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First Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Coach of the Month Winner Announced

Wednesday, December 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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East High School educator has championed robotics competitions over 14 years


Denver, Colo. (December 15, 2015) – The Denver Broncos and the Colorado Technology Association’s (CTA) foundation have selected the first winner of the Tackle STEM Coach of the Month, a prestigious honor presented each month of the football season to a high-performing Colorado STEM educator.


Joel Noble, an engineering and woods teacher at East High School, was awarded as the December winner for working tirelessly over the past 14 years to give students access to the latest technologies through hands-on projects in engineering, woodworking, drafting, electronics and robotics courses. He has coached hundreds of students in robotics competitions and mentored others in the Denver metro to get robotics programs up and running.


“STEM educators like Joel are on the front lines of developing the creative and innovative problem-solving skills students will take into their STEM careers,” said Wendy Nkomo, Executive Director of the Colorado Technology Association. “Joel’s experiential activities and drive to mentor others go above and beyond the call of duty and we’re thrilled to honor him as the first winner of the Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Coach of the Month.”


The 17 pk-12 Colorado STEMworks programs across the state—an initiative designed to promote and expand impactful, scalable and sustainable STEM programs in Colorado—were eligible to submit one educator per season for the new award, which is the latest component of the Denver Broncos Tackle STEM initiative, supported by Arrow Electronics. January and February 2016 winners will be selected and announced to wrap up this season.


The Denver Broncos Tackle STEM Coach of the Month celebrates dedicated educators across Colorado who are equipping students with twenty-first century STEM, and leading the next generation to success in fields and skills that are crucial to a healthy workforce.


“We are excited about the opportunity to use our Broncos brand and assets not only to motivate students with activity based learning, but also to recognize an outstanding group of educators, each of whom are finding ways to champion STEM on a daily basis,” states Brady Kellogg, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for Denver Broncos.


“In partnership with Arrow Electronics, we salute Joel as our inaugural winner and look forward to future recognitions,” Kellogg continues. “Joel’s long standing and unwavering commitment to his students made him a natural first choice and we look forward to hosting him and his robotics students for a special afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.”


All winners are awarded a prize package that includes:


·        STEM-focused tour of Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the educator and up to 50 students, including a transportation stipend and an opportunity to host a class session at the stadium

·        Denver Broncos Tackle STEM jersey to proudly display in their classroom as everyday recognition for their efforts in championing STEM in Colorado


About Colorado Technology Foundation
Since 1994, the Colorado Technology Association has supported education and workforce initiatives, and 2014 marked the launch of our 501(c)(3) Foundation, bringing this support full circle. The Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF) leads the network of companies to influence the development of a robust talent pipeline. CTF bridges companies to education, technology and workforce programs that best align to employers’ job-driven needs and community engagement priorities to drive impactful employer engagement; and leads and participates in strategic partnerships and initiatives that bring systemic improvements to STEM education and workforce to scale tech talent development statewide.


About Colorado STEMworks

STEMworks is Colorado’s source for high-quality STEM education programs. Each program in STEMworks has been independently vetted and cleared a very high bar for quality. Business leaders, funders and STEM advocates from across the nation use STEMworks to find proven and highly scalable STEM education programs to help them maximize their impact on STEM education.

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