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NII’s Phillip Craig wins Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence

Award recognizes exceptional commitment to student learning

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is pleased to share that Phillip Craig, Director of the NII Explore program, has been recognized by the Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of this year’s RBC Golden Apple Award.

Part of the Chamber’s 2021 Community Achievement Awards, the Golden Apple Award “recognizes high standards of professionalism, leadership and innovation in education by a local educator.”

And in his work developing and leading the NII Explore program, Craig puts those skills to work every day, delivering engaging STEM education to all ages—from innovative new offerings like NII's Mission to Mars competition for rural high school students, to a summer full of science experiments at locations around the region, to ongoing support for teachers in the area with NII's Coding in the Classroom and Science in the Classroom programs.

At the virtual ceremony on Sunday night, Chamber of Commerce President Manny Page stated: “Phillip’s commitment and enthusiasm shone through in each course, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the students or their parents who submitted strong feedback in the nominations and heaps of gratitude.”

“Thank you to the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce for this award,” said Craig.

“NII Explore's vision has always been meeting kids where their minds are, and this wouldn’t be possible without the support of NII’s Founding Members—their commitment to STEM in this region helps us demonstrate that science can be fun, entertaining, and engaging.”

He added: “We must thank our sponsors Bruce Power, NWMO and the NII Members for their financial support, as well as the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board for allowing us into their schools. But primarily we want to thank the teachers who have been striving every day through tremendous challenges to educate the next generation of community leaders.”

“And to all the teachers, librarians, community groups and parents we have connected with in 2021—allowing us into your classrooms, library branches, events, and virtually into your homes—we can't wait to show you what we have in store for 2022.”

NII Explore is a program dedicated to delivering enhanced educational opportunities for school-aged children to learn, experiment, discover and create. NII Explore’s educational programming offers a range of learning styles that connects students to the best teaching and knowledge available.

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