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Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Recognizing Innovative STEM Educators


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The jobs created in our 21st century economy increasingly require a high level of skills in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math. When I visit companies like Pats Aircraft Systems in Sussex County, I hear that while Delaware has a great workforce, it's not easy to find engineers to fill available positions. In New Castle County, our rapidly growing financial services sector needs more technology workers to fill data analytics and cybersecurity jobs. JP Morgan Chase is sponsoring our state's Cyber Aces championship competition to help address the hundreds of unfilled cyber positions in the state. Our young people have the talent to make Delaware a hub for growing industries that require expertise in these STEM subjects. But we will only take advantage of their potential if we have great STEM teachers in our classrooms. So I was thrilled to announce our STEM Council's inaugural Educator Awards in a science lab at Dover High School.

These awards will be given to Delaware teachers who demonstrate innovation and excellence in STEM through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. Through the generous financial support of Ashland, the STEM Council will select two recipients of $7,500 cash awards. That's a difficult decision because we have so many talented STEM teachers. The STEM Council will highlight the winning individuals or teams of teachers in a statewide symposium this summer, which will allow educators to learn from this year's winners, and from each other, and replicate successful programs and teaching strategies across our state. To find more information about the process to recognize these teachers, go to Delaware STEM dot org. By supporting our teachers' work to help our students excel in science, technology, engineering and math, we'll help build the future workforce for Pats Aircraft, JP Morgan, and businesses throughout our state. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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