Beckman@Science & Project Tomorrow to Honor Orange County's Top Science Educators at First Annual Vision for Excellence Awards

Highlights:



- Dr. Henry Samueli, co-chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom

Corporation, to deliver keynote address

- Beckman@Science to grant $250,000 to 11 Orange County school districts,

bringing the total amount donated this year to $800,000

- Five Orange County Teachers to receive a Project Tomorrow Vision for

Excellence Award and $5,000

- April 28, 2001 event at Discovery Science Center expected to attract

more than 200 Orange County business and education leaders



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation from ,Project Tomorrow

    IRVINE, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Beckman@Science and Project
 Tomorrow, in a collaboration that underscores Orange County's growing
 commitment to science education excellence, are proud to announce the 2001
 Vision for Excellence Awards.  Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow have
 joined forces to present the 2001 Vision for Excellence Awards at the
 Discovery Science Center on April 28, 2001.
     The event will honor five exceptional Orange County science teachers with
 individual $5,000 awards and recognize an additional 39 teachers for their
 achievements in pursuit of education excellence.  A team of educators and
 business representatives has convened to select five of the 20 nominated
 teachers as recipients of the inaugural Vision for Excellence Awards.
 Additionally, the 11 Orange County school districts participating in the
 Beckman@Science program will receive a district incentive grant in the amount
 of $250,000, bringing the total incentive grants given this year to $800,000.
     Dr. Henry Samueli, co-chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom
 Corporation and a member of Project Tomorrow's board of directors will present
 the keynote address at the semi-formal dinner event, which is expected to draw
 more than 200 of Orange County's foremost business executives and education
 leaders -- including the Board of Directors of the Beckman Foundation, Project
 Tomorrow and the Discovery Science Center.
     "There are two components to science education: knowledge about existing
 science and the ability to solve problems through the scientific method," said
 Dr. Samueli.  "The former is a prerequisite for job performance, but the
 latter is by far the more valuable and scarce.  By recognizing the county's
 outstanding science teachers, Project Tomorrow and Beckman@Science are
 providing support and encouragement to the education leaders who initiate,
 develop and spread their best practice programs in pursuit of Orange County
 science education excellence."
     Both Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow focus on science as a vehicle
 for enhancing academic achievement, based on its integration of a broad
 spectrum of skill sets including reading, writing and math.
     "Knowledge of science will be essential for the workforce and community
 leaders of tomorrow," commented George Argyros, chairman of the Arnold and
 Mabel Beckman Foundation.  "This fundamental philosophy is shared by both
 Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow.  Together, through our science education
 initiatives, we will enable our children to develop the critical thinking
 skills and problem-solving strategies that ensure future success."
     Mr. Argyros further stated, "Our initiatives would not have been as
 successful if not for the dedication of the teachers, many of whom undergo a
 rigorous training process at the Beckman@Science facility, implementing our
 programs in their classrooms."
     In an effort to recognize the teachers and school districts that have
 taken an active role in strengthening science education, Project Tomorrow and
 Beckman@Science are proud to announce the 20 nominees for the Vision for
 Excellence Awards:
 
      1. Ms. Lisa Brownell Kendra,           12. Ms. Becky Lorenzen,
         Arroyo Elementary                       Peters Canyon Elementary
      2. Ms. Kathy Burton,                   13. Ms. Kathie Peterson,
         Rossmoor Elementary                     Sierra Vista
      3. Ms. Mary Cobb,                      14. Ms. Linda Schaller,
         Trabuco Elementary                      Los Coyotes
      4. Mrs. Polly Dishno,                  15. Ms. Marcia Sprang,
         Clegg Elementary                        Esperanza High School
      5. Ms. Monica Elkins,                  16. Ms. Julia Sweeney,
         Perry Elementary                        Peterson Elementary
      6. Ms. Pamela Finamore,                17. Mr. Aaron Thompson,
         TeWinkle Middle School                  Mariners Elementary
      7. Ms. Christine Fox,                  18. Ms. Anne Webber,
         Valencia Elementary                     Huntington Seacliff Elementary
      8. Mr. Tom Grzecka,                    19. Ms. Judy Williams,
         Trabuco Hills High School               Adelaide Price School
      9. Ms. Christine Karlbert,             20. Ms. Nancy Ziolkowski,
         Hewes Middle School                     South Lake Middle School
     10. Mr. Robert Kelly,
         Newport Heights
     11. Ms. Sharon Lash,
         Yorba Linda Middle School
 
     The following 11 Orange County school districts will benefit from the
 $250,000 Beckman@Science district incentive grant:
 
     -- Brea Olinda Unified School District      -- Laguna Beach Unified School
                                                    District
 
     -- Fountain Valley School District          -- Newport Mesa Unified School
                                                    District
 
     -- Huntington Beach City School District    -- Placentia-Yorba Linda
                                                    Unified School District
 
     -- Irvine Unified School District           -- Westminster School District
 
     -- Saddleback Valley Unified School
        District
 
     -- Santa Ana Unified School District
 
     -- Tustin Unified School District
 
     About Project Tomorrow
     Project Tomorrow is a non-profit partnership of business, education and
 community leaders dedicated to enhancing K-12 science education in Orange
 County.  Founded in 1996, the organization achieves its mission through
 supporting innovative projects and programs in schools, sponsoring
 professional development for teachers, and engaging in outreach activities to
 promote community involvement.  For more information, visit Project Tomorrow's
 Web site at www.tomorrow.org.
 
     About Beckman@Science
     Beckman@Science is a $14.4 million Orange County initiative funded by the
 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to incorporate quality science education
 in the elementary classroom.  The Beckman@Science goal is to prepare Orange
 County children for tomorrow's world by making science a core subject
 throughout their entire elementary school education.  Beckman@Science K-6
 science education initiative is expected to impact more than 300,000 Orange
 County elementary school students.  Currently, the program has
 11 participating school districts.  To learn more about the Beckman@Science
 program please contact the center at 714-546-0505.
 
     For further information, please contact:  Elyesse Concepcion of eConcep
 Public Relations, 949-642-7700, for Beckman@Science; or Sharon Weinfeld,
 Director, Public Relations & Marketing, for Project Tomorrow, 714-780-7241.
 
 

SOURCE Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation; Project Tomorrow
    IRVINE, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Beckman@Science and Project
 Tomorrow, in a collaboration that underscores Orange County's growing
 commitment to science education excellence, are proud to announce the 2001
 Vision for Excellence Awards.  Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow have
 joined forces to present the 2001 Vision for Excellence Awards at the
 Discovery Science Center on April 28, 2001.
     The event will honor five exceptional Orange County science teachers with
 individual $5,000 awards and recognize an additional 39 teachers for their
 achievements in pursuit of education excellence.  A team of educators and
 business representatives has convened to select five of the 20 nominated
 teachers as recipients of the inaugural Vision for Excellence Awards.
 Additionally, the 11 Orange County school districts participating in the
 Beckman@Science program will receive a district incentive grant in the amount
 of $250,000, bringing the total incentive grants given this year to $800,000.
     Dr. Henry Samueli, co-chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom
 Corporation and a member of Project Tomorrow's board of directors will present
 the keynote address at the semi-formal dinner event, which is expected to draw
 more than 200 of Orange County's foremost business executives and education
 leaders -- including the Board of Directors of the Beckman Foundation, Project
 Tomorrow and the Discovery Science Center.
     "There are two components to science education: knowledge about existing
 science and the ability to solve problems through the scientific method," said
 Dr. Samueli.  "The former is a prerequisite for job performance, but the
 latter is by far the more valuable and scarce.  By recognizing the county's
 outstanding science teachers, Project Tomorrow and Beckman@Science are
 providing support and encouragement to the education leaders who initiate,
 develop and spread their best practice programs in pursuit of Orange County
 science education excellence."
     Both Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow focus on science as a vehicle
 for enhancing academic achievement, based on its integration of a broad
 spectrum of skill sets including reading, writing and math.
     "Knowledge of science will be essential for the workforce and community
 leaders of tomorrow," commented George Argyros, chairman of the Arnold and
 Mabel Beckman Foundation.  "This fundamental philosophy is shared by both
 Beckman@Science and Project Tomorrow.  Together, through our science education
 initiatives, we will enable our children to develop the critical thinking
 skills and problem-solving strategies that ensure future success."
     Mr. Argyros further stated, "Our initiatives would not have been as
 successful if not for the dedication of the teachers, many of whom undergo a
 rigorous training process at the Beckman@Science facility, implementing our
 programs in their classrooms."
     In an effort to recognize the teachers and school districts that have
 taken an active role in strengthening science education, Project Tomorrow and
 Beckman@Science are proud to announce the 20 nominees for the Vision for
 Excellence Awards:
 
      1. Ms. Lisa Brownell Kendra,           12. Ms. Becky Lorenzen,
         Arroyo Elementary                       Peters Canyon Elementary
      2. Ms. Kathy Burton,                   13. Ms. Kathie Peterson,
         Rossmoor Elementary                     Sierra Vista
      3. Ms. Mary Cobb,                      14. Ms. Linda Schaller,
         Trabuco Elementary                      Los Coyotes
      4. Mrs. Polly Dishno,                  15. Ms. Marcia Sprang,
         Clegg Elementary                        Esperanza High School
      5. Ms. Monica Elkins,                  16. Ms. Julia Sweeney,
         Perry Elementary                        Peterson Elementary
      6. Ms. Pamela Finamore,                17. Mr. Aaron Thompson,
         TeWinkle Middle School                  Mariners Elementary
      7. Ms. Christine Fox,                  18. Ms. Anne Webber,
         Valencia Elementary                     Huntington Seacliff Elementary
      8. Mr. Tom Grzecka,                    19. Ms. Judy Williams,
         Trabuco Hills High School               Adelaide Price School
      9. Ms. Christine Karlbert,             20. Ms. Nancy Ziolkowski,
         Hewes Middle School                     South Lake Middle School
     10. Mr. Robert Kelly,
         Newport Heights
     11. Ms. Sharon Lash,
         Yorba Linda Middle School
 
     The following 11 Orange County school districts will benefit from the
 $250,000 Beckman@Science district incentive grant:
 
     -- Brea Olinda Unified School District      -- Laguna Beach Unified School
                                                    District
 
     -- Fountain Valley School District          -- Newport Mesa Unified School
                                                    District
 
     -- Huntington Beach City School District    -- Placentia-Yorba Linda
                                                    Unified School District
 
     -- Irvine Unified School District           -- Westminster School District
 
     -- Saddleback Valley Unified School
        District
 
     -- Santa Ana Unified School District
 
     -- Tustin Unified School District
 
     About Project Tomorrow
     Project Tomorrow is a non-profit partnership of business, education and
 community leaders dedicated to enhancing K-12 science education in Orange
 County.  Founded in 1996, the organization achieves its mission through
 supporting innovative projects and programs in schools, sponsoring
 professional development for teachers, and engaging in outreach activities to
 promote community involvement.  For more information, visit Project Tomorrow's
 Web site at www.tomorrow.org.
 
     About Beckman@Science
     Beckman@Science is a $14.4 million Orange County initiative funded by the
 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to incorporate quality science education
 in the elementary classroom.  The Beckman@Science goal is to prepare Orange
 County children for tomorrow's world by making science a core subject
 throughout their entire elementary school education.  Beckman@Science K-6
 science education initiative is expected to impact more than 300,000 Orange
 County elementary school students.  Currently, the program has
 11 participating school districts.  To learn more about the Beckman@Science
 program please contact the center at 714-546-0505.
 
     For further information, please contact:  Elyesse Concepcion of eConcep
 Public Relations, 949-642-7700, for Beckman@Science; or Sharon Weinfeld,
 Director, Public Relations & Marketing, for Project Tomorrow, 714-780-7241.
 
 SOURCE  Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation; Project Tomorrow