Christopher Brotzman-Gonzales, a science teacher at IDEA San Benito College Prep in San Benito, Texas, has been named a district winner in the Shell Science Lab Challenge, a competition for middle and high school science teachers. Sponsored by the Shell Oil Company and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the competition encouraged teachers (grades 6-12), 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 a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Brotzman-Gonzales one of 18 district winners named, from which five national finalists will be chosen, and from the national finalists a grand prize winner will be selected.
As a district winner, Brotzman-Gonzales and IDEA San Benito will receive a $3,000 science lab prize package that includes:
$1,000 Shell grant to purchase lab equipment and other science education resources;
$1,000 in donated science lab equipment donated by Carolina Biological Supply Company;
$300 gift certificate to the NSTA Science Store;
One year NSTA membership for two teachers;
NSTA Learning Center subscription for two teachers; and
Paid registration for two teachers to attend a 2019 NSTA Area Conference on Science Education.