Best of STEM

Back again for 2023, the categories below were educator favorites last year.

  • Best of STEM for Biology—
    High School
  • Best of STEM for Biology—
    Middle School
  • Best of STEM for Life Sciences—
    Pre-K to 6
  • Best of STEM for Biology—
    Higher Education
  • Best of STEM for Chemistry—
    High School
  • Best of STEM for Chemistry—
    Higher Education
  • Best of STEM for Environmental Science
  • Best of STEM for Engineering Education
  • Best of STEM for Physics
  • Best of STEM for Space Science
  • Best Integration of the Arts (STEAM)
  • Best Customer Support for Teaching & Learning
  • Best Freebies for STEM
  • Best Innovation of 2021
  • Best Project-Based Learning Materials
  • Best Resources for Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Best STEM Newbie
  • Best Video-Based Learning
  • Best Robotics for Teaching & Learning

Bridging the Gap

Expanded for 2023, the Bridging the Gap series acknowledges products and services for educators to help accelerate student learning.

  • Bridging the Gap: Adaptive Technology
  • Bridging the Gap: After-School Learning
  • Bridging the Gap: English Language Learners
  • Bridging the Gap: Math Intervention Resources
  • Bridging the Gap: Professional Development
  • Bridging the Gap: Summer Programs
  • Bridging the Gap: Tutoring Programs for STEM
  • Bridging the Gap: Webinar Series Exemplar


Expanded for 2023, the Trailblazer series recognizes STEM providers who provide products and services that push the boundaries of technology for teaching and learning.

  • Trailblazer: Biotechnology Innovator
  • Trailblazer: Early Learning (Pre-K-6)
  • Trailblazer: Hybrid Learning Superhero
  • Trailblazer: Immersive Reality (AR/VR)
  • Trailblazer: Inspiring Computational Thinking
  • Trailblazer: Phenomena-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Trailblazer: Simulations for STEM
  • Trailblazer: Virtual Labs Luminary

Social Impact Award

Expanded in 2023, the Social Impact award acknowledges products and services that demonstrate a positive impact for teachers, students, and society.

  • Social Impact Award: Collaboration
  • Social Impact Award: Developing Citizen Scientists
  • Social Impact Award: Evidence & Climate Change
  • Social Impact Award: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning
  • Social Impact Award: Promoting Diversity & Equity Inclusion

Career & Technical Education

Expanded for 2023, these awards acknowledge products and services that prepare students for college and careers in STEM fields.

  • CTE Champions: Coding & Computer Science
  • CTE Champions: Cybersecurity
  • CTE Champions: Engineering
  • CTE Champions: Health Science
  • CTE Champions: Immersive Reality


Applications for the 2022 Educators Pick Best of STEM Awards are now closed. Winners will be announced during NSTA in Chicago on July 21, 2022.If you would like updates for the 2023 award, please subscribe below.