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

2018 Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards

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

Purchase tickets for Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards

The Air Zoo in Portage, MI is pleased to announce the fifth annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards Gala & Dinner which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018. 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 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!

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

Event Date & Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Event Location: The Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Tickets will go on sale in February 2018. Contact Nate Melvin via email at, or via telephone at 269.350.2812.

Award Descriptions - Nominate a student or Educator for a 2018 Award! Click HERE to download an application. Self-nominations are encouraged.

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 science while 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! To learn about available levels of support, download a sponsorship form by clicking HERE. For questions, contact Nate Melvin, Air Zoo Director of Development, via email or at 269.350.2812. You or your company 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 generous sponsors:

A Special Thanks to our 2017 Event and Award Sponsors:

Western Michigan University * At Your Service Valet * Jon & Susan Bowers * Burnham & Flower Insurance Group * CTS Telecom, Inc. * DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. * Eric & Kelly Dougal * Eaton Corporation * Esper Electric * First National Bank of Michigan * Gull Lake Marine * Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport * Kalamazoo RESA * KSS Enterprises * Lawton Ridge Winery * Millennium Restaurant Group * Miller Canfield * MindWare, Inc. * Jack & Nancy Overcashier * Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild * Pete & Barbara Parish * Pleune Service Company * RAI Jets * Raymond James * Schupan & Sons, Inc. * The Tyler-Little Family Foundation * VanderSalm's Flowershop & Garden Center * WowToyz, Inc. * WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 * Zoetis * Anonymous

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