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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, April 6, 2021

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, April 6, 2021

Grades K–College

SciStarter Citizen Science Month Webinars and Events 

Online citizen science hub SciStarter will hold free online events throughout April, including weekly webinars every Thursday on Zoom to share ideas with educators and help engage learners in citizen science projects that can be done safety from home, backyards, and online. Educator Webinars happen on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). SciStarter will share and discuss citizen science projects, resources, and ideas for remote and distributed learners.

Grant Training Center Two-Day Professional Grant Development Online Workshop 

This comprehensive workshop on April 13–14 for beginners and experienced grant writers covers the diversity of donors, key search engines, and converting ideas into fundable projects or research. You will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your project or research. The training addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation, key personnel, and budgets. Interactive exercises, writing, lectures, and discussions will help you better understand how to research, write, and develop your specific project.

Grades PreK–12

ORISE Social Media Competition for Teachers  

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to know in your classroom, how do you promote the importance of contributions to STEM from people of diverse backgrounds? To enter the contest, follow ORISE on social media @ORISEconnect, fill out a short survey, and comment your answer on the post. Three randomly selected teachers will receive an Apple TV. (Deadline April 30)        

Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair

Diversity in Ed offers K–12 schools a virtual teacher fair to recruit and hire teachers. Both new and experienced teachers are welcome. This year's event will take place on April 14 at 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Central Time. More than 250 schools, districts, and graduate schools are recruiting teachers of diverse backgrounds. Learn more here.           

Kids Garden Month Contest

KidsGardening asks kids (ages 0–18) to submit photos, a video, a song, a drawing, artwork, or words (essay, poem) about what grows in their garden. Each week, KidsGardening will choose a favorite entry to receive a prize package, and at the end of the month, they’ll award two grand-prize winners: one to an individual and one to a group or class. In addition, schools are eligible to win one of six $500 prizes to build or enhance their school garden. (Deadline April 30)

Educators of America MicroGrant Program for Educators and Teachers   
Educators of America wants to supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need and train them to use it in effective ways. If you are a teacher who needs effective technological tools for bettering student achievement, complete an Educators of America grant application. The MicroGrant Program fund ranges from $250 to $5,000. (Deadline April 15)

NOAA Teachers on the Estuary Workshops 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers these workshops at National Estuarine Research Reserve System locations or virtually from May 5 to July 30. These hands-on workshops offer research and field-based training. By participating, you will 

  • Explore coastal habitats and conduct field investigations;
  • Interact with local scientists and experienced coastal educators;
  • Integrate local and national monitoring data into the classroom; and
  • Learn hands-on field activities highlighting Estuary Education Resources.

Check the website for more information and upcoming registration deadlines.  


Space Foundation Small Steps, Giant Leap: STEM Adventures for Little Space Explorers  

Space Foundation’s virtual event series is designed for early learners preK–K from all backgrounds. The series integrates a specific emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through interactive storytelling and hands-on lessons and activities, which align with Early Childhood Care and Education Science and Reading/Writing Standards. Upcoming themed sessions will take place on April 5 (Seasons), May 3 (Using Your Senses), and June 7 (Aliens).                            

Middle Level

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum STEM in 30 Program 

STEM in 30 is an Emmy-nominated program produced by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The next program is The Space Shuttle at 40. Learn about the history and science of this one-of-a-kind spacecraft on April 8. Then students can bring their questions about space shuttles to a live chat with an astronaut on April 15 at 1 p.m.

High School

NSHSS STEAM Educator Grants 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is providing $1,000 grants to enhance science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM)–related activities, innovation, and classroom excellence for teachers in a STEAM field. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips, or other resources to enhance the delivery of their courses. Any high school STEAM teacher currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply. (Deadline April 15)   

NSHSS Conference or Virtual Event Grants  

To help teachers and counselors attend educational conferences or virtual events that enhance their professional development, NSHSS provides $500 grants to be used to help defray costs of conference registration, travel, and accommodations. Any high school teacher or counselor currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply. (Deadline April 30)  

Find more events and opportunities at

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