HOUSTON- KHOU has teamed up with Space Center Houston for the 2nd Annual Inspiring Curiosity Contest. We have narrowed the field down to four finalists. The final four represent kindergarten through second grade, third grade through fifth grade, middle school and high school.

The finalists are: the Science Sisters, Stephanie Shaw and Missy Flanagan. They represent K-2nd grade, teaching STEM classes at Kaufman Elementary in Conroe ISD.
The other finalist from an elementary school is Betsy Crafton who teaches at Grace School, a private school in West Houston.

The finalist representing the middle school level is Murrai Scanlon, who teaches language arts and leads the school's STEM-focused Team Challenge program at Montgomery Middle School.

The finalist from the high school level is Denise King who is the STEM teacher at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu. She is also the STEM coordinator for her district.

KHOU invited all area teachers to submit videos showing their big ideas, experiments and projects in need of funding that will inspire our next generation of innovators. The above mentioned teachers were selected from those entries.

Now we’re asking the public to help us pick the grand prize winner by voting on their favorite video on the KHOU 11 Facebook page.

Voting ends this Friday.

The grand prize winner will receive $5000 to fund their STEM project. The winning teacher or teachers will also receive an additional experiential prize from Space Center Houston. Each of the four finalists is guaranteed at least $1,000 and a Space Center Houston Teacher Scholarship to the 23rd Space Exploration Educators Conference in February 2017.

Tomorrow we will introduce you to our middle and high school finalists.