The Finger Lakes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Hub will present awards to educators in the Finger Lakes region who have made STEM education a priority to recognize exemplary programs being offered in schools.

STEM education has come to the forefront in recent years due to the increasing demand for jobs in the areas.

Sodus Middle/High School will be recognized for its STEM Challenges regional event in the Sodus Central School District. Mike Consadine, STEM coordinator, submitted the program for consideration.

The awards showcase the excellent programs that already exist in the Finger Lakes STEM Hub nine-county area, including the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. These programs can be used as models and inspiration for others to incorporate STEM at any grade level and in many ways.

To be considered for an award, applicants submitted a summary of the program, including information on how it met one or more of the nine STEM learning categories as identified in the New York State STEM Quality Learning Rubric. Applications were reviewed by a panel of experts who are part of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.

Programs receiving the STEM Program Recognition Award will be honored at a luncheon during the Science Exploration Days on May 13 at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave., Rochester. Recognized programs will also be featured on the Finger Lakes STEM Hub website and in the newsletter.

To view a full list of recipients, visit empirestem-fl.org.