The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards Winners

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The Be the Change for Kids 2014 Innovation Award recipients are:

School: Chenango Forks Central School District
Superintendent: Lloyd Peck
Contact: Keith Rosko, Fine Arts & Occ Ed department Chairperson/Technology Integration, 607.648.7544
Project Name: Chenango Forks STEAM Academy
Project Decription: The Chenango Forks STEAM Academy is a 21st Century High-Tech Incubator for high school juniors and seniors. The program uses the STEM to STEAM model of education, focusing on hands-on, project-based, cross-curriculum learning opportunities. Students work with industry partners in internships, applying skills learned in school to the real world.
School Mineola Union Free School District
Superintendent: Michael Nagler
Contact: Michael Nagler, Superintendent, 516.237.2001
Project Name: STEMineola
Project Decription: Mineola has partnered with a new company, Knowing Science, to created hands-on STEM laboratory activities for all students in grades 3-7. These activities correlate with differentiated readings on each STEM topic. All materials are organized by Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
School: Saratoga Springs City School District
Superintendent: Michael Piccirillo
Contact: Joseph Greco, K-12 Director of Math, Sciences, and Technology, 518.583.4725
Project Name: Educating Young Engineers (EYE)
Project Decription: The Educating Young Engineers program consists of several engineering challenges that promote problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork. These Saturday programs not only expose young students to engineering, they also help raise funds for the creation of in-class elementary engineering education for all students.

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.

Click here for a full listing of all the Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards nominations.


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