We are back to our Education Grant Series, and this time we are focusing on STEM education. It seems like more focus than ever before is being placed on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Your school or organization can help support your program through available grant money. Consider some of these grants when planning your program.
A creator and developer of scientific technology for schools, Vernier also supports STEM in the classroom through its Technology Awards. Each year seven grants are presented to classrooms from kindergarten to college. These awards are for $5,500 including travel and expenses to the national NSTA conference, $1,000 for the classroom teacher, and $3,000 in Vernier technology products. In addition, Vernier offers a curriculum to help facilitate learning. Current science teachers from kindergarten to college can apply for the grant if they haven’t won one previously. Applications are due Nov. 30, 2016 for the 2017 awards. Check out the website for a list of past grantees and for an application.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest was put in place to “excite students about the possibilities of STEM” and to give schools “the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” This contest has four levels of awards: state finalists, state winners, national finalists, and national winners. Awards are presented at each of these levels, and state winners move on to be eligible for the national contest. State winners receive at least $20,000 in technology for their schools; 10 national winners receive twice that, and five national winners will receive $120,000 in technology and prizes. In order to apply for this grant you must respond to the prompt, “show how STEM can be applied to help your local community,” by submitting a lesson plan outline. Applications are accepted September-November, so start making your plans now. Stay up to date on all contest related information by signing up for email alerts here.
The American Honda Foundation has given more than $32 million to organizations in every U.S. state since 1984. The goal of the Foundation is to “help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.” As such, programs that are “imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative” are supported by this foundation. New applicants can submit applications on February 1 or August 1, and can only submit one application per 12 months. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000, and all proposals must be submitted on-line. Interested parties can start the process at this link where a series of questions will determine your eligibility. Aug. 1 is just around the corner; start planning your application today.
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