Two Carroll County educators were recently recognized by the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland.

At the association's 17th annual Excellence in Education Awards Reception, North Carroll High School technology education teacher Robert Bierman received the Gerald Day Graduate Scholarship.

Vicki Mahr, chairperson of the Carroll County Public Schools Project Lead the Way Engineering Program Advisory Committee, received the Maryland Advocacy Award of Excellence.

The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to promote technology and engineering education in Maryland, according to a school system news release.

Bierman, also a graduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is examining and determining the core concepts that should be taught in Maryland, whether for Engineering by Design, Project Lead the Way, or locally generated course for his capstone research paper.

Mahr is responible for organizing external partners to support students both individually and as a group. She organizes mock interview sessions for the students in the Project Lead the Way program and hosts the program's annual student showcase in partnership with the school system and Carroll Community College.

She also works to promote STEM programs to students and parents whose race and/or gender is traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.