Science Center accepting nominations for STEM Innovation Awards

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Know an educator or organization that tirelessly promotes STEM education in South Florida? If so, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium wants to know.

In partnership with the Stiles Nicholson Foundation, the science center is now accepting applications for the STEM Innovation Awards. The awards recognize leadership, service and collaboration in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The deadline to submit nominations is Aug. 9.

“We are looking for individuals, corporations, educators, scientists and non-profit organizations who have been instinctive partners in advancing STEM education throughout our region,” said Kate Arrizza, CEO of the Science Center. 

The awards will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Science Center. The event will include a cocktail reception, dinner. There will also be music, unique science demonstrations and an awards presentation.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Science Center to recognize champions of STEM education in our community,” said David Nicholson, chairman and founder of the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation. “There is a critical need to stimulate STEM disciplines in the United States as we are ranked 25th in science and 35th in math out of 72 countries in the developed world.”

Award categories include Corporate Visionary, Rising Star, STEM Champion, Educator/Collaborator and STEAM/Arts Partner. For a description of each category, and to submit a nomination, go online to SFScienceCenter.org/STEM-Awards

Tickets to the awards event are $75 per person. Attire is business casual. Sponsors include Florida Power & Light Company, Hedrick Brothers Construction, The Palm Beach Post, WLRN and NOSH Catering & Events.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach.

For more information, call (561) 832-1988 or go online to sfsciencecenter.org.

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