Erik Gustafson, 11, from Cortland, N.Y., has been named Young Scientist of the Year by Silver Spring, Md.-based Discovery Communication, Inc., a nonfiction television and digital media company. Erik, the youngest student ever to win this title, was also awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Katherine Strube, 14, of Glendale, Mo., earned second place, and Ambrose Soehn, 14, of Boulder, Colo., took third. Discovery Communication began offering these awards in 1999 to help boost achievement in science and math.
Education Software Awards
ComputED Learning Center, a San Diego, Calif.-based computer education company, has awarded its 12th Annual Education Software Review Awards to a variety of companies that produce programs and Web sites for educators and parents. The categories and award winners are:
Early Learning: Teaching Strategies, Inc., Washington.
Early Elementary: PLATO Learning, Bloomington, Minn.; Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Siboney Learning Group, St. Louis, Mo.
Upper Elementary: PLATO Learning, Bloomington, Minn.; K12, Inc., Herndon, Va.; EdAlive, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia; Pokémon USA, New York City; Oracle Education Foundation, Redwood Shores, Calif.
Middle School: CompassLearning, Austin, Texas; Spanish Productions, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gaggle.net, Inc., Bloomington, Ill.
High School: Stepware, Inc., Grand Junction, Colo.; Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Texas Instruments, Dallas; Amdon Consulting PTE, Singa-pore; ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Oracle Education Foundation, Redwood Shores, Calif.; The Rosen Publishing Group, New York City.
Teacher Tools: GenevaLogic, Lagenthal, Switzerland; SMART Technologies, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; PLATO Learning, Bloomington, Minn.; CompassLearn-ing, Austin, Texas; Faronics, San Ramon, Calif.
Multi-Level: Inspiration Software, Inc., Beaverton, Ore.; Rosetta Stone, Arlington, Va.; Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, N.J.; SMART Technologies, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.