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 Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Shodor. Shodor is a nonprofit organization that serves students, educators and parents. It is recognized as a national leader in the effective use of computers to improve both math and science education. Established in 1994 in Durham, N.C., Shodor combines student enrichment, faculty enhancement and interactive materials development to transform learning through computational thinking.
“Hundreds of area students have participated in Shodor’s exploration workshops, apprenticeships and internships that are offered through its Mentor Center” said Houston, “It is organizations such as Shodor that help North Carolina achieve its goal to be the premiere state in the nation for STEM education.”
The Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was also shared with The Granville Education Foundation Technology Committee, an independent organization that works in partnership with the community and schools to improve student performance in the Granville County schools.
Other awards given at the ceremony included: 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; The Student Leadership Award of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Adam Meyer, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School; 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.