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Honoring Outstanding Educators
April 11, 2008

Fifteen educators from across the United States have won awards sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation and 3M. The 2008 Building the Future Awards recognize educators for their outstanding efforts in inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The winners all have worked with curriculum developed by Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit organization that promotes engineering courses for middle and high school students. These educators have helped young people become exposed to engineering and manufacturing through hands-on activities, field trips and group projects.

In addition to the Building the Future Award, the SME Education Foundation will present the Outstanding Partner Award to Kathy Sommers. Ms. Sommers is the assistant director for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the Ohio Department of Education. At this event she will be acknowledged for her significant work moving the Project Lead the Way program forward in Ohio and setting an example for expansion nationwide.

Nominees were judged on: extraordinary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom; an engaging presence that inspires and motivates students; and exceptional instructional practices that have increased student learning.

By honoring outstanding educators, the Building the Future Awards program strives to attract, motivate and reward the achievements of talented educators. Winners will receive $1,000, and 3M will donate a 3M Digital Media Systems projector and a 65-inch 3M Digital Board for each instructor’s classroom.

The Building the Future Awards will be presented during an April 11th, 2008 ceremony at 3M’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.

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