Research Triangle Park, NC, May 04, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The first annual SMT Awards were presented at the SMT Celebration on Saturday, April 19 in Cary, N.C. Sam Houston, President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center), was on hand to announce the awards.
The Student Leadership Award of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Adam Meyer. Meyer, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, N.C., worked diligently to raise awareness of the natural beauty and outstanding resources of the Richland Natural Area (RNA). The RNA includes Umstead State Park, Schenck Memorial Forest, the NCSU Equine Educational Unit, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Prairie Ridge Ecostation and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Meyer reached out to existing experts to include their input and then worked for over a year to design, package and launch an internet campaign to raise the awareness of the RNA.
“Young people like Adam Meyer should be encouraged to follow their hearts by finding creative ways to promote science and mathematics. Adam’s efforts will help to increase awareness of one of the Triangle’s greatest natural assets,” said Houston.
Other awards given at the ceremony included: The Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, which was given to Shodor and to the Granville Partnership Foundation Technology Committee; The Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to GlaxoSmithKline; The Champion of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Award was given to J. Donald Cline; and The Outstanding Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Myra Halpin, Ph.D.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the Governor, was presented to Dr. Enriqueta Bond, President and CEO of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for her years of dedication and service to her community.
About the SMT Center
Founded in 2002, the SMT Center promotes and supports innovation in science, mathematics, and technology learning. Focusing on North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools, the SMT Center works to provide all children in North Carolina with the necessary knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens and advance the economy of the state. For more information about the SMT Center, please see the website: www.ncsmt.org.