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Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, July 9, 2024

By Debra Shapiro

Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, July 9, 2024

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: Grades K–12

OLogy Cards

With a diverse array of interactive resources in various scientific disciplines, the American Museum of Natural History’s OLogy site offers informative content for K–12 students. The site’s OLogy cards are an engaging way to test your students' knowledge. These digital “trading cards” contain more than just quick facts: They also provide statistics, information, stories, and quizzes on dozens of topics in astronomy, biology, marine life, geology, space, extinct animals, and more. There’s even a series of Ology cards exploring scientists (“Ologists”).

Research Guide: School Garden Movement

The Library of Congress has published an online research guide listing available resources celebrating the school garden movement. Appropriate for both primary and secondary educators, the annotated list presents how-to books for teachers, covering topics such as building sustainable gardens, making the most of outdoor classrooms, and reaping the benefits of urban gardens. The list also includes books for young audiences that can be incorporated into classroom science lessons and a section with links to national school garden organizations.

Wildlife Cams Guide

Do you have nature enthusiasts in your class? Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wildlife Cams Guide for K–12 educators. The four-page, downloadable guide presents tips and suggestions for choosing the most appropriate wildlife feed for your students and provides links to recommended wildlife cam websites. In addition, the guide includes two activities to complete using observations from the wildlife cams.

Opportunity for Grades K–College

Space Foundation's International Teacher Liaison Program

International Teacher Liaisons use space-related education programs and practical resources in the classroom to act as advocates for space-based education in their schools and districts. International Teacher Liaisons serve as a connection between Space Foundation and their schools and communities, often collaborating with other organizations such as NASA. The program’s benefits include free registration and Exhibit Center admission for Space Foundation’s Space Symposium; curriculum resources and various professional development courses; networking opportunities with top educators and space industry experts; joining a community of encouraging educators worldwide; hands-on and inspiring classroom projects; and opportunities to design learning activities in a collaborative setting.

The program is open to public, private, and homeschool teachers, as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, and others who deliver education programs to kindergarten through college students. Apply by September 30.

Opportunity for Middle Level Through College

Ecology Project International Teacher Fellowships
Ecology Project International’s (EPI) 2025 Teacher Fellowship Program will feature eight-day trips to Baja California Sur, Yellowstone, and Costa Rica. The fellowships take teachers into the field with researchers to collect important wildlife conservation data. Teachers will have unique experiences and activities to take back to the classroom, and they can build a supportive network of educators working toward similar goals.
EPI covers all costs for selected Teacher Fellows, minus airfare to the program site and a program support fee ranging from $300 to $600. Teachers chosen as EPI Fellows are expected to actively engage in pre-course preparation calls, complete pre-course and post-course assignments, and serve as enthusiastic ambassadors for the EPI community.

The EPI Teacher Fellowship application period is open from July 1 to September 1. Formal and informal educators from any country may apply. EPI's curriculum is best suited to educators teaching at the middle school, high school, or university level, and applications from these educators are given preference. Applications from educators of any subject are welcome.

Opportunity for Grades K–12

Slooh Space Aspiration Grant
To make space exploration accessible to all students, Slooh, a company offering live online telescope feeds of the universe and an NGSS-aligned curriculum to school communities worldwide, is launching this new grant. Valued at up to $500,000, the grant will award five underserved, urban K–12 school districts—representing a total of up to 100,000 students—with district site licenses for the 2024–25 school year. This includes complete access to Slooh’s online telescopes, curriculum, and professional development to help educators integrate the materials into their lessons.

To apply, district superintendents, assistant superintendents, or chief academic officers must complete an application briefly detailing how the district community will benefit from access to Slooh this coming school year, as well as how it will be implemented across the curriculum. All applicants must share their intention for adopting Slooh across grade levels and in programs such as after-school and summer school. Applications are due by August 9.

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