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

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.”

In 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 such as NII’s Mission to Mars competition for rural high school students, 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 said that, “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.”

“We have to 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,” added Craig.  “Primarily however, we want to thank the teachers who have been striving every day through tremendous challenges to educate the next generation of community leaders.”

“To all the teachers, librarians, community groups and parents we have connected with in 2021 and who allowed 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,” said Craig.

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.

About the Nuclear Innovation Institute: The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform to accelerate innovation and the implementation of business relevant solutions for the nuclear industry. NII’s goal is to shape a Canadian nuclear industry that embraces new thinking, new technologies and new lines of business that can drive the global shift to a low-carbon future.

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