Each year, Carnegie Science Center’s Carnegie Science Awards recognizes and celebrates innovative and inspiring leaders in western Pennsylvania who are on the cutting edge of the science and technology industries. At a private reception at the Science Center on March 12, 2019, officials announced that Community College of Beaver County High School Academies will receive a Carnegie Science Award in the Leadership in STEM Education category. 

Winners of Carnegie Science Awards, presented by Eaton, were selected by a committee of peers—past awardees and industry leaders—who rigorously reviewed nominations and selected the most deserving winners. This year, the program will honor awardees in categories ranging from Corporate Innovation, Start-Up Entrepreneur, Environmental, Science Communicator, and several educator and student categories. In addition, a Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual or an organization that has made outstanding contributions in science, either through exemplary work in one field or through transcendent leadership, commitment, or achievement.

“The Carnegie Science Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the remarkably talented individuals and organizations in our region’s science community,” said Jason Brown, Henry Buhl, Jr., Interim Director of Carnegie Science Center. “These innovators have had immeasurable impact on Pittsburgh’s healthcare, manufacturing, energy, environmental, and education industries. Their achievements, dedication, and perseverance are truly inspiring.”

The High School Academies at the Community College of Beaver County is a nationally-recognized dual enrollment program that places high school students on guided pathways to high-demand STEM career fields. First launched in 2015, the program educates students from 57 school districts in Western Pennsylvania in four areas of study: Aviation, Health, STEM, and Criminal Justice. High school juniors and seniors in the program receive hands-on instruction from college faculty in labs and classroom environments while acquiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through partnerships with more than 600 four-year college programs, many academy graduates go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years or less. 

“Our High School Academy team is devoted to providing educational pathways into STEM and other high demand careers for all students and is beyond proud to be the recipient of the Carnegie Science Center’s Leadership in STEM Education Award,” said Joyce E. Cirelli, Dean of High School Academies and Dual Enrollment. “At CCBC, we strive to break down access barriers and meet high school students where they are academically. Recognition via this prestigious award will help raise awareness of our academy programs and create pathways for students throughout our region turning their dreams into reality.”

In addition to the winners and honorable mentions announced on March 12, three student winners will be selected at Carnegie Science Center’s 80th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair later this month.

The Carnegie Science Awards Celebration on May 10 will feature a strolling dinner, silent auction, and awards presentation full of inspiring stories about the region’s top minds in science, technology, research, and education. As Carnegie Science Center’s signature celebration of innovation and annual fundraiser, the event attracts 500 business, medical, academic, and community influencers from across the region, and raises funds to support education programs that nurture the next generation of science and technology leaders. For more information about the awards celebration, go to


About Carnegie Science Center 
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

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Carnegie Science Center welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. We welcome visitors in wheelchairs on the deck of our USS Requin (SS 481) submarine. Below-deck visits require full mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available for The Rangos Giant Cinema. Please ask when you buy your ticket.

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About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh 
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2017, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.