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Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards & Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame

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Join us at the Gala Event of the Season Honoring our Region's Best and Brightest Educators, Students, and Aerospace Innovators!

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The Air Zoo in Portage, MI, and presenting sponsor Western Michigan University, are pleased to announce the fourth-annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards Gala & Dinner, which will take place on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. This festive and interactive evening is focused on recognizing southwest Michigan high school students and K-12 level educators who have innovated and excelled within the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) and on honoring the newest enshrinees of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Each spring, the Air Zoo presents the Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards at a highly-publicized and interactive gala that draws notable Michigan luminaries from all areas of industry, education, government, and the arts.

The Awards Gala includes the opportunity to win amazing silent auction items, including Disney vacation passes, biplane flights, valuable original artwork, event tickets & passes, flights in vintage WWII aircraft, golf packages, and much, much more!

We want YOU to be a part of this amazing event!

Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: The Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
For info, contact Nate Melvin via email at HallofFame@airzoo.org, or via telephone at 269.350.2812.
Tickets will be on sale soon, please check back.



Attention K-12 Teachers and High School Students! Apply for an award today!

If you have accomplished amazing things in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics, we want to hear about it! Apply for one of the many financial awards listed below. Applications are due by March 24th, 2017, don't miss out! Download an application by clicking the button below.



Click HERE to download Award Application


Award Descriptions

Air Zoo Science Student working with DNA

Student Excellence Award - $500 Financial Award

- The Student Excellence Award honors high school students who excel in the studies of sciencewhile also seeking to expand their knowledge and leadership skills outside of the classroom.

Student Art & Science Award - $500 Financial Award

- The Student Art & Science Award recognizes a high school student who exemplifies the special harmony between arts and sciences.

Educator Excellence Award - $750 Financial Award

- The Educator Excellence Award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of STEAM subjects, the fostering of deep and meaningful student learning, and generation of exceptional student achievement.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Show your support for our region's best and brightest Educators, Students, and Innovators! Contact Nate Melvin, Air Zoo Director of Development, via email or at 269.350.2812 to see how you or your organization can play a major role in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Education in our area!


The Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame would like to thank our presenting sponsor:


Western Michigan University
Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program