The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards Winners

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The Be the Change for Kids 2016 Innovation Award recipients are:

   
School: Byron-Bergen Central School District
Superintendent: Mickey Edwards
Contact: Brian Meister, Principal, 585-494-1220
Project Name: Inquiry-Based Learning Lab
Project Decription: The Byron-Bergen Inquiry-Based Learning Lab is a K-6 program that provides facilitated instruction through a project-based learning approach. Reaching all students in grades K-6, this course seeks STEM applications to real-world situations in an environment that is truly collaborative. Every student is able to engineer, create, innovate, and share.
   
School Freeport Public Schools
Superintendent: Kishore Kuncham
Contact: Vincent Pereira, Director of Science, 516-867-5374
Project Name: Introducing Nanotechnology into the K-12 Science Curriculum
Project Decription: To make science more relevant, and prepare students for the 21st century workforce, Freeport Schools will introduce nanotechnology into the K-12 science curriculum. Lab activities will involve nanotechnology and secondary students will synthesize nanoparticles and watch their teacher and scientists characterize them at Brookhaven Laboratory through internet facilitated teleconferencing tools.
   
School: Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools
Superintendent: Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D
Contact: Barbara Giese, School Community Relations, 516- 792-4115
Project Name: The Outdoor Environmental Center at Woodmere Middle School
Project Decription: The Outdoor Environmental Center encompasses gardening areas, greenhouse with various species of plants, aquaponics and hydroponic systems, food composter and a pond ecosystem. Students gain experience gardening, maintaining/preserving ecosystems, observing the growth of different plants and animals while participating in hands-on activities. They are encouraged to think creatively and critically.
   

We were so impressed by the many entries by our New York public schools who created such innovative educational programs that we are including a listing of all the nominations. We encourage you to review these nominations.  Your own school district may identify one, or more as sharing the same challenges.

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Nominations for the 2016 Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards will open in February 2016.