Science Teaching Grants

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OK you Tableteer science teachers, here’s a chance to compete for money to support your classroom innovations! Turn on your Tablet PC; here we go!

The Toyota Tapestry program offers grants for teachers, including through the National Science Teachers Association. This year, 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 “mini-grants” of $2,500 each are available to K-12 teachers of science. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal and submit it for receipt at NSTA by January 19, 2006.

For a real world perspective about the ongoing development of scientific study to share with students, teachers may find it useful to refer students to research and teaching funding announcements. (I assume you agree that research comes before teaching, or what would a teacher teach.) These examples are in no particular order:

1. The grants and contracts website for the Office of Science, Department of Energy. Ask you students to define key termson that webpage, such as terascale and petascale computing. I know at least two female K-12 students who would find such a review by a classroom teacher intellectually stimulating.

2. 2006 Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants

3. Complexity Science Grant Program 2006 Complexity Science entails both a general overview as well as research of the connection between influential factors in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and behavioral sciences.

4. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Grants to Universities to support K-12 science education including for underrepresented cohorts in science.

5. HP Technology for Teaching grant program for K-12 schools that use collaborative, team-based approaches to implementing technology integration projects.

6. Vernier offers a list of science and technology grants with deadlines due in the next 3 months. Too many to count!

7. WA State K-12 Education Resources and funding.

8. An annotated list of 2006 deadlines and Grants for educators.

9. An annotated list of lists for grants for teachers and schools. Use these links to identify emerging deadlines on original funding source sites.

This is an updated list from previous posts. I wish you the best as you seek funding. I wonder if so much public and private funding of schooling has ever been available. I wish so much money was as publically available when I was raising it for education programs. Maybe there is too much money available. Hmmm, that’s an interesting thought worth following up with later. May I add that funding follows good ideas. Competition determines what is a good idea, not personal view or preference.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.