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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!

SIHOF Awards at the Air ZooThe Air Zoo in Portage, MI is pleased to announce the sixth annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards Gala & Dinner which will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. 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 2019 class of Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees. 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.

See bottom of page for sponsorship info, educator and student award descriptions, and a list of the 2018 Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees.

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

Event Date & Time: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: The Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Join us in the celebration!

For questions or to purchase tickets, contact Nate Melvin via email, or telephone at 269.350.2812.

Know an exemplary high school student or K-12 educator who is pushing the boundaries of STEAM education? Nominations for the 2019 Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards are now being accepted! Download an application HERE or, to learn more, contact Nate Melvin, Air Zoo Director of Engagement, via HallofFame@AirZoo.org or at 269.350.2812.


Award Descriptions:

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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 Available!

Show your support for our region's best and brightest Educators, Students, and Innovators! Download a sponsorship application HERE or, to learn more, contact Nate Melvin, Air Zoo Director of Engagement, 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!


A Special Thanks to our 2018 Event and Award Sponsors:
Agio Imaging * Aon * Jon & Susan Bowers * Burnham & Flower Insurance Group * Dave & Kathy Campbell * Cliff Mulder Retirement and Investment Planning of Raymond James * CTS Telecom, Inc. * DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. * Eaton * Esper Electric * First National Bank of Michigan * Derek & Molly Geerlings (Chase Bank) * Gull Lake Marine * The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport * The Kalamazoo Community Foundation * KSS Enterprises * Millennium Restaurant Group * Miller Canfield * Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial * Pete & Barbara Parish * RAI Jets * Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc * Schupan & Sons, Inc. * ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo * State Farm - The Rossi Agency * The Tyler Little Family Foundation * Donna Ward * Dar Wellington * VanderSlam's Flowershop & Garden Center * Western Michigan University * WowToyz, Inc. * WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 * Zoetis

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