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Orkin’s Start With Science Innovation Challenge for insect and entomology projects

We’re delighted to introduce the winners of Orkin’s Start with Science Innovation Challenge. Winners receive a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift code to bring additional classroom projects to life. Thank you to all of the teachers who submitted classroom projects,teaching students about insects through STEM application! For details about this Challenge and all of our winners, check out our blog!

 

Got Honey Bees?

Devastating Citrus Disease

Having a Buggy, Good Time with STEM

Incredible, Edible Insects: Sustainable Food for the Future!

Insect Olympics: Best in Show!

Orkin Science Station: a weekly YouTube production about insects!

"Arachnid-man" & the New "Mut-Ants"! A Super STEAM project!

First Graders Learning From the Ants!

Bugs in Speech, OH MY!

Bugs, Biomimicry, and Robots

 

 

CRITERIA SCORE OF 1 SCORE OF 2 SCORE OF 3 SCORE OF 4
Be innovative Idea is widely used in US schools to teach STEM concepts Idea is not commonly used in US schools to teach STEM concepts Idea is creative and not commonly used in US schools and integrates STEM concepts while also teaching about insects and entomology Idea is creative, unconventional, and exciting, incorporating STEM concepts in an unconventional way
Propose an idea that ignites student interest in learning about insects through STEM Idea is not directly tied to igniting student interest in learning about insects, entomology or STEM Idea is meeting a teacher-identified student need but isn’t directly connected to sparking student interest in learning about insects, entomology or STEM Idea is inspired by teacher-identified student needs, amplifies students’ interests, and will spark student interest in learning about STEM and insects/entomology Idea is developed with student interests in mind and will encourage student learning about insects, entomology and STEM beyond the classroom environment
Engage students in entomology or learning about insects) through application, i.e., project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based Project is not immersive, hands-on or project-based and/or not clear on how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is somewhat immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and clearly defines how STEM concepts will be applied
Be easily replicated in classrooms across the country Idea could be replicated only in very specific school settings (e.g. “middle schools with a river nearby”) Idea could be replicated by other teachers in one specific content area and grade level (e.g. 9th grade Life Science) Idea could be replicated by other teachers in same grade range or broad content area (e.g. 6-8th grade, math) While also innovative, idea could be replicated by any teacher nationwide and be easily adapted for multiple grade levels