Each year, the Science Education Council of Ohio proudly honors the best of the Buckeye State, through a series of competitive educational awards. We welcome nominations from all parts of the state. Below are the 2018 SECO Award winners. Nominations for 2019 will open in the Fall.
Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education
The Administrator Award is given to a current Elementary, Middle Level, or High School administrator who has demonstrated leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an outstanding school science program; supported staff development in science; promoted positive relationships between the school's science program and the community; and has been an advocate and leader for the development of science process skills and positive attitudes toward science among students, parents, and teachers.
Friend of Science Award
The Friend of Science Award is given to a science educator or non-educator who has positively influenced science education in the State of Ohio and/or nation though a specific project or sustained activities. This award recognizes activities that are more related to servicing the science education community than to specific teaching activities.
Service to the science education community includes the effective creation of situations that promote active learning and encourage a love of science.
The Patricia E. Blosser Service Award
Patrica E. Blosser served as a pre-service educator at The Ohio State University over a period of many years. She was also co-director of the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) on science education at The Ohio State University. She was a constant and devoted science educator within Ohio who dedicated her life-long work to this endeavor.
This award honors both SECO members and nonmembers who have committed time above and beyond the ordinary to the organization. An individual may receive this award only one time, and it is not given to someone presently holding an elected position in SECO.
Membership Teaching Grant
The SECO Membership Teaching Grant is designed to provide a classroom teacher of science support in the teaching of science. It is available to a pre-K through grade 12 teacher to help in the development and implementation of an activity or project under the assumption they will be willing to present at a SECO Science Symposium within 2 years of receiving the grant. A SECO Membership Teaching Grant requires membership in the Science Education Council of Ohio. One grant is awarded up to $500 each year.
K-2 Vicki Willett
SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Awards
The SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Awards are designed to provide support to classroom science teachers by providing them the opportunity to attend the SECO Science Symposium. Scholarships will include symposium registration, one night lodging, and mileage ($0.35 per mile). Scholarships do require membership in the Science Education Council of Ohio. One scholarship will be awarded in each of the following categories: K- Grade 2 teacher; Grade 3-5 teacher; Grade 6-8 teacher; and Grade 9-12 teacher.
3-5 Jordan Ankerman
6-8 Wendy Bennett
9-12 Eliot Pennell