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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Project Tomorrow | Innovation in Education

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2016

Amber Taylor

Orange County School, Teacher and Student Win Innovation in Education Awards

Annual Awards Recognize New Approaches to Preparing Students for 21st Century Lives and Careers

Irvine, Calif. – Tustin Ranch Elementary School, a teacher from Sunny Hills High School and a 12th grader from Tesoro High School received the 2016 Innovation in Education Awards from Project Tomorrow and the OC Tech Alliance last night. The awards are given to schools, educators and high school students who are charting new paths in education.

Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading nonprofit group focused on science, math and technology education, and the OC Tech Alliance have been recognizing outstanding education programs, educators and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology with this award since 2006. 

The 2016 award winners are:

Innovative School-Wide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – distinguishing a public, private, or parochial school that demonstrates innovation with an outstanding, results-based school-wide program. Award winner will receive $1,000.

  • Tustin Ranch Elementary School, Tustin Unified School District, Tracy Barquer, Principal for Rocky's Creativity Den

High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in his/her use of science, math or technology to significantly impact student academic achievement. Award winner will receive $1,000.

  • Scott Rosenkranz, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – recognizing high school students who are creatively using science, math and technology resources to solve a school or community problem. Award winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

  • Shalin Shah, 12th grade, Tesoro High School, Capistrano Unified School District

The 2016 Innovation in Education Award recipients were announced at the 23rd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The annual education-focused segment is a partnership between Project Tomorrow, sponsors Microsemi and the Orange County Department of Education, and the OC Tech Alliance.

More about the Awards, including past recipients, can be found online:

Nominations for the 2016 Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards could be self-submitted or submitted by a district and/or school staff person. Organizations such as a PTA unit, parent advisory committee, or any youth based organization were also eligible to nominate. An independent review panel of local education and business leaders selected the award recipients. The annual Innovation in Education Awards are open to all public and private schools in Orange County.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow (, a national education nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, supports the innovative uses of research-based science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in K-12 students. Project Tomorrow addresses the challenges of developing schools for the 21st century through national research projects, community and school-based programs, online tools and resources, and advocacy efforts to ensure that all students are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.

About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of technology companies of all sizes, from small privately held enterprises to large publicly traded entities, based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about OC Tech Alliance visit or email Follow alliance activities on Twitter at