Deadline: June 23, 2017
This program supports "innovative, creative leadership team building" at the middle and elementary school levels. Up to 20 programs that enable educators to provide arts learning for students will be funded. Learn more about the types of programs that receive funding by viewing last year's winners.
Deadline: May 25, 2017
Prize: Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
Each year, the ASM Materials Education Foundation provides 20 grants to educators. Grants can be used for projects that grow awareness of materials science and its role in society. Examples of previous winning projects are available online, as well as application details.
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Prize: Each grant has a value of $500.
SPIE, an international optics and photonics society, offers grants to educators that support innovative learning programs. Grants should raise awareness of optics and photonics in the classroom and have the potential to impact students. Primary schools and secondary schools are eligible to apply, as are STEM learning centers, youth groups and other non-profit organizations.
Deadline: June 14, 2017
Prize: Several grants are available; awards average $3,000.
Each year, the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 program provides grants to K-12 schools to jumpstart healthy living programs. Does your school want to expand or start a health program? These grants can help. To apply, you must be enrolled in the Fuel Up program. Then select one Healthy Eating and one Physical Activity "play" from the Fuel Up playbook to get started.
Prize: Grants are available up to $4,000.
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: June 30, 2017
The Beckman Awards honor teachers who have "inspired their former students to make significant contributions to society." If a former student was inspired to create an organization that benefits the community, you should apply. Also, the grants support educators who have inspired students to create concepts, movements and procedures that benefit the community. See past winners online.
Deadline: June 12, 2017
The Butler-Cooley award from the Turnaround Management Association support K-12 educators "who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students' lives and the communities" where they teach. Each year, one educator is awarded the $5,000 prize. Educators should have a track record of inspiring students with innovative classroom teaching methods. The award includes a $1,000 cash stipend for travel expenses to the TMA's annual conference in October.
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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