Deadline: December 15, 2016
Created in 1973, the NSTA Awards and Recognition Program honors science educators with track records of success in the classroom. Twenty awards and grants are available, including awards for agriculture, engineering and environmental sciences educators. More information about each award, as well as application details, is available online. br>
Prize: Grant amounts vary by award.
Deadline: December 5, 2016
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program, from the National Science Foundation, provides funding for research and development projects that have the potential to enhance STEM teaching and learning. Specifically, the program seeks research proposals that examine STEM assessment, teaching, and learning. More information about the program, including past winning awardees, is available on the NSF website.
Deadline: December 5, 2016
Prize: Each year, several large grants are available for research organizations.
The Grants for Gardens program from Annie's offers schools and other educational organizations with funding to help build school gardens. Through the program, Annie's has funded more than 350 gardens in the U.S. Grants are available for expanding or starting school garden projects.
Deadline: December 6, 2016
Prize: Many grants are available.
The USDA's Farm to School program provides funding and educational opportunities to help schools and community organizations improve access to local food. A variety of grants are available, including planning grants for schools and districts to help organize and execute a farm to school initiative. Additional grants are available for training food service staff, developing school gardens, and other healthy food initiatives.
Deadline: December 12, 2016
Prize: The USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants each year.
The Laura Bush foundation provides a variety of grants for small and community libraries in the U.S. These are needs-based grants, supporting schools in with 85 percent or more of students on free/reduce lunch. Grants support expansion of print collections in these libraries.
Deadline: Interest forms available now; final applications due December 17, 2016
Prize: Grants are available up to $7,000.
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: Jan. 1 and April 1
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.
Know a student who's looking to get a volunteerism project off the ground? The Karma for Cara Foundation can help. Launched in 2014, the foundation's minigrant program offers small, one-time grants to students to help jump-start or sustain community service projects. A range of projects qualify for funding, including examples like rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens prepare their homes for winter.
Deadline: Jan. 20; March 31
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program encourages students in the U.S. to launch or grow community-based service learning campaigns. The Roots & Shoots grants are available to help support these projects. To apply, participants must sign up for a free Roots & Shoots membership, and participants must reside in the U.S. Funding is available for many different types of projects, from environmental clean-up, to community education initiatives. Students submit their projects, and then can apply for funding. More information, as well as learning guides and project guidelines is available online.
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.
Each year, Fund for Teachers offers summer fellowship grants for preK-12 teachers. These awards enable educators to develop self-directed professional learning experiences, and their odysseys take them all over the world. For ideas, check out the list of past winners. In the past, educators have roved the Mississippi River, developing an ecology unit along the way, and many other unique experiences.
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $5,000; teams can apply for up to $10,000.
Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.
MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
Deadline: January 15, 2016
This year, the International Literacy Association is honoring K-6 educators who is "dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing." Applicants must complete a personal state and proposal about their teaching program. Educators must be from schools that serve at least 60 percent of students on free and reduced lunch. br>
Prize: One educator receives a $2,500 award.
Deadline: Deadlines in mid-December (Vary by Region)
The Scholastic Awards support young, emerging artists and writers who have shown "technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality" in their work. The program provides scholarship support, mentoring and other benefits, and awards are available for students in grades 7-12.
Deadline: December 2, 2016
Prize: Scholarships, mentoring and other benefits are available for students.
Here's your chance to recognize a K-12 teacher who has worked hard to bring "real world" STEM learning into the classroom. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is supporting the best of the best, and they're looking for educators who encourage and inspire students with engaging STEM lessons and contests. If you know a teacher, or you would like to nominate yourself, you can apply online.
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Prize: Winning educators are honored at an AIAA awards ceremony.
This challenge from Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education asks individuals or teams of middle school students to create 1-2 minute videos explaining how they would design a living module on Mars. Accompanying curriculum and lesson plans are available online, as well as FAQs, competition rules, and other information.
Deadline: January 6, 2017
Prize: One grand prize winning team or individual will win a $10,000 prize. Second place receives $5,000, and third place receives $2,500.
Each year, the National Science Teachers Association and Shell team up to recognize an outstanding K-12 science teacher. Nominate an educator who has had a "positive impact on his or her students, school, and community" through effective science teaching. Webinars, past winners and other information regarding the award is available online.
Deadline: January 10, 2017
Prize: One K-12 educator wins a $10,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference. Two finalists also receive an expense-paid trip to the conference.
The Learning Network is sponsoring a student writing content to ring in the New Year. Students are encouraged to write a rap that highlights the year's biggest news stories. Past winning entries and contest rules are available online.
Prize: Winning entries are published on The Learning Network's website.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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The California Academy of Science's teaching resources offer something for every teacher: Online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more. If you're looking for fun, engaging science resources, you're bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia.
During the week of September 18, classrooms around the world will participate in the World's Largest Lesson. With 17 modules following the United Nation's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, students will explore a variety of subjects, including ending hunger and poverty and climate action. Free curricula is available online and it's designed for students aged 8 to 14 years old. More information as well as ideas for implementing lessons is available in the educator's guide.
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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