Attention Science Teachers: Shell Science Lab Challenge Now Accepting Entries for 2013-2014 Program

  Attention Science Teachers: Shell Science Lab Challenge Now Accepting
  Entries for 2013-2014 Program

 Up to $93,000 in Prizes, Including a $20,000 School Science Lab Makeover, to
                                  be Awarded

Business Wire

ARLINGTON, Va. -- September 3, 2013

The Shell Science Lab Challenge is now accepting entries for its 2013-2014
program year. Through the competition—now in its fourth year—middle and high
school science teachers compete to win much needed laboratory resources for
their schools. The deadline for entries is December 20, 2013.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge, sponsored by Shell Oil Company (Shell) and
administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), encourages
teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, 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 up to $93,000 in
prizes, including a grand prize school science lab makeover support package
valued at $20,000.

“Inquiry-based learning and hands-on experimentation are key elements for
encouraging student interest in science,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Shell Oil
Company Manager, Social Investment. “Through the Shell Science Lab Challenge
our aim is to support the inquiry-based instructional practices of our science
teachers and excite students about the wonders and possibilities of science by
doing. Exemplary science teaching is more effective when it occurs in a
quality lab environment where science concepts can be explored by students.”

“By the time students enter middle school, they have already reached a
critical age to embrace the world of science through inquiry-based learning
opportunities. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, several schools are
not able to equip their science classrooms with up-to-date equipment and
materials, leaving the laboratory experiences for students less than
adequate,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “The Shell Science
Lab Challenge not only provides teachers with the tools and resources
necessary to strengthen their existing lab capabilities, but will also provide
the professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality
science teaching and learning.”

Entries will be judged on the basis of several criteria, including
demonstrated science inquiry and innovation in the middle or high school
classroom with limited laboratory equipment, materials, and resources;
demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the school community; and
demonstrated need for support to improve science laboratory experiences. Up to
54 regional finalists will be selected and asked to create a 3-5 minute video
that displays the school’s current science laboratory facilities and provides
further explanation of how winning equipment and resources would make a
difference in their science teaching and in the learning experience for
students. The judging panel will then review the regional finalist submissions
and select 18 regional winners. Of the 18 winners, five national finalists
will be chosen, and from the national finalists a grand prize winner will be

All winners will receive science lab equipment, Shell cash grants, membership
to the NSTA, and support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The
grand prize winner and four national finalists will be honored at a special
banquet and ceremony at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in
Boston in April 2014.

For more information about the Challenge or to download an application, visit

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership
includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place
for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a
billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts
and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority
education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT: Shell Oil Company Media Line +1 (713) 241- 4544

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