STEM Teachers of the Year to be Honored at Event

A Mt. Rose Elementary fifth grader explains the class's scale solar system project.
A Mt. Rose Elementary fifth grader explains the class’s scale solar system project. Image: Ty O’Neil

Students and teachers are scheduled to present their science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) projects during an exhibition scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 2 at the William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center, 475 Edison Way.

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology is planning to recognize STEM teachers of the year during the event.

Those being honored are Tamara Rosenberry of Cottonwood Elementary School in Fernley, Melissa Jones of Carlin Combined School in Carlin, and Leigh Metcalfe of Reed High School in Sparks. Three teachers from Southern Nevada will also be recognized.

Each will receive a $1,000 award for their classrooms. Donations came from STEM industry partners Renown Health, Southwest Gas, and Switch.

Additionally, students and staff from the following schools will have projects on display: Sparks and Wooster high schools; Depoali, Mendive, and Clayton middle schools; Lincoln Park, Kate Smith, Risley, Palmer, Hunsberger, Anderson, Mount Rose, and Donner Springs elementary schools, along with Coral Academy of Science Charter School.
Examples of projects include STEM labs, drone and robotics programs, and other content designed with a focus on skills that promote college and career readiness.

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Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology:
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