Vaughan Teacher Wins National Science Award

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recently announced the winners of the 2019 NSTA Teacher Awards program, which honors K–12 teachers, principals, professors and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.

Vaughan Elementary School teacher Christy Garvin was named one of the top science educators, receiving the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Engineering Education Award. She was one of the only two Georgia teachers to win a 2019 NSTA award.

A 26-year veteran teacher in Cobb, Garvin has been leading the Target program at Vaughan for 21 of those years. In her classes, students engage in exciting instructional opportunities such as a wing design project in which students choose a type of airplane and use research and mathematical computation to design a new wing.  They draw scale drawings of the wing, use NASA’s Open VSP program to create a 3-D model, print the wings on a 3-D printer, and send them to a wind tunnel for testing. Ms. Garvin notes, “I’m very passionate about making an impact on the lives of my students and helping them learn to dream, set goals, recognize their potential, love learning, and ultimately make a difference in this world.”

Garvin’s award recognizes excellence in the field of engineering education. The national award consists of $5000 for classroom materials and equipment, a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Ms. Garvin plans to purchase several laptop computers with CAD software and other research and development tools, as well as more durable and realistic STEM supplies for students to use when constructing their designs.

“I’m always looking for challenging scientific and engineering problems to introduce to my students, and it meant a great deal to me to have Northrop Grumman and the NSTA validate the work I am doing in the classroom.” Congratulations Ms. Garvin!

Christian Cali, Supervisor

Contributing Author: Tracy Matthews

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