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STEM Awards

The Works is proud to recognize educators and businesses who go above and beyond to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

STEM Educator of the Year 2014, Tina Hummel, Architectural and Engineering Design teacher at C-TEC, stands with her C-TEC Toothpick Bridge Challenge winning team.

Actively engaging children in STEM Education is important both in and out of the classroom. The Works is honored to be part of two STEM awards; STEM Teacher of the Year and STEM Business of the Year. These awards acknowledges a Licking County teacher or business that has gone above and beyond to promote and encourage STEM education in innovative ways.

STEM Educator of the Year Award

The Works STEM Educator of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who excels by engaging students in STEM education both in the classroom and in the community, and who implements innovative, inquiry-based programs that address real-world problems.

The selected teacher is honored at the Licking County Chamber of Commerce Awards held annually in August. The STEM Educator of the Year receives a beautiful original glass piece handcrafted at The Works and $1,000 to use towards classroom initiatives. View/download complete requirements & nomination application.

Eligibility:  Any pre-K-12 teacher who teaches in Licking County.


2014 STEM Educator of the Year: 

  • Tina Hummell, Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County 
    (C-TEC) Architectural and Engineering Design Teacher
    Tina encourages her students to participate in as many real-world experiences as possible to better understand program content. Her students regularly participate in STEMfest! at The Works, and have interned at Owens Corning, JBA, and Denison University. Tina ensures that her students work to understand that critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication are all integral to a successful project. She recently worked as co-coordinator of C-TEC's Net Zero Energy Concept Model Home, where she also distinguished herself for involving students. She has been honored as Teacher of the Year at C-TEC and was also inducted into the C-TEC Hall of Fame of distinguished alumni. 


STEM Business of the Year Award

The STEM Business of the Year Award is sponsored by The Works STEM Advisory Committtee, a groupd of leaders from business, industry, and education. This award recognizes a company that integrates STEM education into their everyday business while also fostering STEM education within the community. The STEM Advisory Committee and the Licking County Chamber of Commerce develop the award criteria and select the recipient. View/download complete requirements & nomination criteria.