The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) recently selected Steve Stewart as their 2015 Informal Science Educator of the Year. The winner was chosen for unique and extraordinary accomplishments, active leadership, scholarly contributions and direct and substantial contributions to the improvement of non-school-based science education over a significant period of time. Steve is a senior educator with Michigan Sea Grant Extension.
Steve helped develop Sea Grant Extension’s 4-H Great Lakes Camp in 1983, co-founded the Great Lakes Education Program which has served more than 100,000 students and teachers since 1991, developed the Summer Discovery Cruises program in 2002, and is a founding member of the regional Center for Great Lakes Literacy, which focuses on providing professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and informal educators.
“This award means a great deal to me because it is most rewarding when recognition comes from your peers,” he said. “And this is a reflection the effort of many, not just myself, because what I’ve accomplished has been with the help of Sea Grant and Extension colleagues, as well as incredible teachers with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working.”