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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, June 1, 2021

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, June 1, 2021

Grades K–College

Study.com Teacher Certification Scholarships  

Study.com offers scholarships to current and prospective teachers who are U.S. residents and taking credential exams this year. 

  • $500 and 1 year of access to Study.com (Deadline June 15)
  • $500 (Deadline June 30)

WWF's Food Waste Warriors Grants  

World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Food Waste Warrior program provides grants (and stipends), toolkits, and lesson plans to empower K–12 school teachers and administrators to engage their students and take action on the issue of food waste. This program seeks to both compensate teachers and equip them with flexible and fully customizable resources to turn cafeterias into classrooms. Two types of grants are available this year:

  • mini-grants for schools, school districts, or nonprofits 
  • large grants for school districts, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations

More information about the food waste educator toolkits can be found here.

All applicants in any U.S. state or territory may apply for this year's grant cycle, though applicants working with schools or districts located in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., will be prioritized to support WWF's current food waste policy objectives. Also receiving preference are applications that implement waste audits and waste interventions in underserved communities (e.g., Title I and/or rural schools), though all schools are welcome and eligible to apply. (Deadline July 20)

National Weather Association's Sol Hirsch Educational Grants                                        
The association will award grants to help teachers, program directors, school-district supervisors, and other individuals or groups improve the education of students in meteorology. The grant money may be awarded up to $750, if a suitable recipient is available, and to one or more teachers/educators to cover qualified education expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. (Deadline June 8) Those selected can use the funds to 

  • Purchase scientific materials and/or equipment for the classroom, school or community;
  • Begin new school and/or community science outreach and education programs;
  • Enhance and/or expand existing meteorology/science education programs; 
  • Attend accredited courses, workshops, and/or conferences related to meteorology that will significantly enhance their teaching activities.

Apply to Become a DoD STEM Ambassador     

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) is seeking STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) educators to participate as Ambassadors for the 2021–2022 school year. Are you a K–12 educator in the United States with a history of sharing your passion for STEM literacy with students? If so, submit an application to be considered as part of this prestigious group of educators.  (Deadline June 9) DoD STEM Ambassadors will

  • Receive an educator stipend, funds for classroom materials and supplies, and funds for educator conferences or professional development attendance
  • Partner with DSEC to advance STEM outreach during the 2021–2022 school year
  • Collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators across the nation

Natural History Education DemoCamp        

Want to discover new ways to connect your students to nature and still meet learning objectives? The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections DemoCamp (June 28–29) is designed to provide materials and resources to K–12 teachers, informal educators, and higher education faculty looking for easy-to-adopt educational materials that engage students with the natural world. The virtual DemoCamp format will allow educators access to open education resources and provide opportunities to discuss these resources with the teachers and educators who developed the materials. This event will be an informal (but organized) series of small open sessions in which presenters can talk about materials and participants can ask questions as needed. Materials will be available in advance, and participants can attend as many or as few sessions as they wish. 

Teachers Test Prep 'Pass the Torch' Scholarships for Educators                                      
Teachers Test Prep, an education company that helps aspiring teachers prepare for their state certification exams, is offering $10,000 to future K–12 educators: one $5,000 scholarship to a recipient planning a career in elementary education and one $5,000 scholarship to a recipient planning a career in secondary education. Applicants must tell the story of a teacher who had an impact on them, and what they learned that they would like to pass on to their own students when they teach. (Deadline June 30)

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or graduate-level teacher preparation program for the 2020–2021 academic year and must be receiving federal student aid or be otherwise able to demonstrate financial need. Scholarship funds will be awarded directly to recipients to help pay for housing, transportation, books, and other living expenses that financial aid typically doesn't cover, so that they can focus more time on the work involved in becoming a credentialed teacher.

Fermilab Online Teacher Workshops

Fermilab's Office of Education and Public Engagement is offering these workshops for K–12 teachers in July. 
For grades K–2—Topics covered are Force and Motion, Light and Color, Structure and Properties of Matter.

For grades 3-5—Topics covered are Force and Motion, Light and Color, Structure and Properties of Matter, and Electricity and Magnetism.

For grades 6–8—Energy and Ecosystems: Prairie, Water, and Woods.
Energy and Ecosystems features ecosystem services, engineering components, and field studies in which students take scientific data. This new program provides students with authentic experiences using scientific practices and crosscutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Language Arts and Math.

Beauty and Charm at Fermilab. This activity-based program explores how  scientists work and how we can study things we can't even see. Beauty and Charm gives students authentic experiences using scientific practices and crosscutting concepts from the NGSS.

For grades 9–12—Summer Secondary Physics Institute: Mechanics. Develop  skills in teaching different aspects of Mechanics. Through interactive experiences, discussion, and demonstration, you'll build a solid foundation for teaching physics in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from Fermilab staff and virtually tour selected Fermilab sites.

Summer Secondary Physics Institute: Electricity and Magnetism. Develop your skills in teaching different aspects of Electricity and Magnetism through interactive activities, discussions, and demonstrations that you can apply directly to the classroom. Meet with Fermilab staff and take virtual tours to learn about how the concepts of electricity and magnetism are used to run some of the world's most powerful particle accelerators.

Early Childhood and Elementary Level

Osmo for Schools Mini-Grants 

Osmo for Schools is offering one-time mini-grants consisting of $2,000 worth of Osmo for Schools’ educational technology. A total of 20 in-kind mini-grants will be awarded to schools in time for fall 2021. Grant application will be open to public schools in the United States seeking to outfit a classroom with Osmo’s STEAM technology. The kits are designed for early learning and elementary classrooms and support iPad and/or Fire tablets. (The tablets are not included as part of the grant.) The application submission timeframe begins on July 1. (Deadline July 17)     

Middle Level and High School

NPR Seeks Vaccine-Related Questions From Students   

NPR is working on a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ for teens and pre-teens, and is soliciting questions about anything vaccine-related from adolescents ages 12–17. NPR requests that middle level and high school teachers share the following with their students:

Are you a teen or pre-teen who is thinking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Do you have questions about it? The @NPRHealth team wants to answer them! Send your questions by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on June 9 to Vaccineq@npr.org. And stay tuned for answers to your questions!

Teachers who have questions about NPR's request can send their questions to Pien Huang, NPR's Health Reporter, at phuang@npr.org.

NOAA BWET Turn the T.I. D.E. Virtual Summer Program

This free professional development taking place from June 7 to July 1 is designed for middle and high school science teachers who want to integrate climate science into their curriculum. The workshop will cover the following: linking extreme weather to climate change; how climate change leads to sea level rise and ocean acidification; how to plan a meaningful watershed educational experience on your campus; interpreting scientific data through art; and more. Receive NOAA tools and resources for your classroom. 

High School

Quantum for All STEM PD for High School Teachers

What do the following have in common: chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering and math? The common denominator is quantum information science (QIS). The National Science Foundation is supporting teachers who are seeking ways to embed quantum content into their curriculum by providing a unique professional development opportunity for teachers and camps for students. QIS is not just quantum physics: It includes basic math and touches on topics of computer science, chemistry, engineering, and many other core STEM areas.

The 2021 workshops will be held virtually on July 20–23. The 2022 workshops will be held face-to-face (FtF). Attendees will have an opportunity to host a student camp in their home district in summer 2022 or 2023. The expectation is that teachers will commit to attending the virtual sessions this summer and FtF next summer, then help teach the student camps. The FtF workshops will be held at four sites, two in Texas, one in Utah, and one in Pennsylvania. Because of the stipends and equipment provided to participants, spaces are limited.  

High School and College Level

Avantor Foundation Grants     

The Avantor Foundation believes that the best way to ensure the future of science is by investing in science education. The foundation funds

  • Community-based organizations that teach science and technology to students in undeserved high schools
  • Science labs in underserved schools, community colleges, or smaller universities by providing support for products, equipment, and/or talent

The Avantor Foundation doesn't accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, nonprofits can submit a one- to two-page letter of intent that contains this information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the organization
  • Contact person and title
  • Background information, including history and purpose of the charity
  • Purpose, objectives, and brief description of the program
  • How the program fits the mission and focus of the Foundation’s program
  • Total funding required and projected resources
  • The amount requested                                                             

Find more events and opportunities at https://old.nsta.org/publications/calendar

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