It’s worth $20,000 and comes with national bragging rights! That’s the prize Candace Roy, an advanced science teacher at Vanguard High School in Ocala, receives as the grand prize winner of the 2014 Shell Science Lab Challenge.
The prestigious contest honors science teachers for developing innovative approaches providing quality lab experiences to students with limited school resources.
As part of the entry process, Roy reported on her school’s current laboratory resources, explained why the school’s laboratory facilities might be classified as “limited” resources, and described her approach to science education using her school’s current lab facilities. What she provided convinced the judging panel to give her an $8,000 cash award, $8,000 in lab equipment, $1,000 in National Science Teachers Association prizes – including national conference registrations, memberships, and subscriptions for two teachers – and $3,000 to attend the 2014 NSTA National Conference in Boston.
From hundreds of original entries, Roy beat out four other finalists for the national honor.
Roy, a 17-year veteran of Marion County Public Schools, has tallied the last four years in Vanguard’s science labs teaching biology to International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) students.
The National Science Teachers Association counts 55,000 sciences teachers, supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry professionals among its membership.