EAHS named National Grand Prize Winner in Shell Science Lab Challenge

East Ascension High teachers Jaimie McQuarn and Daniel Lambert pictured with new lab equipment from Shell and the National Science Teachers Association.

Gonzales, LA. —  East Ascension High School teachers Jaimie McQuarn and Daniel Lambert were recently named as the national Grand Prize winners at the high school level of the Shell Science Lab Challenge, sponsored by Shell and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). They won $10,000 in new lab equipment and an additional $5,000 of support to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-14, 2019. Additionally they and Principal Traci McCorkle will be honored at the Shell reception and Teachers Awards Gala, taking place during the conference.

“Congratulations to Jaimie, Daniel and East Ascension High School on this notable achievement,” said Rhoman Hardy, Shell Gulf Coast Vice President and General Manager of Shell Geismar. “We at Shell are delighted to be able to sponsor the Lab Challenge and support STEM education in this very direct way.”

Proposals for lab enhancement were presented by K-12 science teachers in school districts near Shell facilities. The competition encouraged teachers, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package. After winning on the regional level, the teachers submitted a videooutlining how the new equipment was used to help enhance learning for a freshman environmental science class.

“It is an honor to be recognized on a national level by NSTA and Shell. We are working hard to create an environment of inquiry and innovation in our science department at EA,” said Jaimie McQuarn.

McQuarn and Daniel Lambert entered the NSTA Shell Regional Challenge in April of 2018 and were required to submit a video showing our current lab facilities. They won the Geismar Region and went to the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia over the summer. They used the $10,000 reward to purchase new digital microscopes, coding calculators and inquiry kits for lab implementation. 

“We are grateful and fortunate to be picked as the Shell Regional Lab Challenge winners. Thank you for the opportunity for our students and department to continue to use phenomena based learning to challenge ourselves to new standards,” said Daniel Lambert.

To enter the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, K-12 science teachers located in selected school districts near Shell assets were asked to describe their school’s current laboratory resources, explain why laboratory upgrade support is needed, and describe their approach to science education instruction utilizing their school’s current lab facilities. Once regional winners were selected, winners were encouraged to submit a follow up explaining how the reward money enriched student learning. A panel of science educators then reviewed and selected the top entries.

About Shell Oil Company
Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.