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Star Academic Teacher Rene Corrales Shell Science Lab Challenge finalist


Congratulations to Mr. Rene Corrales, Star Academic High School Science teacher, he is a National Finalist in the Shell Science Lab Challenge.

The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6–12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover valued at $20,000. 

Rene Corrales, science teacher, Star Academic High School, Tucson, Arizona

Instilling curiosity is the key to helping young students develop the desire to connect with science. Corrales motivates his students to be curious by first exposing them to hands-on experiences from which they then create inquiry questions, as opposed to setting up the questions for them beforehand. This opens up student minds to curiosity instead of students simply expecting a science connection to reality. A previous award has provided some updates, but the classroom still needs new lab stools, more sinks, a safety shower, and proper exhaust hoods.

As a national finalists Mr. Corrales will receive a science lab makeover support package for his school valued at $8,500. The prize package includes:

  • $3,000 Shell cash grant to purchase science/lab equipment and science education resources;
  • $3,000 gift certificate outfitted by Carolina Biological Supply Company, to purchase science/lab equipment and science education resource books through their company;
  • $1,000 in NSTA prizes—to include an NSTA bookstore gift certificate and NSTA conference registrations, NSTA memberships and NSTA Learning Center subscriptions for two teachers; and
  • Expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

Recognizing that the laboratory experience is integral to science education and that many schools, especially schools in urban and rural areas, do not have the resources to invest in quality lab equipment, NSTA and Shell partnered on the Shell Science Lab Challenge to bring much needed lab materials and resources to school districts nationwide and in Canada.


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Published by admin on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 9:18am
Last modified on: Fri, 03/31/2017 - 9:18am

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