PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Steelers were not the only champions during last Sunday's match-up with the Cleveland Browns. Sixteen Pittsburgh-area educators also were recognized at Heinz Field for their exceptional classroom efforts.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chevron Corporation and Inventionland teamed up for the Leaders in the Classroom program to recognize Pittsburgh teachers, whose engaging instruction and curriculum significantly impacts the region's pre-K to 12th-grade students.
During a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, Inventionland founder and Chief Executive Officer George Davison congratulated and honored the passionate classroom leaders, noting how he was especially inspired by the group, which included three Pittsburgh educators that currently utilize Inventionland's innovative STEAM-based classroom curriculum.
"We've seen inspiring educators teaching the Inventionland course in their schools and we couldn't be happier to see them nominated as some of the best influencers of our youth today. I feel very proud to be able to stand up here with them and recognize their contribution to our youth," said Davison.
To further recognize all sixteen Leaders in the Classroom, Davison presented each teacher with a $1,000 credit for STEAM products offered in the Inventionland curriculum catalog.
"Inventionland has gotten teachers and our children excited about how they can make things and improve the future as they learn 21st century skills," said Davison.
Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) Colonial Campus teacher Kevin McKee, John Marshall High School's Sally Gaughenbaugh and IU1 Educational Campus at East Franklin's Eric Selva all were recognized as Leaders in the Classroom and currently utilize Inventionland's interactive STEAM-based curriculum.
McKee said that the engaging curriculum and makerspace that Chevron donated to IU1's Colonial Campus certainly have contributed to his classroom success.
"When I started teaching the Inventionland curriculum, this really enhanced what I was already trying to do with the students. They had to come up with their own problem, research some possible solutions or inventions, make prototypes, work on packaging and design, and present their ideas. During this process, it was amazing to watch them learn and grow, working in teams discussing their mistakes and how to make their inventions better and better," said McKee.
Davison said that he hopes Inventionland's curriculum and participation in programs like Leaders in the Classroom continue to motivate both teachers and students.
"The Inventionland course is now spreading throughout our state and others and we hope to continue to inspire future generations of leaders," said Davison.
George Davison founded Inventionland in 2006 and it quickly emerged as the world's innovation destination. Inside the state-of-the-art production facility, new ideas are turned into products for corporations and client inventors. Inventionland-designed products and packaging solutions have sold in over 1,200 stores and online retailers. Inventionland's offerings now include comprehensive educational materials, innovation supplies and services for schools and corporate innovation labs. Learn more about Inventionland's hands-on, personalized project-based learning by visiting www.inventionlandinstitute.com.
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