By Debra Shapiro
AIAA Foundation Classroom Grants
The AIAA Foundation believes that one of the most significant means to inspire and advance the future of aerospace is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational need of students. Each school year, AIAA awards grants of up to $500 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. A clear connection to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on aerospace must be included in the grant proposal. (Deadline August 31)
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Grants
These grants are for 501(c)(3) public charities (including public universities), with preference given to California-based groups. Eligible programs provide environmental and arts education opportunities to children and youth. Grant amounts range between $5,000 and $100,000. Letters of Intent may be submitted at any time. Two rounds of funding occur each year; the next deadline will be August 2.
Education grants provide environmental and arts education opportunities to children and youth
Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) Mini-Grants
The LSI provides mini-grants to support projects that improve the health and safety of students and teachers in science labs. The projects should provide an interesting research result or a model for other schools, or develop information that can be shared and benefit others. Mini-grant requests are reviewed as they are received, and reply is normally provided within one month.
Canadian Geographic Education Free Summer Conference
Canadian Geo Education is hosting its first virtual summer conference on August 19 with the theme “Geographic Literacy: The Power of Storytelling.” Keynote speakers include Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence and adventurer Adam Shoalts and Canadian Geographic cartographer Chris Brackley. Workshops will be available throughout the day and will focus on providing K–12 educators hands-on experiences, resources, and skills to use in their classrooms. The conference will examine the importance of storytelling through a diverse range of topics, with sessions focusing on
The Coleopterists Society’s Youth Incentive Awards
The awards recognize young people who study beetles. Each of the two awards (one for the Junior level, grades 7–9, and one for the Senior level, grades 10–12) is a monetary grant of $200 and $400; awardees also will receive a matching equipment credit from the BioQuip Products catalog for $200 (Junior Award) and $400 (Senior Award). In addition, awardees will receive a one-year subscription to the society's journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin.
The selection committee invites proposals for topics such as field collecting trips to conduct beetle species inventories or diversity studies; attending workshops or visiting entomology or natural history museums for special training and projects on beetles; studying aspects of beetle biology; and more. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to find an adult adviser (teacher, youth group leader, parent, etc.) to provide guidance in proposal development. The Coleopterists Society can assist in establishing contacts between youth and professional coleopterists. (Deadline November 1)
NASA TechRise Student Challenge
In August, the competition will start accepting entries. Teachers can preregister and access resources from the website. Students in grades 6–12 at a U.S. public, private, or charter school will team up with schoolmates to design a research or technology experiment no larger than 4 in x 4 in x 8 in for one of the following flight test vehicles:
Teams can win
(Deadline November 3)
Embedded Teacher Program
The Embedded Teacher Program is a NASA-supported opportunity for grades 6–12 teachers in STEAM disciplines across Wisconsin to develop curriculum demonstrations and experiments related to spaceflight and microgravity. Participants will travel to the Carthage College campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for a workshop scheduled for October 8–9, 2021. The workshop will introduce the basic concepts of microgravity physics, the types of research conducted in space, and the curriculum opportunities for middle and high school teachers, and will provide hands-on materials and individual assistance with developing teachable explorations of microgravity science on G-FORCE ONE.
Participants will propose experiments and demonstrations that support existing research scheduled for an upcoming ZERO-G flight. The teacher(s) selected for the flight will be “embedded” with the Carthage College space science research team as they conduct their experiments on the parabolic flight campaign. Learn more from this video. (Deadline September 3)
Shaping the Future of STEM, Building Equity Through a High School STEM Internship Program
Join STEMconnector on August 4 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time to learn about Abbott High School's STEM Internship. Launched in 2012, the internship gives students nationwide the opportunity to contribute to life-changing technologies alongside engineers and scientists who look like them. Vildan Kehr, divisional vice president of HR, Rapid and Molecular Diagnostics, will provide an overview of the program, including how it became the first high school STEM internship to be recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education, and why the internship is so important to Abbott High School. She will also discuss their decision to create a blueprint for other companies to follow. (Learn more here.) Current Abbott High School STEM interns will share their experiences in the program and how it has impacted their interest and ability to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM.
AVS Science Educators/STEM Workshop
High school teachers can become eligible to receive an equipment grant including a new vacuum pump and vacuum jar for your school when you attend this two-day American Vacuum Society (AVS) workshop. The workshop features high school–ready lessons that integrate science, math, and engineering using hands-on vacuum technology-based activities. It also includes an on-site visit to a major industrial or research laboratory.
Local AVS chapters typically pay travel and lodging costs to send a teacher from their region to this hands-on workshop. After completing it, teachers receive continuing education credit. The next workshop will be held on October 25–26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Free Online Workshops from HHMI BioInteractive
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Biointeractive is offering free, online professional development workshops for high school and college life and environmental science educators. All workshops are facilitated by Ambassadors, a community of expert high school and undergraduate educators who work closely with BioInteractive to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices, drive change in science education, and elevate the professional and scholarly profile of science teaching. Workshops will be hosted on Zoom. Upcoming topics are
Find more events and opportunities at https://old.nsta.org/publications/calendar.
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