Each year, CAST offers a variety of awards which recognize excellence in science education in the State of Colorado. Descriptions, requirements and deadlines for each of the different awards may be found at the linkslisted below. Apply NOW for January 7, 2024 deadline!
Please consider nominating an outstanding science educator or feel free to nominate yourself!
The CAST Classroom Mini Grant provides the recipient with $200 for classroom materials. This award is available to anyone who has been a CAST member for more than 1 year.
The Excellence in Teaching Award (CAST and AVS) provides the recipient with $500 and a plaque. The CAST and AVS awards honors elementary, middle school, high school and college/informal educators.
The CAST Rising Star Award recognizes a teacher with one to three years of experience who has demonstrated a passion and aptitude for teaching science. It provides the recipient with $250 and a certificate. The same criteria for Excellence in Science Teaching will be used for evaluation, but consideration will be given to the formative state of the nominee.
The CAST Pre-service Teacher Award provides the recipient with $250 and an award certificate. We also reimburse registration to the annual Colorado Science Conference. This award honors an outstanding science student teacher.
The CAST Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of science education in Colorado. Recipients receive a plaque and are honored at the Colorado Science Conference.
TheCAST Friend of Science Award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to science and/or science education through informal settings. Recipients receive a plaque and are honored at the Colorado Science Conference.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K- 12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.
To find out more about this prestigious award go to: PAEMST
CAST Award Winners 2022
American Vacuum Society Excellence in Science Teaching Award
Janet Krompier, K-6
Alicia Mauer, HS
Birgit Landin, Informal Ed
Colorado Finalists Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (PAEMST)
Allison Le Warne
Colorado Awardee for Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
AACT Chemistry Teacher of the Year
CAST Rising Star Award
CAST Excellence in Science Teaching Award
Paige Kraus, K-6
Elizabeth Henrikson, HS
Rose Di Censo, Informal Ed
CAST Friend of Science Award
CAST Distinguished Service Award
NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
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