Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021 Now Open for Nominations

Awards program from Catapult X, NSTA, and MCH Strategic Data is judged by STEM educators and highlights innovative STEM products for K-12 schools and higher education 

BEAVERTON, Ore. (September 7, 2021) – Catapult X is now accepting submissions for the Educators Pick Best of STEMTM 2021, the only awards program judged by STEM educators, for STEM educators. The awards program, operated in partnership with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and MCH Strategic Data, spotlights innovative products, technologies, and services that are changing the world of STEM education. 

All applications are due by September 23, 2021 at Early-bird applications, which are due by September15, 2021, receive a $100 discount.

“The best judges of STEM products are STEM educators. They know exactly what works and what doesn’t work in a classroom. And, that’s why we created the Educators Pick Best of STEM,” said Daylene Long, founder of Catapult X. 

Led by Annie Teich, President of The Teich Group, this year’s judges include Jerry Valadez, advocate for underserved youth and CEO of the Community Science Workshop Network; Deena Pierott, Founder of iUrban Teen and Black Women in STEM 2.0; Judy Day, retired Associate Director from the Office of Undergraduate Research at NC State University; Rachel Aazerah, a science and math educator experienced in NGSS and CCSS-Math Assessment; and Djimo Serrodio, environmental technologist working on edtech and agriculture.

To enter, applicants must submit a description of the product, service, or technology; the grade levels it serves (PreK-college/university level); the product website; and the company name. 

Entries are $595 with discounts for multiple entries.

The 2021 categories are:

•Best Freebies for STEM

•Best Resource for Analyzing and Interpreting Data

•Breakthrough Technology for STEM

•Hybrid Learning Superhero

•Inspiring Computational Thinking

•Social Impact Product Award

•STEAM Excellence

•STEM Innovation

•Tried and True STEM Resource

•Extended Reality: AR/VR in the Classroom

•Space and Earth Science

•Phenomena-based Teaching and Learning Resources

•Bridging the Gap: Best Math Intervention Programs

•Best Government and Non-profit Resources

Winners are selected based on reviews by the educator judges, as well as by a popular vote offered to more than 250,000 educators within NSTA’s and MCH Strategic Data’s educator lists.  Winners will be announced October 14, 2021 and will be featured on the Best of STEM and Catapult X’s websites, as well as NSTA’s website. The January 2022 issues of Science and Children, Science Scope, and The Science Teacher will also advertise the winners. In addition, winners will receive an exclusive badge to showcase their achievement in their digital and print media. 

For more information about the awards program, visit

The Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021 is also currently accepting applications for judges. STEM educators who are interested in judging the 2021 awards should contact Annie Galvin Teich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before September 23, 2021.

About Catapult X

Founded by Daylene Long, Catapult X is a market and product development company that consults exclusively with science and STEM/STEAM education industry partners—organizations, businesses, and associations—to catapult their brand and products forward by using data-driven insights.

Long catapults brand, product, and sales growth through alignment of data and strategy, using progressive research techniques and customer discovery. Long publishes national surveys on STEM education and STEM marketing infographics to guide edtech marketers across the globe. Long is an affiliate member of the Council of State Science Supervisors, a member of NSELA, and a seventeen-year member of NSTA. Long connects her clients to administrators, educators, distributors, and media to build strong global partnerships. 

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