Current Award Winners

2017 Innovation in Education Award Winners


inspire Award

Program: Hydroponic Greenhouse” program

School/District: Feaster Charter Middle School, Chula Vista Elementary School District

Description: This program provides students with the opportunity to learn how to grow, manage, and market produce hydroponically. Students learn about STEM through agriculture by connecting the scientific and engineering concepts of hydroponics to core academic curriculum. The program inspires students to start their own businesses by promoting entrepreneurial skills through a cross curricular experience.


innovate Award

Program: Quadcopter Challenge” program

School/District: Sweetwater Union High School District

Description: This STEM program for students utilized two new technologies, unmanned airborne systems (quadcopters or drones) and 3D printers. Students participated in the first “challenge” of its kind in the state of California, designing and constructing quadcopters to compete against other high schools in Sweetwater Union High School District. This program helped students to discover emerging technologies and learn critical electrical and engineering concepts, as well as aircraft safety and regulations.


achieve Award

Program: Next Generation Science Core Leadership Team (CLT)” program

School/District: Vista Unified School District

Description: The Core Leadership Team (CLT) is a professional development program that empowers every teacher to successfully implement the California Next Generation Science Standards. The program leverages a collaborative model focused on lesson study to build teacher leaders at school sites throughout the district. By increasing teacher efficacy district-wide, all students are provided with a quality science education with sufficient knowledge and skills to solve real world problems related to science and engineering.


impact Award

Program: The Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA)

School/District: Vista Unified School District

Description: The Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) is a true story of school transformation. Three years ago, Washington Middle School became VIDA: a school dedicated to a cross-curricular and integrated learning approach that focuses on igniting the creative genius of all students. Students at VIDA utilize the design thinking process, which is embedded into every class, as a way to enhance their learning by solving real world problems. As a result of the school’s innovative approach, teachers are empowered and more students are succeeding today than ever before.

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