Apply for a 2016 CONNECT2STEM Award!


AzCASE encourages out-of-school time programs across Arizona to submit nominations for the CONNECT2STEM Awards. The second annual CONNECT2STEM Awards, presented by Cox Communications in partnership with AZ SciTech, will honor STEM Connectors in the areas of business, nonprofit, education and afterschool programs.

How It Works

Nominations: Complete the nomination form here.

Voting: In March the voting phase will begin with instructions on how to vote. Promotional campaign will drive to website to vote from the list of nominations in each category.

Finalists: From the voting phase two finalists will be selected from each award category. Each finalist will be featured on the CONNECT2STEM website.

Winners announced and celebration: In May a thirty-second congratulations commercial and digital media campaign will air thanking our sponsors and honoring the winners. Each winner will have a thirty-second video and their story on the CONNECT2STEM website.

* Review Committee is comprised of AzCASE, Cox Business, Cox Media, Cox Community Relations, AZ SciTech, Sponsors & Rodel Foundation

Award Categories

After School Excellence Award – A Cox Communications & AZ Center for Afterschool Excellence Award. Recognizing after school programs that are uniquely positioned to support STEM learning through hands on, project-based activities that expand on and enhance concepts from the school day.

Innovation Award for Business – A Cox Business & Sponsor Supported Award. Recognizes the innovative way businesses educate and inspire tomorrow’s Arizona STEM workforce.

Creative Media Award – A Cox Media & Sponsor Supported Award. Recognizes the creative use of multi-media video and technology platforms that provides real stories and successes from the classroom, the research lab, the garage and the boardroom, to students, families, educators and businesses across Arizona.

Student Teckie Award – Sponsor Supported Award. Recognizes a student’s outstanding achievement in the pursuit of STEM education through leadership and advocacy.

Teacher Teckie Award – Sponsor Supported Award. Recognizing innovative STEM teaching techniques in the classroom as well as through leadership and advocacy, making a system-wide impact on STEM in the community.

STEMology Community Event Award – AZ SciTech & Sponsor Supported Award. This people’s choice award recognizes an outstanding 2015 AZ SciTech Festival even (The STEMology category will have a write-in ballot to receive votes throughout the nomination, voting, and AZ SciTech Festival timeframe).

Review Committee

Cox Business, Cox Media, Cox Community Relations, AZ SciTech, Rodel, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, and sponsors. The committee will determine two finalists in each category (excluding STEMology Community Event). The finalist summaries will be featured on the Connect2STEM website for voting purposes. The STEMology category will have a write-in ballot to receive votes throughout the nomination, voting, AZ SciTech timeframe.

Learn more about the CONNECT2STEM Awards