Ben Buehler, recipient of the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award, is shown teaching science in his classroom. (Photo: Photo provided)
MUNCIE, Ind. – Yorktown High School teacher Ben Buehler has been awarded the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award to recognize his innovation through collaboration in the classroom.
Buehler was nominated by YHS Principal Stacey Brewer, according to a release from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. In addition to his work in the classroom, Buehler leads the school’s science club who recently worked to reduce the school’s energy footprint by removing unnecessary plugged-in equipment and recommending more energy-efficient hand dryers throughout the school.
He works to get more students interested in advanced sciences, encouraging increased participation by female students. Between 55 and 70 percent of his students have earned a 3+ score on their AP Physics exams. The national average is 37 percent, the release stated.
“Mr. Buehler embraces the enormous impact he has on students,” Brewer wrote in her nomination. “He is always seeking outside opportunities for our students to apply their content knowledge and curiosity to real-life concerns.”
Buehler was awarded a Robert P. Bell Education Grant in 2017 for a project focusing on expanding interest and access to computer science courses across the high school. Through “A Tinkerer’s Showcase,” Buehler led his students through a year-long series of activities that took projects typically locked on a computer screen and turned them into tangible items through 3D printing.
“The ability for my students to see their computer code jump off of the screen is a giant success,” Buehler explained after implementing his Bell Grant. “The materials purchased because of this grant have greatly increased the awesomeness factor of what my students can create.”
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Buehler was surprised with the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award during a private ceremony at Yorktown High School on Aug. 27. “I very much look forward to the announcements in the paper each cycle highlighting what other teachers are doing with the Bell Grants,” Ben shared in response to his award. “I’m always eager to put my application in when my inspiration and the grant calendar line up.” Ben is the third recipient to receive the award honoring a creative and innovative teacher.
The Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching award was established to complement the Robert P. Bell Education Grants program and honor teachers who have gone above and beyond to use creativity and innovation to enhance learning by their students. The annual program rewards, recognizes, and encourages extraordinary educators who have applied for, received, and executed a Robert P. Bell Grant from The Community Foundation in their classroom.
To commemorate the award, the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County awarded a $1,000 grant to Yorktown Community Schools to be used by Ben Buehler in the classroom
Information about the Robert P. Bell Education Grants: cfmdin.org or Carly Acree-King, program officer, [email protected]
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