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Local teacher nominated for STEM award

A local teacher is up for an award that recognizes women who have shown to impact their students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Sara Roberts, a science teacher and robotics team sponsor at Triton Central Middle School, was one of the nominees in the Outstanding Educator in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math category for a Leading Lights award. The award recognizes women in STEM for their achievements in their industry.

Ten other nominees were announced in that category, including a clinical professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University and a professor of biomedical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

There are eight other categories for the awards including outstanding achievement, one called “You Inspire Us!” and another called “Mentor Me!”

Nominees in Roberts’ category are required to be an educator at a school at any level from elementary through college and have a primary academy focus in STEM.

The winners for each category will be announced Oct. 4 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis during an awards ceremony. More than 700 people are expected to celebrate women involved in STEM throughout the state.

This year has a record number of nominees, according to Women & Hi Tech, the organization that produces the awards. A total of 119 women were nominated in their respective categories.

Thank you to the Shelbyville News for use of this article.

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