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Fourth Annual Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Now Accepting Entries

Up to $435,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded to Teachers for Finding Innovative Ways to Deliver Quality Lab Experiences to Students

ARLINGTON, Va.—November 5, 2020—The fourth annual Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge is now accepting applications for the 2020-2022 program. The Challenge—sponsored by Shell Oil Company (Shell) and administered by the National Science Teaching Association—encourages science teachers (grades K-12) in select communities located throughout the U.S. who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, to apply for a chance to win up to $435,000 in prizes, including school science lab makeover support packages valued at $10,000 (for the elementary and middle levels) and $15,000 (for the high school level). The deadline for submissions is January 22, 2021.

“Science teachers inspire future science leaders,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation and Director, Workforce Development Diversity Outreach, Shell Oil Company. “The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge demonstrates our commitment to the communities, schools, and students, and the critical role the schools and teachers in those communities play in preparing a future workforce of technical talent.”

Judges will evaluate entries based on various criteria, including demonstrated science inquiry and innovation in the classroom with limited equipment; demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the community; and demonstrated need for additional professional development and science materials. Thirty-six regional winners will be selected: 12 at the elementary level, 12 at the middle level, and 12 at the high school level. Of the 36 winners, three grand prize winners—one at each level—will be selected.

The elementary and middle level regional winners will each receive a school science lab makeover support package valued at $10,000 and high school level regional winners will receive a school science lab makeover support package valued at $15,000. Each grand prize winner will receive an additional $5,000 of support to attend a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The grand prize winners and their principals will be honored at the Shell reception and NSTA Teachers Awards Gala, taking place at the conference.

For more information about the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge or to apply, visit

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 40,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Shell Oil Company
Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT: Shell Oil Company Media Line +1 (832) 337-4355

Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

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