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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, August 10, 2021

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, August 10, 2021

Grades PreK–College

Bayer Fund Grants

These grants support projects in one of four areas, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. K–12 STEM programs for underserved youth that occur during the school day will qualify. Grantees can use funds for STEM curriculum development, technology, equipment and materials, enrichment programming, or professional development for teachers or school leaders. Applicants must first request an invitation code and be invited to apply. Nonprofit organizations in St. Louis, Missouri; northern New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Berkeley, California, are eligible, as are those within 55 miles of smaller Bayer fund sites (see the list). Applications are then due by August 31. (Funding decisions will be made in November/December.)

ORISE August Social Media Contest for Educators

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to know your answer to this question: With unlimited funding, how would you update your classroom? To enter the contest, follow ORISE on social media, fill out a brief survey, and comment your answer on the post. Three randomly selected teachers will receive an iPad Pro! Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win. (Deadline August 31)

NiSource Charitable Foundation Grants

The foundation provides these grants to encourage volunteer support and benefit communities in which NiSource employees and customers live and work in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Nonprofit organizations with programming in STEM and Energy Education and Environmental Stewardship are eligible. (Deadline September 1)

LEGO Build to Launch STEAM Digital Series    

LEGO Education has teamed with NASA and the Artemis I team to bring K–12 students and teachers a 10-week STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning series. Build to Launch is an exploration of the technology, STEAM concepts, and careers behind the Artemis I mission to the Moon. During each episode of the digital series, which will begin on September 14, students will find themselves in the shoes of NASA engineers, scientists, and astronauts. Through open-ended lessons, students will get hands-on and solve similar problems the Artemis I team faces as they build toward launch. 

The Build to Launch digital series provides content that will be available on the LEGO Education website and YouTube channel. Teachers can attend pre-launch webinars, 30-minute sessions that walk participants through the series and provide tips on how to optimize the experience for your students. The next webinar will take place on August 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; register here.

CHS Foundation Classroom Grants

CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to preK–12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach science, reading, writing, math, social studies, and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects, and agricultural literacy reading programs, to name a few. Agri-science teachers may apply for the grant, but they must demonstrate how the project being proposed will reach outside their agri-science classrooms to other classes in the same school or other schools, including elementary schools. Because of school closures related to COVID-19, online projects will be considered.

Teachers have until June 1 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report. Only state-certified classroom teachers who are employed by a school district or private school may apply. (Deadline mid- to late September)

Educators of America MicroGrant Program 

Educators of America wants to supply educators with the classroom technology they need and train them to use it in effective ways. The MicroGrant Program fund ranges from $250 to $5,000. K–12 schools (public, private, charter, or religious); STEM/STEAM centers and organizations; English Language Learning centers and organizations; and young adult education centers or community services centers are eligible. (Deadline September 15)

Elementary and Middle Level

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching                              
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is for mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. The PAEMST is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows for K–12 mathematics and science teaching, honoring up to 108 teachers each year. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. They also join a cadre of more than 5,000 award-winning teachers.

Consider nominating a talented teacher or applying for the award yourself. This year, teachers in grades K–6 are eligible. Nominations close on January 7. Applications will be due by February 6.

Middle Level and High School

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants
Do you need up to $5,000 in funding for an innovative idea for improving STEM learning in your classroom? Does your idea include project-based learning with measurable outcomes? The next application deadline—for teachers of grades 6–12—is September 1.  

AEOP RESET Summer Program
The Army Education Outreach Program’s (AEOP) Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) will provide educators with summer 2022 research experience at participating Army Laboratories. The program aims to reinforce teachers’ content knowledge through research experience and interactions with Army and Department of Defense scientists and engineers. Selected teachers will participate in online learning as a cohort, with a subset of the cohort selected to conduct research on-site with a mentor Army scientist or engineer. Upper middle school and high school teachers of science, math, and/or career technical education, including engineering and other topics closely related to STEM, are eligible.

After completing RESET, teachers will be able to translate this knowledge and experience into enhanced STEM research curricula and enriched learning for their students. (Deadline September 6)

High School

NSHSS Grant for School Supplies  

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) will award 20 high school educators with $500 grants to help provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms. Applicants must create a response of 500 words to this question: The burden of school supplies on educators is no secret. How would this grant provide opportunities for your classroom that otherwise would be difficult to come by? (Deadline September 15)

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