The AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award was inspired from President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate Initiative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement. The campaign called upon not only the Federal Government, but also leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies.
As the consistent, authoritative voice and advocate for medical and biological engineering’s value to society, AIMBE is in a unique position to recognize significant contributions toward STEM education.
For contributing to the advancement of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, diversifying the biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering workforce, and providing URM students with early exposure to the profession.
For dedication to mentoring and the development of women bioengineers and underrepresented minorities.
For outstanding efforts in elevating public awareness in biomedical engineering, for advocacy of a diverse STEM workforce, and for inspirational inventiveness.
For passionate and relentless efforts in promoting STEM among underrepresented minority students, and for work to improve the lives of all through biomedical engineering.
For leadership of the incredibly impactful and widely-recognized FIRST robotics competition, which has included biomedical engineering challenges in its year-to-year competitions. This collaboration has served to make role models of engineers for hundreds of thousands of U.S. children of all ages, as they compete with their robotic designs and learn about biomedical and other STEM research and teamwork in the process.
Medtronic has been named the first recipient of the Institute’s Excellence in STEM Education Award for their work promoting STEM education in the United States. The Medtronic Foundation channels their efforts through both strategic partnerships with national organizations such as Teach for America, Science Buddies, Change the Equation, 50CAN, and FIRST Robotics; innovative grant programs including Science Matters Magazine, a free family science guide for parents, caregivers and teachers designed as a complement to science exploration; and STEM education, education reform, and community grants all designed to maximize their impact.