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CCTEC Student Receives Award for STEAM Sustainability Innovation

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education recognizes a New Jersey student as the winner of its 2022 Trade Champions Challenge—Samantha S., a 10th-grade student at Cumberland County Technical Education Center of the Cumberland County Vocational School District.

Samantha will receive a cash prize and a Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack. Her project – entitled “The Future of Construction”—addresses the fourth industrial revolution as related to the innovative technologies of the construction industry.

The Challenge asks high school students to work to create a 30- to 60-second video submission, directed at their peers, about why they aspire to be a trade professional and/or why they are passionate about the trade career in which they are currently engaged.​

The annual challenge builds upon a Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education educational program—Innovation Generation—designed to ignite, engage, and empower students to become innovators through no-cost dynamic digital resources. Through real-world explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), Innovation Generation cultivates students’ collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking.

“As a purpose-driven industrial organization, we do the hard work to make our world a better place. Part of that work is to celebrate and elevate the young innovators whose ideas solve problems, big and small,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “We applaud Samantha for her innovative demonstration of how trade careers are changing the world.”

Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom. The program’s digital tools can be accessed online at and through Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the Social Impact channel.

“The winner of the 2022 Trade Champions Challenge is a perfect example of how trade jobs impact, influence, and inspire today’s students,” said Beth Meyer, vice president of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “In partnership with Stanley Black & Decker, we are empowering students with the STEAM content to pursue the trade careers of the future.”

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