education

A teacher from Center High School in rural Southern Colorado has been awarded a prestigious National teaching award for science and technology. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Science teacher Daniel Newmeyer says he’s taught high school for less than 10 years, but he’s developed programs that include conducting high-level scientific research and integrating aerospace science and math in the classroom. That’s partly why he’s won the Alan Shepard Technology in Education award. Janet Stevens is with the Space Foundation, one of the award’s administrators.

“He’s really thinking about the future of the children that he teaches and he’s trying to open doors so that they can make choices about what they do when they grow up. That they are not in any way restricted by their economic situation or their geographic location.”

The rural school district has a 90% poverty rate. Of the school’s only 150 students, nearly 50 are participating in the elective research class this year. The national award is also administered by NASA and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.

 

One Response to Southern Colorado Teacher Wins National Science Award

  1. marilyn says:

    Congrats. to a worthy teacher in our own state!

News

AFP/Getty Images
April 24, 2014 | NPR · International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.
 

AFP/Getty Images
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for VICE News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. He is reportedly safe and in good health.
 

AP
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont’s.
 

Arts & Life

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television. Now, she’s getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. She talks about the highs and lows of her career.
 

Twentieth Century Fox
April 24, 2014 | NPR · A film that seems designed to demonstrate the dire circumstances in which funny women can still find themselves, The Other Woman is a grotesque pantomime of female empowerment.
 

Courtesy of Ogilvy Brazil
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Kids don’t want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they’ve lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty’s gone bald, too, maybe it won’t feel so bad.
 

Music

Q2 Music
April 24, 2014 | Q2 · Take a tour of the MacArthur genius’s home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Even today’s musicians know jazz has a rapidly-changing, living, breathing history. In a new video, young gun Kris Bowers takes a YouTube tour from ragtime and stride through the present day.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The video for The Darcys’ powerful song “Hunting” shows the dark side of life in an apartment building that echoes the Hitchcock film Rear Window, using subtly beautiful CGI and matte paintings.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab