Do you know a teacher who is inspiring young engineers?

The David Clark Prize seeks to reward exceptional teachers who have gone the extra mile in inspiring young people to consider engineering as a profession and career.

There are two prizes, one for teachers working in primary schools and another for teachers in secondary schools, colleges or UTCs. Each prize includes a £3,000 personal award for the prize winner (with no restrictions on use) and a further £5,000 for the school to be used to further promote engineering within the school; it is envisaged that the prize winner will help determine how the funds should be spent. The prize winner will also become a fellow of the ERA Foundation.

If you know a teacher who has gone above and beyond what is required in the teaching syllabus, with a strong track record of showcasing real-world engineering to students, take a look at the assessment criteria below. 

  • the vision offered for a technology/design (possibly STEM) education that could inspire and lead to a successful career in engineering

  • level of creativity shown in shaping their work with young people

  • the success that the teacher has had in their interaction with young people (both in terms of numbers reached and the difference this has made to them)

Evidence to support the nomination should principally be drawn from work that has been done over the last five years although the ERA Foundation will consider nominations where the case is based on a sustained contribution over a longer period.

In addition to a written application, you are encouraged to submit a short video of no more than three minutes in length showing some of the work, with contributions from students, colleagues or industry partners if appropriate. The ERA Foundation will showcase winners’ videos through its own internet channels.

To nominate a teacher, download this application form and send it to awards@stem.org.uk with the subject title DAVID CLARK PRIZE.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on the 24 January 2020.

Successful nominations will be invited to the ERA Annual Lunch in London in May 2020.

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