The Novo Nordisk Foundation now seeks nominations of early-childhood educators, teachers and lecturers for the Foundation’s 2019 science teaching prizes. A total of close to DKK 2 million has been allocated for the five prizes, divided into a personal award and an amount for the institution or school.
The purpose of the prizes is to recognize extraordinary efforts in stimulating learning, interest and motivation among children and young people – from the earliest experiences of nature and numbers in childcare centres to the theoretical and experimental challenges young people face during their education at upper-secondary schools and teacher colleges.
The five prizes are:
Novo Nordisk Foundation Nature-based Educator Prize: aimed at early-childhood educators working in childcare centres in Denmark with nature, outdoor life and science.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Primary Science Teachers: aimed at primary school teachers of science and technology in grades 1–6 in primary and lower-secondary schools.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Lower-secondary Science Teachers: aimed at teachers of biology, physics/chemistry, geography and mathematics in grades 7–9 in primary and lower-secondary schools.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Upper-secondary Science Teachers: aimed at teachers of physics, chemistry, biology, physical geography, biotechnology, geoscience, astronomy, technology, technical science and mathematics at upper-secondary schools in Denmark.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Science Teachers at Teacher Colleges: aimed at teachers of science and technology, biology, physics and chemistry, geography and mathematics in Denmark.
The first four prizes are divided into two prizes: one for eastern Denmark and one for western Denmark. The prize for science teachers at teacher colleges is a national prize.
Anyone may nominate a candidate for one of the prizes, which must be submitted to the candidate’s institution, principal or rector.
Some of the initiatives taken by previous recipients of the Foundation’s prizes include fluid pressure, a bacteria hunt on a primary school course, a rafting expedition, master classes in quantum physics for talented upper-secondary school pupils and a science festival for 4000 students in primary schools.
The deadline for nominations is 10 January 2019.