Additional Funding and Award Opportunities Listed in Past Issues
National Science Teachers Association Shell Science Lab Challenge for Middle and High School Teachers
The National Science Teachers Association and Shell Oil Company invite middle and high school teachers in the United States to compete for prizes of laboratory resources for their schools, in the NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge. The prizes total up to $93,000, including a grand-prize school science lab makeover valued at $20,000. Middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) are invited to describe a replicable approach to science lab instruction using limited school and laboratory resources. Eighteen regional winners will be selected, five national winners from among the 18, and one grand-prize winner from among the five. All winners will receive donated science lab equipment or gift certificates, a grant to purchase additional science lab tools and resources, a $300 gift certificate to the NSTA Bookstore, and membership to the NSTA and the NSTA Learning Center. Application deadline: February 2, 2011.
SEVEN Fund Offers K-12 Teacher Summer Fellowships to Study Solutions to Poverty
The SEVEN Fund (Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual nonprofit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. The Fund invites K-12 teachers in the United States to apply for Summer 2011 teaching fellowships. The four fellowship awards will enable teachers to travel to Rwanda and study enterprise solutions to poverty in that country. The objective of the fellowship is to introduce the concepts of business solutions to poverty within a K-12 curriculum. Winners will be invited to spend two weeks in Rwanda, where they will meet with leaders in the private, public, and education sectors. Individual meetings and trips also will be arranged according to the interests of the winning teachers. (For example, a biology teacher might spend time with scientists working in Rwanda's emerging biotech cluster.) Deadline for applications: February 15, 2011.
Special Olympics and Youth Service America Announce Childhood Obesity Service-Learning Grant Program
Special Olympics is partnering with Youth Service America to offer Get Into It grants to help bring together students of all abilities to fight childhood obesity in their schools and communities. The Get Into It program will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to help youth create and implement local hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. The application must be completed by a teacher and a pair of students (one with and one without an intellectual disability). Get Into It grant projects should launch on Spread the Word to End the Word Day (March 2, 2011) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011). Students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Special Olympics will host an application training webinar on January 4, 2011, for applicants interested in learning more about how to develop a successful project. Deadline for applications: January 19, 2011.
Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision Awards
Inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem-solving. The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages youngsters to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: students K-12. Deadline: February 2, 2011.
William T. Grant Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Investigator Initiated Grants on Youth Settings
The William T. Grant Foundation awards grants of up to $1.5 million for research that enhances understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved, as well as the effects of such research on policy affecting youth. The foundation is interested in supporting research on a range of settings that are important for youth development. These settings include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations, as well as environments with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults. Deadline: January 5, 2011 (Letters of Inquiry).
Astronauts Memorial Foundation: Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation’s Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs in the classroom with students, or in the professional development of teachers in the school or district. Maximum award: $1,000, recognition at the awards ceremony at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eligibility: K-12 educators and district-level personnel in the field of Educational Technology. Deadline: January 15, 2011.
Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, including schools. Deadline: December 31, 2010.
Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch’s Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals. Maximum award: full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc. Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide. Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Honeywell: Educators at Space Academy Program
The Honeywell Educators at Space Academy Program funds five-day scholarships for middle school math and science teachers at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Recipients have 40 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time, focusing on space science and space exploration, including participation in astronaut-style training and simulations and activities designed to promote life-long learning in a classroom setting. Maximum award: travel, accommodations, materials, and five-day tuition. Eligibility: middle school (grades 6-8) science and math teachers. Deadline: December 31, 2010.
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Every year, Intel honors K-12 schools in the U.S. demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments, developing an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards. Up to three schools at each level (elementary, middle, and high school) will be named as finalists in the math and science categories. Each school will receive a cash grant of $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington DC for a four-member team from their school and district. Six winners will be selected from the 18 finalists and receive a $10,000 cash grant, and products and services from program sponsors. One of the six will be selected as the "Star Innovator" and will receive a $25,000 grant. The program is open to K-12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the United States, Department of Defense Dependents schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Eligibility is limited to accredited schools that are publicly funded and/or not-for-profit. Deadline for applications: February 17, 2011.
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