Student from New Jersey Receives Award for STEAM Sustainability Innovation

Student from New Jersey Receives Award for STEAM Sustainability Innovation

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education today recognized a New Jersey student as the winner of the 2022 Trade Champions Challenge. The Challenge asks high school students to work to create a 30-60 second video submission, directed at their peers, about why they aspire to be a trade professional and/or why they are passionate about the trade career in which they are currently engaged.​  

The 2022 Trade Champions Challenge winner is Samantha S., a 10th grade student at Cumberland County Technical Education Center of the Cumberland County Vocational School District. Samantha will receive a cash prize and a Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack. Her project – entitled “The Future of Construction” – addresses the fourth industrial revolution as related to the innovative technologies of the construction industry. See the full description of the winning project here. 

The annual challenge builds upon a Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education educational program – Innovation Generation – designed to ignite, engage, and empower students to become innovators through no-cost dynamic digital resources. Through real-world explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), Innovation Generation cultivates students’ collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking. 

“As a purpose-driven industrial organization, we do the hard work to make our world a better place. Part of that work is to celebrate and elevate the young innovators whose ideas solve problems, big and small,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “We applaud Samantha for her innovative demonstration of how trade careers are changing the world.”  

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools and Discovery Education’s unparalleled educational resources, Innovation Generation fuels student learning with a premiere, STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary initiative that invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making, and doing. Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom. The program’s digital tools can be accessed online at Innovation-Gen.com and through Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the Social Impact channel. 

“The winner of the 2022 Trade Champions Challenge is a perfect example of how trade jobs impact, influence, and inspire today’s students,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “In partnership with Stanley Black & Decker, we are empowering students with the STEAM content to pursue the trade careers of the future.” 

Stanley Black & Decker is also signature partner of the STEM Careers Coalition™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. The STEM Careers Coalition prepares 10 million students for the future of work by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. Having reached over 5 million students by the second-year anniversary in 2021, the Coalition is nurturing a diverse culture of STEM education in K-12 schools and afterschool centers nationwide by empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with intentional focus on racial and gender equity. 

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