TRENTON, N.J., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) today announced the winner and three runners-up of the organization's Citizen STEM Initiative Award.
The Citizen STEM Initiative Award was a competition open to all 9th grade physics students throughout the state of New Jersey. The students were asked to create videos that in 90 seconds or less brought to life their favorite aspects of physics.
Three judges: Matthew Modine, Actor, Director and Producer; Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist at the Good Housekeeping Institute; and Rita King, Co-Director of Science House together chose the winning video and three runners-up.
Rachel Rothman remarked, "I see lots of future scientists amongst this group -- and maybe future Instituters!"
The winning entry was created by Gabrielle Grupenhof, a student in Erin Wiese's class at River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, New Jersey. Gabrielle enthusiastically shared how to calculate the acceleration of a car speeding down the highway. (http://bit.ly/2r6v5bP)
The judges also named three runners-up for the innovation and sincerity they showed in their entries:
- Mackenzie Szabo is a student in Raphael Pastor's class at Secaucus High School (http://bit.ly/2rEfuPY)
- Desire Trudy Walker is a student in Mrs. Ambalika Mukherjee's class at (9th Grade Academy) (http://bit.ly/2ql4yD0)
- Isaac Hyungwoo Yi is a student in Yuriy Zavorotniy's class at Bergen Technical High School (http://bit.ly/2qETwIT)
Gabrielle, Mackenzie, Desire and Isaac were all awarded with CTO watches from the Citizen Watch Drive Collection, and treated to a personal tour of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute by Rachel Rothman, followed by a celebratory lunch with their teachers and parents in New York City.
Dr. Robert Goodman, Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning remarked, "We could not be more pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate the exemplary creativity and passion for physics we see in these young students. They are a credit to their teachers' dedication to ensuring all of their students not only understand the subject material, but appreciate the power of mastering STEM subjects."
The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower teachers to lead change so that all children have access to a high quality education.
CTL believes the best way to improve education is to invest in teachers by creating changes that make their work less isolated, simpler, more effective, and less stressful. This belief has propelled CTL to an unparalleled track record in rapidly increasing the supply of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers and advancing student STEM attainment. The New Jersey Education Association created the organization in 2007; and its support and participation continues today.
Learn more at: https://njctl.org
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