Introducing the Science Educators’ Best of Show Awards

Now there’s a program that recognizes and celebrates the breakthrough products and services that have the potential to transform science and STEM teaching and learning—as chosen by science educators.

  • Receive a stamp of approval for your products and services from the professionals who matter, science educators.
  • Distinguish your new and notable products and services from the hundreds of products at NSTA.
  • Boost your booth traffic. Educators will be encouraged to vote via the NSTA web app.
  • Broaden your marketing reach by integrating the contest with your social media, and public relations campaigns.
  • Complete the simple entry form that includes your product name, booth number, and a brief description. No shipping of products or setting up guest user accounts for judges.
    It’s easy to participate.

Any organization that has spectacular product(s) and/or services to display on the NSTA National Conference exhibit floor.

Outstanding Vendor, Attendees’ Choice This category recognizes science and STEM organizations who go above and beyond to deliver remarkable customer service. The winner will be determined by popular vote of NSTA National Conference attendees, available for voting on the NSTA app. Four finalists will also be recognized. 


  • Best New Technology Innovation for Science Education
    (product must have begun shipping on or after 1/1/2019 to be eligible)

  • Best New Technology Innovation for STEM Education (product must have begun shipping on or after 1/1/2019 to be eligible)

Apps & software

Coding & robotics

Games for learning

Hardware (microscopes, sensors, lab technology, makerspace equipment etc.)

Simulations & video-based interactives


Lab Equipment & Supplies

Biology/life sciences


Computer Science

Pre-K-Elementary science


Environmental/Earth science


Physical science

Middle school science

Space science

STEM education


Science and the arts
Educational travel, field trips and after-school programs


Educator Experience

Best exhibitor workshops

Best free digital resources

Best free classroom giveaways

Best free product training
Best booth design & experience


  • Award applications open at on December 2, 2019.
  • Judging takes place at the NSTA National Conference from April 2-5, 2020.

A panel of “secret shopper” educators, selected in advance by Catapult X, will review nominations and choose the winners. Two secret-shopper judges will review each vendor submission. They will visit booths during the NSTA National Conference to learn more about the nominated products and services and to score their findings.

All educators will have the opportunity to vote via the NSTA conference app. In the case of a secret-shopper judge tie, the educator vote will break the tie. 

$395 per entry

Early bird discount ends 2/14/20: Save $75 for Products/Services

Special Category: Outstanding Vendor, Educators’ Choice
Early bird discount ends 2/14/20: Save $200 for Outstanding Vendor Category


Application payments must be received no later than March 27, 2020 (via credit card through the Catapult X website).

Yes! Enter as many products as you choose. Each requires a nomination form and entry fee.

Yes. Information submitted on award applications will not be published prior to the NSTA National Conference or shared with anyone beyond the judges and the award administrators.

You will receive an awards seal to use for promotions and mentions online at NSTA, Catapult X, and in the summer print issue of NSTA Reports, which reaches 43,000 science educators during the peak sales season.

The recipients will be announced on before the exhibit hall closes on Saturday, April 4. Winners will be recognized in the summer issue of NSTA Reports.

Science Educators’ Best of Show™ is a collaborative project of Catapult-X and NSTA. Catapult-X serves as the program’s administrator. For questions, contact:

© 2019 Catapult X, LLC. All rights reserved.



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