Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher -Florida Association of Science Teachers 2016
Florida State Winner for the EdSurge Fifty Sates Project 2016
NMLSTA Hurd Award Finalist 2016
PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator 2015
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Honorable Mention/Finalist 2014
Microsoft U.S. Innovative Education Finalist 2011
Teacher Hall of Fame Finalist 2009, 2011
Space Foundation Teacher Liaison 2011
DCSTA District Middle School Science Teacher of the Year 2009
Teacher of Honor- National KDP 2008
Fairchild Challenge Environmental Role Model 2009
Publications and Articles:
Banas, S (2016) Using Project-Based Learning To Turn Students into Responsible Data Consumers, Edsurge Fifity States Project, Florida; https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-06-using-project-based-learning-to-turn-students-into-responsible-data-consumers
Shiel-Rolle, N., S. Banas, and K. Sullivan Sealey. (In prep) YOUNG MARINE EXPLORERS: Stewardship capacity-building through a Youth Outreach Program in The Bahamas. The Journal of Environmental Education.
Bans, S et al; (2004) The Outdoor Classroom; Media & Methods for Technology Magazine, December
Curriculum writer for Biscayne National Park, NPS., National Geographic Education;
Miami Dade County Public Schools; Insight Education Group; Illustrationsfor Dade County Environmental Story
Intel Innovation Odyssey, Website, 2002
Texas Instrument Success Stories Website, 2003
Fairchild Challenge (Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL) participant for 13 years. This program was developed to engage students in science through various disciplines such as art, music, science research, communication, skits, videos. I work with my students and faculty to complete the challenges each year. My students at South Miami Middle Community Schools have been in the top 3 positions each year. I also coordinate the Summer Science Program for Middle School Students at Fairchild Tropical Gardens doing citizen science, preparing for science fair investigations.
Science Fair Coordinator – South Miami Middle Community Middle School – Coordinate and support student research and teachers for district, state and national competitions such as science fair, Google Science Fair, SECME. My students have won first place and several recognition awards over the past 7 years. In 2013, several projects were accepted to be published.
Florida Association of Science Teachers; Editor for newsletter and journal; compile and edit the newsletter (4 times a year) and journal (2 times a year) for the past 3 years. Active board member for over 10 years. Conference chair.
International travel and exchange – last 7 years, doing research and working with schools, communities and teachers dealing with environmental concerns and education as well as preparedness. In Cairo, Egypt, Jalisco, Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Brazil, Honduras, Bahamas, Arctic Circle, Alaska. At each experience I connected with my students through live interactive video conferencing, blogs and websites. I literally ‘taught from the field’
Storm Zone Program is a Hurricane Preparedness Program to teach children to be ready for a disaster through simulations, engineering challenges and Weather Expos.
Community: organizer for several motorcycle/car events ( to raise money) to benefit: Zoo Miami (6 years), fallen local police officers (3 years); Miami Dade Animal Services (3 years). Pet and exotic animal rescuer for the last 30 years; Meet the Critters events all over the county for schools, police, stores and special events. Coumminity and school site landscaping