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California Science Teacher Named Regional Winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge



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California Science Teacher Named Regional Winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge

39 Science Teachers Recognized for Finding Innovative Ways to Deliver Quality Lab Experiences to Students


Martinez, CA—Shauna Hawes, a science teacher at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill, CA, has been named a regional winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge. Sponsored by Shell Oil Company and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the competition encouraged K-12 science teachers who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package. Hawes is one of 39 regional winners named, from which three grand prize winners will be selected.


Hawes uses many methods to support the student learning styles and needs in her class. Students start projects with questions that compare and synthesize more than just basic information about a topic. In this project-based learning classroom, students push themselves to learn and produce high-quality work, to support each other through collaboration and positive feedback, and to be creative communicators. The school has converted shop spaces to use for labs. A STEM lab has been started but needs upgrading and updating. Plans for this space include having a true STEM space that meets current state facility standards and provides an environment with a variety of tools and spaces for students to work. The teachers need more space for students’ learning activities with a variety of creative tools. Teachers need large spaces outside of regular classrooms full of desks to do hands-on and sometimes messy lessons.


“We are extremely proud of this year’s regional winners. Their innovative approaches, creative ideas, and unwavering commitment to give their very best to their students—and to society, as they engage and motivate the STEM leaders of tomorrow—is commendable and inspiring,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Director, Shell Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with teachers to help in furthering quality science education in the classroom.”


To enter the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, K-12 science teachers located in select school districts near Shell assets were asked to describe their school’s current laboratory resources, explain why laboratory upgrade support is needed, and describe their approach to science education instruction utilizing their school’s current lab facilities. A panel of science educators then reviewed and selected the top entries. The regional winners each received a school science lab makeover support package valued at $10,000 (for the elementary and middle levels) and $15,000 (for the high school level).


“These science teachers have implemented truly remarkable science programs, providing high-quality lab experiences for their students with very little resources, often using their own funds to acquire them,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “We commend all of the regional winners for their creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to their students.”


Hawes now advances to the national phase of the competition, where she will have a chance to win an additional $5,000 of support to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-14, 2019. The three grand prize winners and their principals will be honored at the Shell reception and Teachers Awards Gala, taking place during the conference.


To view the list of 2018 Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Regional Winners and for more information about the Challenge, visit the competition web site.


About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.


About Shell Oil Company

Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.


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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:6/7/18
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