$3,000 for innovative science teaching

Ohaus Corp., which makes balances for the education, laboratory, and industrial markets, is accepting entries for the 2004 Gustav Ohaus Award for Innovations in Science Teaching. For 34 years, the annual Gustav Ohaus Award program has recognized educators whose instructional methods or learning activities have the potential to improve science teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. This year’s competition, administered for Ohaus by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), offers a prize totaling $3,000 for the winner. The winner will receive $1,500 toward travel to attend the 2004 NSTA National Convention this April in Atlanta, where an additional $1,500 will be presented. The Gustav Ohaus Award program recognizes innovations across a broad range of categories, including—but not limited to—new curriculum design, instructional methods, or techniques; unique organization or administrative patterns; and new approaches to laboratory activities or other enhanced learning activities for students. The program is open to educators from all grade levels, kindergarten through college, who teach in the United States or Canada. Entries will be judged on five criteria: originality, utilization, benefits, consistency, and safety. All entrants are required to complete the official application form and provide a 250-word abstract description of the program being entered into the competition, along with supporting materials of no more than five pages.

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