Ohio Senators Commend CJ Science Teacher

State Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) announced that Amanda Ooten, an AP Biology teacher at Chaminade Julienne, won for her school $1,000 and a microscope through the “Make My LabWoRx” contest. Her winning video and lesson plan demonstrate how nerves transmit signals through the body.

Make My LabWoRx is the latest initiative from Science WoRx, a mentoring and online resource network for science teachers sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. The 2013 Make My LabWoRx contest kicked off with seven qualifying rounds across the U.S.

The winners of the qualifying rounds, including Chaminade Julienne, have advanced to the final round of the competition on Facebook. In the final round, the teacher whose entry earns the most votes will win his or her school a grand prize of a gift certificate worth $5,000 for additional lab equipment.

“It is critically important that American students can compete with their global peers in the STEM disciplines. We are proud of the work being done by the science teachers across the region and wish Amanda Ooten success at the national level,” said Lehner.

“It is crucial that we support and encourage innovative teachers like Mrs. Ooten who make science come alive,” said Beagle. “Successful science students today make the engineers, chemists and technicians our economy needs for the jobs of tomorrow.”

“At Astellas, we all recall that moment when we knew that we wanted to dedicate our lives to scientific pursuits,” said Masao Yoshida, President and CEO of Astellas Pharma, Inc. “It brings us great pleasure to witness these remarkable teachers creating those moments for their students. We congratulate Mrs. Ooten and the winners of all of the Make My LabWoRx qualifying rounds, and wish them the best of luck in the final round of the competition.”