CUMBERLAND — Bishop Walsh graduate Anna Blake will be honored with a Most Inspiring Educator Award at the 25th annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration on Nov. 5 in Pittsburgh.
When schools closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blake, a teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District, worked with teacher Melissa Unger in the South Fayette district to develop a way to keep the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics program alive for their students. They established the Pittsburgh STEAM Station, a series of 34 videos that featured activities for elementary students to complete at home.
The duo recruited educators from across the region to contribute videos that presented a unique STEM/STEAM challenge using common household items. The videos — which were shared with families via YouTube and social media — garnered more than 100,000 views. The two then wrote a book about the lessons learned during the pandemic, the success of the STEAM ecosystem in Pittsburgh and the teachers involved in the Pittsburgh STEAM Station project.
The Carnegie Science Awards Celebration offers a unique networking opportunity with explosive science demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and a short awards presentation that will share the inspiring stories behind the awardees’ accomplishments. The evening raises funds to support the Science Center’s education programs that nurture the next generation of leaders in science and technology. For more information, go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org/Awards.