In October, Evans traveled from McDowell County to the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (YSC) finals at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located near Washington, where he competed for the title. Presented with multiple rounds of space-themed challenges, students and teachers from around the country were evaluated by a panel of judges on their science skills and their ability to share scientific knowledge with others, both in-person and on-camera.
Steve Paine, West Virginia superintendent of schools, said it is vital to prepare students for their future. “Teachers like Ed Evans are making a difference in students’ lives,” Paine said. “He is innovative and creative and expects his students to achieve at high levels. He is a wonderful role model for all West Virginia teachers.”
As part of his award, Evans won a $5,000 cash prize and the Discovery Education video-based learning products for his classroom, as well as numerous products from 3M to be used throughout the school year at Mount View High School.
“Each day teachers like Ed Evans influence and inspire students to learn,” said Board President Delores Cook. “It is apparent that Mr. Evans has brought 21st Century Learning into the classroom and is excited about teaching and learning.”