Picture of Ben Shuman from 2016 with NHS Robotics Team

Ben Shuman, Niceville High School, Named Woodie Flowers Award Finalist

Ben Shuman, Niceville High School, was named a Woodie Flowers Award Finalist at the 2017 Rocket City FIRST® Regional robotics competition recently.  This coveted award is a student nominated teacher award. 

The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.  The award recognizes mentors who are strong leaders, and who inspire and empower using excellent communication skills to help their student team members understand the challenges, the opportunities, and the satisfactions involved in the discipline of engineering and design.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, recognizes one mentor from each regional and district championship, with the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. At the FIRST® championship in April, one mentor will be selected from this year’s finalists and will be presented with a 2017 Championship Woody Flowers Award.

Shuman’s students had this to say about him in his nomination, “This eleven year mentor uses creative ways to inspire his team. He inspires his team to help at FLL FRC Events saying, ‘If you ever need help, you can ask any of the people in purple shirts.’  He communicates radiating energy, inspiring his team towards success.”

Watch the award announcement at the regional competition below!