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Cortland Teacher Named in Society for Science’s STEM Research Grants Program


Charles Canestaro, Cortland High School Physics Teacher. Image Courtesy of Society for Science.

Society for Science has recently announced their recipients of awards through its STEM Research Grant program to 52 teachers. The awardees are those who look to further “hands-on” science education in middle and high school classrooms.


This year’s grants came in two forms. The first is research kits assembled and distributed to teachers by Society for Science and the second is funds paid directly to teachers intended for STEM-related equipment such as supplies or software to be used in research projects. These funds will vary from $1,000 to $5,000 dollars based on the teacher requested for their classroom.

Cortland High School teacher, Charles Canestaro, was named as one of the 52 teachers awarded in this year’s grant. Canestaro teaches physics at the high school for over 10 years. He also began the Cortland chapter of the NYS Science Honor Society and advises the Science Olympiad Team.

“Every year, we look forward to celebrating educators from around the country who are building the capacity of their STEM classrooms,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science and Executive Publisher of Science News. “This program is building inclusive classrooms that make robust hands-on education and careers in science and engineering possible for all students.”

Of the 52 awardees, 36 teachers are receiving kits valued at $1,000 per kit and 16 are receiving funds of up to $5,000 for classroom equipment to help their students follow lines of questioning that align with their genuine scientific curiosities.

Further information on the Society for Science may be found HERE.

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