Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching

Anton Banko Award




Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

Columbus Elementary School



Excellence  in K-6 Science Teaching

As a STANYS Award the Nomination Form should be submitted and approved before an Application is submitted. 


This Award honors Anton Banko (1927-1986), an engineer who developed the first automated instruments and procedures used for intraoccular microsurgery. In 1968, he founded Surgical Design Corporation ( a company dedicated to innovation in the design of ophthalmic instruments. The technologies and procedures he pioneered are still used by surgeons today.

Anton Banko Award:
The Anton Banko Award recognizes an educator who teaches grades K-6 who is an outstanding teacher of science. The award covers expenses (up to $1500) to attend the STANYS annual conference and provides a $1500 stipend to be used at the teacher's discretion. The award will be presented at the STANYS conference in November.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Member of STANYS (membership forms are available at
  2. Currently teach Kindergarten through 6th grade.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage young children in the study of basic science.


Application Form and Award Information  (basic information and criteria for judging)

Application deadline June 30th



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