional elementary integrated STEM educators who uphold the highest standards of inclusivity and integration in their classrooms. Recipients are recognized for their dedication to engaging all learners through diverse modalities in integrated STEM activities.

ESC Mary Margaret Scobey Award

This prestigious accolade celebrates individuals who have shown unwavering dedication to elementary school technology education or integrated STEM education over time. The recipient of this award demonstrates a profound passion for these fields both philosophically and through their hands-on efforts, benefiting elementary children and educators alike, locally and on a global scale.