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Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE)

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators who are elevating the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students.

An independent panel of judges selects the winners based on the following criteria: 1) creativity and effectiveness of teaching methods; 2) the plan for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools; and 3) an innovative science lesson plan showcasing innovative methods in the classroom.

Following an extensive judging process, 34 science teachers will be chosen for the award. The selected winners from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington and Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec) will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD and the recipient’s school will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD to be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school’s science teachers.

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