Teaching Awards

Program Awarded Amount Awarded Description
Northrop Grumman Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award The award consists of $5000 for classroom materials and equipment, a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The awardee will be presented the award at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the National Conference. Annually A partnership with Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize excellence in the field of engineering education. NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom and the critical need for making students proficient in the practices used by engineers in the field. See the NSTA Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Section II Conceptual Shifts in the NGSS. One award will be awarded annually.

The applicant must be a K–12 public school science/technology teacher. Individuals must have a minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience. Awardees will have exhibited excellence in engineering science education.
NSTA Fellow Award Awardees will be recognized at the NSTA Awards Banquet in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference and receive one night’s lodging. Annually This award recognizes NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to science education through personal commitment to education, specifically science teaching or science; educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field; significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication to NSTA as well the entire educational community.

This award is open to longstanding (at least 10 years) NSTA members. Candidates may not self-nominate. All materials must be submitted by a person who is currently a member of NSTA and is knowledgeable about the candidate’s contributions to the science education community and his or her personal integrity.
NSTA Legacy Award One or more individuals may be selected by the NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee to be honored at the annual Awards Banquet during the NSTA National Conference; a plaque will be presented to the family of the honoree; NSTA will provide two nights’ lodging, and up to $500 towards travel expenses for a family member to attend the NSTA National Conference; a permanent Legacy Award display, located at the NSTA headquarters, will include the honoree’s name. Annually This NSTA award posthumously recognizes long-standing members of NSTA for significant lifelong service to NSTA and contributions to science education.

This award is open to long-standing members of NSTA (minimum 15 years) who have been deceased for no more than 10 years; an individual may be nominated within ten (10) years after their death; however, there may be variances to these criteria; the NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee should be consulted in writing prior to recommending an individual more than ten (10) years after their death.
PASCO STEM Educator Awards A total of 3 awardees will be selected annually. Each awardee will receive up to $1000 to cover travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference and be part of a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a $5000 certificate for PASCO scientific products. The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA national conference. Yearly The Pasco STEM Educator Awards sponsored by PASCO scientific, a partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. A total of 3 awardees will be selected annually. Each awardee will receive up to $1000 to cover travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference and be part of a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a $5000 certificate for PASCO scientific products. The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA national conference.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recipients of the award receive the following:
A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Yearly National Science Foundation provides this program recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers from across the United States and four U.S. jurisdictions for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. In even numbered years this award is for grades K-6. In odd numbered years this award is for grades 7-12.
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. The awardee's local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. $2,000 The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Applicants must teach full time in a K-12 public school, hold a current teaching license and have a minimum of five years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least three years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum.
Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award $1,000 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Congress on Science Education held each summer, and $1,000 for the awardee. An identified Yager Scholar from the six awardees will be given additional support up to $1,500, to present at a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Yearly This is the most prestigious award an NSTA member can receive. The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. It is NSTA's highest honor. This award is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company.
Robert H. Carleton Award $5,000, a formal citation, and an all-expenses-paid trip to NSTA's National Conference Yearly This is the most prestigious award an NSTA member can receive. The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. It is NSTA's highest honor. This award is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company.
Ron Mardigian Memorial Biotechnology Explorer Award The award consists a $750 certificate for Bio-Rad products and up to $1000 in expenses to attend the NSTA National
Conference on Science Education. The awardee will be honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet; the awardee and one teacher guest of the awardee will be invited to dinner with members of Bio-Rad’s Explorer team.
Annually The Ron Mardigian Memorial Biotechnology Explorer Award will recognize and reward an outstanding high school teacher who has made biotechnology learning accessible to the classroom. This award has been established in memory of Ron Mardigian, the inspiration behind and founder of the Biotechnology Explorer program.

Eligibility: Teachers of science in grades 9-12, with at least two years of experience integrating biotechnology into their lessons, that are legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico).
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year $10,000 and an expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference. The deadline is November 30, 2013, for the 2013-14 school year. Yearly This award recognizes and rewards an outstanding teacher who is working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. One teacher will win $10,000, an expenses-paid trip for themselves and one guest to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.