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Teacher Grants: Science

Siemens/NSTA: We Can Change the World Challenge
In the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, teachers, mentors or other adults work with and supervise teams of eligible students in the creation of a contest entry identifying an issue in the community that needs to "go green" and providing a plan to positively impact that issue and further "green living" in their community. Each team's entry should include the following steps: choosing a topic, writing a problem statement, doing background research, writing a hypothesis, developing a plan, collecting data, drawing a conclusion, reporting the results and explaining how to replicate this project.
Maximum Award: (students) a $10,000 Savings Bond, appearance on Planet Green, a Discovery trip, a pocket video camera, and a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge green prize pack; (teachers/mentors) a Discovery trip, free registration to the next NSTA National (or Area) Conference; hotel accommodations for three nights at the conference; a pocket video camera; a one-year membership to NSTA; a 12-month subscription to Discovery Education Science; and a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge green prize pack.
Eligibility: Teams may be made up of two, three, or four students who have been approved and recommended by a teacher/mentor, each of whom is a legal U.S. resident enrolled in kindergarten through 5th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in the United States at the time of entry.
Deadline: March 15, 2010.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recognize highly qualified teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Maximum Award: $10,000; a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a citation signed by the President of the United States.
Eligibility: teachers grades K-6 in a public or private school with five years' experience teaching math or science.
Deadline: April 1, 2010.

American Academy of Dermatology: Shade Structure Program
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Program gives grants for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety.
Maximum Award: $8,000.
Eligibility: nonprofit organizations or public schools that primarily serve children and teens 18 and younger; demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application; and are sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist.
Deadline: April 12, 2010.

MIT: Lemelson-MIT 2011 InvenTeams
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams foster inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers, and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project.
Maximum Award: $10,000.
Eligibility: high school science, mathematics and technology teachers—or teams of teachers—at public, private and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations welcome.
Deadline: April 25, 2010.

NABT: Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award
The National Association of Biology Teachers Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community.
Maximum Award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership.
Eligibility: secondary school teachers.
Deadline: May 7, 2010.

Earth Island Institute: Youth Award for Outstanding Activism in Environmental and Social Justice
The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy.
Maximum Award: $3,000; a trip to San Francisco for the awards ceremony, October 19, 2010; and a wilderness camping trip.
Eligibility: youth activists ages 13-22.
Deadline: May 15, 2010.

Awards for Excellence in Educating Students About Math, Science, Technology & Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: N/A.

Earthwatch: Educator Fellowship
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects around the world.
Maximum Award: fully funded fellowship.


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