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NEW STEM Innovation Award

The STEM Innovation Award is presented in partnership with MESPA and the Science Museum of Minnesota. The new award gives principals the opportunity to share innovative programs and/or projects in their schools. An “innovation database,” created from entries for the award, will be made available to MESPA members, helping schools across the state replicate their colleagues’ successes. The Science Museum of Minnesota will provide $300 of programming to the recipient of the award and the recipient will be recognized at MESPA Institute awards banquet – The MESPYs – in February. 

 Any MESPA member can submit a project/program for consideration!

How to Apply: 

Any MESPA member can submit a project/program for consideration for the 2018 STEM Innovation Award. Completed application/nomination forms are due December 4, 2017. Send completed applications to mespa@mespa.net. 


In reviewing application, the award committee will look for projects/programs that:

  • Impact on School Community (solution or outcome oriented)
  • Replicable
  • Inclusive and supports diversity
  • Sustainable and/or has potential for growth


  • Who can apply for the award? Any Active Level MESPA Member may apply for the STEM Innovation Award.
  • Can my school submit more than one innovative program/project for consideration? No, schools can only submit one innovate program/project per year.
  • What type of STEM Innovations can be submitted? Any sustainable and/or growth-oriented program/project that encourages and celebrates STEM literacy can be submitted for consideration. Some examples are:
o   New learning opportunities for students
o   Different and innovative STEM teaching methods
o   Different and innovative forms of measuring STEM outcomes
o   STEM professional development and coaching opportunities for educators
o   In-School or Out-of-School STEM experience(s) for students
o   Engaging families or community partners in STEM curriculum

Congratulations to our 2017 Science and Math Principal of the Year: Dr. Joey Page

“Dr. Page strives to find ways for R-S.T.E.M. staff to engage in culturally relevant pedagogy while maintaining a deep commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He has led the implementation of several sustaining initiatives, including Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and ENVoY (Educational Non-Verbal Yardsticks). With his leadership and support, these programs have helped our school cultivate and grow learning environments where students feel safe, validated, and accepted. Dr. Page reminds us that positive relationships between students and teachers can determine students’ academic success or failure.”  - Cindy Lybeck, R-S.T.E.M. Instructional Coach

Click here to read Dr. Joey Page's full press release. 
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