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Become a NASA Explorer School


Would you like to become participate in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project? It will allow you to use FREE classroom resources, collaborate with other teachers and provide you with a wealth of multimedia resources. To learn more about NES, download the video “About NES” to see what NES is all about. Additional information at “How to Register” to see how easy it is to become an NES participant.

365: Chemistry for Life Contest


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is offering students, teachers, and others the chance to win cash cards and an iPad, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano in a contest to fill in empty dates in its IYC-365 online calendar. Called the “365: Chemistry for Life Contest,” it is part of ACS’ celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. ACS purposely left some days without content, as an invitation to the public to help fill in the gaps, and participate in the IYC. Entries should consist of the name of a chemistry-related person, place, innovation or everyday item with a 300-400 word description of the entry. The description should be written in non-technical language and include a discussion of how the entry improves and impacts everyday life. Entries accepted for use in the calendar will be eligible for a monthly drawing for a $50 Visa card, and a December drawing for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano.

Scientific Work Experience Programs for Teachers

Deadline: May 31 to September 1, 2011


Scientific Work Experience Programs for Teachers (SWEPTS) are summer programs in which elementary and secondary science and math teachers work with scientists or engineers to do supervised, paid work in areas that are relevant to subjects that they teach. Returning to the classroom, educators integrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills into their teaching.

American Horticultural Society Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2011


Through its national awards programs, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) celebrates outstanding achievements, encourages excellence, and inspires innovation in the art and science of horticulture. The AHS sponsors the Jane L. Taylor Award and a Teaching Award, for deserving educators.

Kids in Need Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2011


The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is accepting applications for the 2011 Teacher Grant Program. The foundation rewards creative teachers each year with grants to fund exceptional classroom projects. Grant amounts are between $100 and $500. Applications will be available online through September 30, 2011.

NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

Deadline: October 15, 2011


Big Help Grants are available in the form of student achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students’ right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year.

NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: K–12 Educator Fellowships

Deadline: October 15, 2011


The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships each year to up to 50 current and prospective educators. In partnership with state departments of education, Endeavor Fellows take five graduate STEM courses online. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and STEM content to their classroom contexts. Endeavor Fellows earn and are awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. The fellowship begins January 2012. For more information about the program or to learn how to apply, visit Application will be accepted through October 15, 2011.

2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Deadline: October 31, 2011


Nominate a colleague for the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. At the Academy, they’ll learn unique and interactive ways to inspire students in math and science. The all-expenses-paid professional development program has hosted 3,000 teachers since 2005.

NSTA’s Area Conference on Science Education in Seattle, Dec. 8–10

Deadline: December 8-10, 2011


With a wide range of exemplary PD options, teachers at all stages in their careers, in every grade band and discipline can take advantage of more than 400 workshops, seminars, and sessions to build skills and content knowledge for better classroom performance.

Teachers in Space: Pathfinder Competition

Deadline: December 2, 2011


Every journey begins with a single step. The Pathfinder program is the first step in the journey toward our goal of putting a thousand astronaut teachers into American classrooms.

Pathfinders will be the first astronaut teachers to fly in space and return to the classroom. Pathfinders will not only fly in space, they will also help us design the three-week training course for the large number of teachers who follow. We hope that Pathfinders will also return each summer to help us teach the course. Can you think of a more exciting summer job?

The program is now looking for three additional Pathfinders who are knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering, or math.

The Pathfinder competition is open to K-12 teachers of all subjects. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for an experiment that can be performed during a sub-orbital space flight and will be judged on these submissions as well as educational background and experience. Finalists will be contacted for personal interviews and additional screening.

Deadline for Application submission will be December 2, 2011. Candidates will be named in early summer of 2012.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - Various

Deadline: March 1, 2012


All award categories are open to members and nonmembers. Nomination period for all awards closes March 1, 2012. ISTE will announce winners in April.

All award winners receive:

  • Registration for ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia
  • A one-year standard ISTE membership
  • Various prizes and cash awards

The 2012 National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Collaboration Conference and the USA Science & Engineering Festival

April 25 - 29, 2012


The USA Science & Engineering Festival will offer exciting activities and events in the Nation's capital from April 27-29, 2012. NGCP will host the second offering of the NGCP Collaboration Conference in conjunction with the nation's largest celebration of science and engineering. The Collaboration Conference is an opportunity for representatives from girl-serving STEM organizations to connect and learn from each other and national level experts. Collaborative Leadership Team members will be in attendance as well as representatives from a wide variety of NGCP partners. Mark your calendars now! More details and registration available in the Fall.

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