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CAST YOUR VOTE: Dancing robots propel Riverbend teacher into finals for STEM award

Cast your vote for the inaugural STEMies award.

Riverbend High School teacher Cathy Medina is in the running to win up to a $15,000 grant for her Spotsylvania school through the McGraw-Hill STEM Innovative Educator Award. Voting runs from today through noon on Sept. 19.

McGraw-Hill will award prizes totaling $25,000 including the $15,000 Grand Prize, a $5,000 1st place prize, and a $2,500 2nd place prize.  Honorable Mention prizes  of $500 each will be added at the end of the competition, the company says.

Videos for each finalist are currently online so that people can select their favorite and cast their vote.

Medina’s video is labeled “Robots Dance Competition” and is listed under Fredericksburg, Va.

A panel of educators winnowed the contestants to 30, including Medina.

Voters are to evaluate the videos based on which they feel “demonstrates outstanding performance in science, technology, engineering, and math teaching.”

Exercise your right to vote and pass along the information.