Ramona Convent Teacher Wins Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge
“Mrs. Aulikki Flagan, Science Teacher, is shown above working with senior Engineering students Miranda and Madison on a pinhole camera. Upon completion of the project, they’ll be able to take a photo and develop the print in the campus dark room.”
Twenty-seven science teachers across the United States, including Ramona Convent science teacher, Aulikki Flagan, have been named regional winners in the annual Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge. Sponsored by Shell USA, Inc. and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), the competition encouraged K-12 teachers who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package.
“We are extremely proud of this year’s regional lab challenge winners. Their innovative approaches, creative ideas, and unwavering commitment to give their very best to their students—and to the community, as they engage and motivate the STEM leaders of tomorrow—is commendable and inspiring,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Director, Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with teachers to help in furthering quality science education in the classroom.”
To enter the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, Mrs. Flagan was asked to describe current laboratory resources at Ramona, explain why laboratory upgrade support is needed, and describe her approach to science education instruction utilizing our current lab facilities. A panel of science educators then reviewed and selected her entry as one of the winners.
“It is clear that these incredible educators’ tireless commitment to education and their focus on powerful science teaching has made a tremendous impact on the quality of learning and student engagement during an extremely challenging year,” said Erika Shugart, Ph.D., executive director, NSTA. “We applaud all of the regional winners for their resilience, ingenuity, and dedication to their students.”
Mrs. Flagan has earned Ramona a science lab makeover support package valued at $15,000 and has advanced to the national phase of the competition, where she’ll have a chance to win an additional $5,000 of support to attend a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
Ramona, a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for young women committed to excellence in education, graduates empowered, resilient, socially conscious leaders well prepared to meet the challenges of life as contributive members of the global community with the strength of a legacy of more than 130 years of distinction.
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