Deadline: August 31, 2016
Chartwells K12 and KidsGardening.org want to plant the seed of health and wellness in classrooms around the country. To achieve that goal, they're offering one-time grants to educators to help implement curricula that teaches about nutrition through edible gardening. Grants support upstart programs, as well as established gardens in schools. Candidates who can show a demonstrated or projected impact and the sustainability of the program are more likely to receive funding.
Deadline: Interest Forms Available Now
Prize: Funding for travel and lodging are included.
The Teach Earth program is a travel and expeditionary learning program for U.S.-based educators. Each year, the Earthwatch Institute selects teachers in a variety of subject areas to "work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world." The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds.
Deadline: August 1, 2016 (Grants over $5,000); Rolling
Prize: Eighteen grants are available: 15 $1,000 grant packages, 2 $2,500 grant packages, and 1 $5,000 grant package for the grand prize winner.
Each year, the Toshiba America Foundation provides grants for "classroom innovators" who are working to make math and science more engaging for students in grades 6-12. Are you a classroom innovator? If you need funding for an existing curriculum program, or need help getting a STEM project off the ground, this might just be the grant for you. A listing of past winners, as well as guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online.
Deadline: August 1, 2016
Prize: Small one-time grants are available for middle school and high school educators; grants totaling more than $5,000 are available and awarded twice per year.
The Mockingbird Foundation provides one-time grants to organizations that provide music education programming to students. Grants support a range of initiatives, including fostering creativity and supporting music education programs. Programs should provide programming to students 18 years old or younger.
Deadline: August 12, 2016 (Pre-proposals due)
Prize: Grants range from $100 to $5,000.
This annual grant program from the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation supports the development of innovative classroom environmental curricula. Grants are available for developing, implementing or field testing various programs. All curricula must integrate field activities and classroom instruction, as well as engage students in problem solving and basic ecology learning. More details and a listing of past winners are available on the foundation's website.
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Prize: One or two grants of $1,500 are available.
Disney Friends for Change, through Youth Service America, is offering $500 awards to young people aged 5-18 for service learning projects. Funding is available for a variety of projects that may help to make communities healthier, greener, and/or stronger. To participate, young changemakers submit their a proposal online for their service learning project. For inspiration, students can check out past winners and training guides for ideas.
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Prize: Winners receive one-time $500 grants to jump-start their service-learning projects.
Each year, the Toshiba America Foundation provides small, one-time grants to public and private school K-5 teachers in the U.S. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,000.
Classroom pets make wonderful learning companions! Educators interested in funding a classroom pet should consider a Pets in the Classroom grant. They are available for K-8 teachers in public and private schools. Grants are "intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom" and facilitate learning projects centered on caring for pets responsibly.
Prize: A variety of small one-time grants are available, including awards for supplies.
>> MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
Deadline: August 18, 2016
This contest is perfect for K-12 scribes located in the U.S. or Canada. Creative Communication is sponsoring a poetry contest, and they're calling for entries. To participate, K-12 writers can submit up poems up to 21 lines on any appropriate subject. More information, past winners and submission details are available at PoeticPower.com.
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Prize: The top 10 winners in each grade division receive a $25 prize, as well as a book of poems. Winning poems may also be eligible for publishing.
Two hundred years ago, 19-year-old Mary Shelley wrote the classic Gothic novel Frankenstein. What you might not know: Shelley wrote the novel on a dare. To honor the novel's publication anniversary, Arizona State University, along with National Novel Writing Month, the Chabot Space and Science Center, and Creative Nonfiction magazine, are daring authors to write a scary works of their own. To participate, organizers are asking authors "to write a scary story that explores the relationship between creators and the 'monsters' they create." Entries should be posted on Medium with the hashtag #Frankenstein200.
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Prize: Winners in this short fiction contest will receive feedback from award-winning science fiction author Elizabeth Bear, as well as a Frankenstein and book prize pack from NaNoWriMo.
Here's one for the aspiring video game designers in your classrooms. The STEM Video Game Challenge, which was inspired by the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign, encourages middle and high school students "to work as individuals or in teams to design and make original, playable games or written game design documents about any subject." Judges evaluate games based on three game design criteria, and individuals or participating teams can design and build games, or just submit design documents in the design category. A variety of resources, including lesson plans to help teach game design concepts, are available online.
Deadline: August 19, 2016
Prize: Many prizes are available for students, including a cash award, mentoring opportunities, and lifetime access to Game Mechanic, among other prizes.
The Learning Network from The New York Times is encouraging students aged 13-19 years old to get engaged with the news this summer. From June 17 to August 19, the Learning Network will open a small essay contest for youth readers each Friday. To participate, students write a brief 250- to 300-word comment in the weekly thread that answers: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?
Deadline: Ongoing until August 31, 2016
Prize: Each Tuesday, a winner's submission will be published on the blog.
This summer, fourth graders and their families have free access to any national parks, waters, and lands through the National Park Service Foundation's Every Kid in a Park program. To participate, students download a summer pass that is good until August 31. Plus, for fun end-of-year activities, the Activity Guides for teachers are designed to teach students about the parks, land conservation, and more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016
Prize: Students receive a pass to all National Park Service lands and areas that's good until August 31.
The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy support innovative programs that foster and encourage a love of reading among students. Educators at K-12 public schools in the U.S. are eligible to apply or be nominated. All types of literacy programs are considered, especially those that are innovative and original, that support reluctant readers, and that foster and develop a love of reading among students. This year, there's also a new award, the $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, which focuses specifically on poetry curricula and programming.
Deadline: September 19, 2016
Prize: Three literacy awards are available, including $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 prizes. Plus, the $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry is available for poetry-specific programs.
Each year, the American Library Association recognizes the country's best librarians with the I Love My Librarian Awards. People are encouraged to nominate a librarian that is making a positive impact in your community or school; nominators must write brief statements about the librarian and why they are perfect for the award.
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Prize: Ten awards of $5,000 are available for librarians across the U.S., as well as a plaque and a travel stipend to an awards ceremony in New York City.
The annual Global Teacher Prize was created to honor one outstanding educator who has made a significant contribution to their profession. The prize was first awarded in 2015, and it was created to bring awareness and recognition to the world's very best educators. Educators across the world can apply or be nominated. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including impact in the classroom, contributions to the community, use of innovative teaching methods, and work with mentoring and coaching fellow educators.
Prize: One educator receives a $1 million award; finalists also receive prizes and recognition.
>> MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.
MathScienceMusic.org, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.
Finding Your Seat on the Bus is one of 57 resources, created by the USC Shoah Foundation, included in the IWitness collection. These resources explore a number of topics, including tolerance, justice, family and standing up for others, and they feature primary source materials like text, video, poems, photos and more. Each activity is built around a video clip of testimony, and they complement a number of subjects, including English, history, and social studies.
Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.
Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a "collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans" that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
How does math relate to Pixar animation? Khan Academy and Pixar recently released a fun, interactive lesson series called Pixar in a Box. Each lesson “demonstrates how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar,” and there are lessons for all different grade levels. Teachers looking for more information should check out the Educator’s Guide, which provides examples and ideas for implementation.
Unlocking Life's Code is a new tool, created by the National Human Genome Research Institute, that enables students to explore "ethical and social questions surrounding genomic sequencing." The resource includes an online exhibit covering genomic sequencing technology, as well as discussion starters and information about the "growing involvement of genetics" in many areas of our lives.
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