Wheelock Instructor Awarded Prestigious Science Award

October 31, 2006

Karen Worth, instructor in the School of Education and Child Life at Wheelock College, has been awarded the Le Prix puRkwa in Paris.

An international prize for the scientific literacy of the children of the planet is designed to encourage the best innovative practices in general science education in school curriculum for children less then 16 years of age. The prize is awarded to pioneers in innovation in science education. It was launched in June 2004 by the French Academy of Sciences in Paris,

Worth traveled to Paris in October to take part in a host of events and the award ceremony.

This award was created by the Foundation of l”Ecole superieure des mines de St-Etienne, and initiated by the Director, Robert Germinet. The jury to select the recipients, presided over by Dr. Georges Charpak, is made of members of the scientific community worldwide. The awards last year went to Dr. Michael Klentchy, superintendent of El Centro Unified School District, CA and Dr. Mauricio Duque, professor of Engineering at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Columbia.

Dr. Yu Wei, Director of The Research Center of Learning Sciences at the Southeast University of China was also awarded the 2006 puRkwa.

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