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ADC Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The ADC Foundation makes direct grants to two strategic focus areas: mathematics and science education, and nonprofit access to technology. Although the Foundation will continue to match ADC employee gifts to a wide spectrum of types of nonprofits and causes, the foundation will consider grant requests only in the following two areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Access to Technology.

Air Force Association Educator Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2012


The Air Force Association awards up to $250 to public K-12 classrooms in the United States for aerospace education programs. Grants must be used for aerospace education-related items/activities such as books, videotapes, aerospace-oriented field trips, and aerospace education days.

Boeing Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants promote the development of quality learning environments in the areas of math, science, and literacy, which are necessary for future success in the workforce and life.

Digital Wish

Deadline: Ongoing


Digital wish is dedicated to helping schools gain technology access across all subject areas.

DuPont Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


DuPont supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in mathematics, science, and technology education. CCRE uses a comprehensive set of guidelines to access the merits of all programs under consideration. DuPont does not fund curriculum development or assessment, capital campaigns, or endowments.

Hewlett Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


The Hewlett Foundation makes grants in six core program areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area. The Foundation’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

Deadlines: Annually at May 31, September 31, December 31.


The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

CPF grants are limited to $2,500 and preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.

Computer Science Collaboration Project Mini-Grants for Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth

Deadline: March 1, 2012


The Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) announces the availability of mini-grant funding as an incentive for collaborative projects to increase the engagement of K-12 Hispanic/Latino(a) youth in computer science. The mini-grant program is designed to build collaborations between participants in K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to encourage Hispanic/Latino(a) youth to explore and/or pursue computer science educational programs and careers.

National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grant

Deadline: June 1, 2012


K-12 educators who teach students or community members about meteorology are invited to apply for a grant of $750 to purchase scientific materials and equipment for the classroom, school, or community; establish or enhance school or community meteorology education programs; or attend accredited meteorology-related courses, workshops, or conferences. Up to seven grants will be awarded. Grants are awarded based on need, impact of the funding, and the proposal's likelihood of success.

ING Unsung Heroes Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2012


Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

Deadline: Annually, February 1, June 1, and October 15


The Big Help Grants program invites K-8 public school educators to apply for student achievement grants of up to USD 5,000. The 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.

Toyota Tapestry Grants

Deadline: March 3, 2012


A partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements.

The program is open to middle and high school science teachers residing within the 50 United States and U.S. territories and possessions and it is also open to elementary teachers who teach some science in the classroom or are teaching specialists. Middle and high school teachers must teach at least two science classes per day. All applicants must have at least two years science teaching experience in a K–12 school not including the current school year. Only the Project Director has to meet the above criteria. The project staff may consist of educators of any discipline, administrators, parents, students or anyone who will be directly involved in the project. An individual teacher or a team of up to five people may submit a proposal. The Project Director will be the contact person for the team and will be the sole administrator of the grant money. Applicants may submit only one proposal per year as Project Director.

Siemens: We Can Change the World Challenge

Deadline: March 15, 2012


The nation's premier environmental sustainability competition for students in grades K-12 is now open. Students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Empower your students to change the world and participate in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

Go to the web site to access hundreds of free resources for your grade band that will help you get started, including lesson plans, virtual labs, e-books, sample projects and more. Not only will students learn to become environmental stewards, but they can win over $300,000 in prizes like scholarships, Discovery adventure trips, a school-wide assembly and more.

Pets in the Classroom

Deadline: June 30, 2012


Pets in the Classroom provides classroom grants to teachers who would like to have mammal or fish pets in their classrooms. In addition to the grant program, Pets in the Classroom offers some good suggestions about creating pet-centered lessons for elementary school students. Even if you do not have a classroom pet you can still utilize some of the lesson ideas in your classroom.

Worth Ave Group's Technology in Education Grant

Voting Ends: March 31, 2012


Nominate a great teacher (or ask someone to nominate you!) for this contest. Awards will be given to the schools with the most nominations and the teachers who receive the most votes during the contest period.

Teacher Opportunities

American Home Energy Education Challenge


Designed for students of grades 3–8 across the US, the challenge will teach fundamentals about energy use, energy conservation in the home, and cost-savings as a result of the challenge initiatives. Participating schools compete for more than $200,000 in prizes distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.

CDC Science Ambassador Workshop


Deadline: March 30, 2102

The Center for Disease Control’s Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office is pleased to announce the 2012 CDC Science Ambassador Workshop — an opportunity for middle and high school science educators to share in a dynamic learning experience.

CDC Science Ambassador Workshop links public health science to classroom instruction. This is an excellent opportunity for science educators to work closely with CDC scientists during an intensive 5-day workshop to bring new and innovative science and public health materials to the classroom.

Educators will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses for the workshop. Those who complete and meet the expectations of the workshop will earn three (3) Professional Learning Units. This is a competitive program and space is limited — 16 educators will be selected for participation.

For more information, visit the web site, or contact Esther Shisoka, MPH,, (404) 498-6359

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.

Free Online Science Safety Certification


Over the past 30 years Flinn Scientific has successfully trained more than 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers in classroom and laboratory safety via safety seminars, safety workshops, and safety related email. They have developed the seven unique laboratory safety courses listed above that you can view online 24/7 absolutely FREE. You can now become “Flinn Certified” in high school or middle school laboratory safety. Sign up for a free account today and click on the High School or Middle School Safety Course tab for more information.

From Learning to Research 2012-2013 Cohort

Deadline: March 15, 2012


Are you or do you know a middle through high school GLOBE teacher interested in collaborating with other teachers, students, and scientists from around the U.S.? We would like to invite you to apply to the NSF ITEST-funded grant "From Learning to Research: Developing Future Earth Science Scientists and Professionals" 2012-2013 Cohort.

GLOBE teachers (6-12th grades) from the United States are invited to apply. The goal of the project is to assist teachers in assembling a locally focused climate project with their students while collaborating with schools and scientists from around the U.S.

Teacher will attend a summer institute from 6-13 July in Boulder, CO. All travel, food, and lodging will be covered by the grant. Then, during the 2012-2013 school year, teachers will be expected to participate in the following:

  • Participation with students in online collaboration with other classrooms, including bi-weekly webinars for teachers
  • Participation with students at a spring 2013 virtual student conference
  • Assembling and completing a locally focused climate project with students in one of these four areas: Aerosols and/or Ozone and Climate; General Atmosphere/Climate; Hydrology and Climate; Land Cover Changes and/or Phenology and Climate
  • Completing required assessments, surveys, collecting and entering classroom data

Teachers will receive the following:

  • $1000 Stipend
  • Equipment to support GLOBE activities
  • Opportunity to connect with scientists and other schools across the U.S.
  • Access to inquiry-based climate and Earth System Science curriculum materials
  • An estimated 40 hours of customized professional development
  • Access to a network of content-area and technology specialists
  • The opportunity to share findings and projects at professional conferences and/or meetings

If you are not a trained GLOBE teacher, but are using GLOBE data in your classroom, please contact for training information.

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

Math Teachers' Circle Workshops

Deadline: March 16, 2012


Apply now for the summer workshops "How to Run a Math Teachers' Circle" and "Math Teachers' Circle Immersion." Math teachers' circles put middle school math teachers in regular contact with mathematicians to work collaboratively on mathematical problem solving in the context of rich problems.

Microsoft Partners in Learning U.S. Forum

Deadline: May 15, 2012


Microsoft is currently accepting applications for their 2012 Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The forum is designed to be a time for educators to share their innovative ideas and create new ideas in collaboration with each other. Educators accepted into the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum to be held July 31- August 1 in Redmond, WA will have their expenses paid by Microsoft.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers

Deadline: March 21, 2012


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers is a two-week workshop for middle school science and math teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.

Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:

  • increased understanding of the subjects they teach,
  • increased understanding of how scientific research is performed,
  • materials and resources to implement what they learned at NIST in their classrooms,
  • increased enthusiasm for science, and
  • a network of scientists and engineers at NIST with whom to consult.

Teachers finish the NIST Summer Institute with a wealth of new knowledge about core topics such as forensics and materials science, and materials to integrate these topics into their classroom while meeting curriculum standards. Each school district may nominate one teacher per middle school in the district; applications must be submitted by the district, not the individual teacher.

New Science Teacher Academy

Deadline: July 1, 2012


NSTA and sponsoring corporations invite middle and high school science teachers in their second or third year of teaching to apply to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy. More than 200 teacher applicants will win a scholarship for the 2011-2012 Academy program. "Fellows" in the Academy will enjoy the following:

  • Membership in NSTA with full benefits
  • Access to facilitated, web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy
  • One-on-one e-mentoring, specific to the Fellow's discipline and grade band
  • All expenses paid to NSTA's National Conference (lodging, airfare, meals, and registration included)
  • Attendance at a PD Institute or Research Conference

Oustanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA)

Deadline: March 15, 2012


Sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), the OBTA program recognizes an outstanding biology educator (grades 7-12) in each of the 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Canada; Puerto Rico; and overseas territories. Candidates do not have to be NABT members, but they must have at least three years of public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. Nominees must have devoted a major portion of the career to teaching biology/life science, and candidates will be judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships. OBTA recipients will be honored at a special event during the NABT Professional Development Conference.

Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award

Deadline: March 15, 2012


Sponsored by Ken-A-Vision and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), this award recognizes outstanding teaching of grades 7-12 by a biology/life science instructor within his or her first three years of teaching (when nominated). The nominee must have developed an original and outstanding program or technique and made a contribution to the profession. The awardee will receive a plaque at the NABT Professional Development Conference and a complimentary one-year NABT membership.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Deadline: Nominations close April 1, 2012; Applications due May 1, 2012


The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. The 2012 PAEMST will award U.S. mathematics or science teachers in grades K–6. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Presidential awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors Teacher Contest

Deadline: April 2, 2012


Develop and submit a lesson plan and you could win $250 and a collection of resources for your classroom! Visit the 4th Annual Rubber Band Contest website for official contest rules, entry forms, and more information. The Rubber Band Contest is hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy at The University of Akron.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year

Deadline: March 5, 2012


The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year award recognizes and rewards an outstanding teacher who is working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. One teacher will win USD 10,000, an expenses-paid trip for themselves and one guest to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

Student Opportunities

Citizen Science Opportunity: Microbial Diversity


The Astrobiology Research Center with Pennsylvania's NASA Space Grant program is piloting a citizen science project to study microbial diversity in household water systems. They are currently recruiting 3 households from every state, including DC and Puerto Rico, to acquire a water sample from their kitchen tap and answer about 20 questions. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about astrobiology.

Craig Tufts Education Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2012


Students between the ages of 8-18 are invited to apply for the 2012 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship to attend a week-long nature adventure camp in Colorado. The winning student will receive a full paid scholarship for themselves and an adult chaperone (including airfare, lodging, food and registration fees). To receive the application package, please contact Eliza Russell at

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Deadline: April 19, 2012


The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Open to students in grades 5-8, the Young Scientist Challenge provides the opportunity for one lucky student to win: $25,000, a once-in-a-lifetime trip with Discovery Student Adventures, and the distinguished title, "America's Top Young Scientist."

Ten finalists will have the opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during an exclusive summer mentorship and bring their innovative ideas to life.

Go to the URL above for:

  • Entry topics and guidelines
  • Lessons and interactives to use in the classroom
  • A letter to send home to parents (in both English and Spanish)
  • Free downloadable certificates for your classroom's science stars

Do Something Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Deadline: Ongoing and Various


DoSomething.Org offers a myriad of opportunities for students to take action, learn, collaborate, and make a difference, including $500 seed grants, $250 "project pitch" grants , and $250 Do Something Club grants.

Gr 3-6: Kids’ Science Challenge Opportunity

Deadline: Ongoing, beginning in October 2011


The Kids’ Science Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Pulse of the Planet, is a nationwide annual competition in which students in grades 3–6 submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. An online video provides an overview of this year’s challenge topics: Zero Waste, Animal Smarts and Meals on Mars. Through the video, students will learn what the scientists and engineers are challenging them to do: to come up with ideas or inventions that no one has thought of before.

Google Science Fair


In January 2012, Google will launch the second annual Google Science Fair. The Google Science Fair is an international competition which encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. In partnership with CERN, National Geographic, LEGO and Scientific American, Google invites these students to post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The Grand Challenges Contest

Deadline: Ongoing, through March 30, 2012


Created to inspire students to pursue a STEM education, The Grand Challenges Contest is open to K-12, college and university students in public and private schools. Students are asked to summarize their science or engineering solution to one of the following challenges: harnessing solar power, providing access to clean water, or restoring urban infrastructure. Winners receive cash and an invitation to participate in the US Science and Engineering Festival.

Kavli Science and Engineering Video Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2012


Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit entries to the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Content. Videos should explore the main contest theme, "Save the World through Science and Engineering." Students should use their imaginations and investigative skills to tackle global challenges, explore new frontiers, and discuss the inventions that help mankind and improve life on our planet. Top entries will receive cash awards and the best videos will be shown at the Festival Expo, April 27-29, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo.

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Deadline: March 12, 2012


Middle school students (grades 5-8) and educators are invited to submit video game designs as part of this national competition. Individual and team entries (up to four members) are accepted. Prizes include laptops, cash prizes, and seed money (for educator entries).

National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Deadline: March 16, 2012


Spaced Out Sports is a national design challenge that asks students to design a game for the International Space Station astronauts to play in space – Newton’s Laws of Motion must be considered carefully! The goal is for students to learn the science behind the game on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via a playbook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home school groups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: First Place -- NASA school-wide or program-wide celebration (U.S. teams only); top three teams -- games played on the space station and recorded for a future broadcast; all contributing schools and programs -- opportunity to participate in a Digital Learning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Extensive Spaced Out Sports student and educator resources are available online. Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s Stennis Space Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.

Science Buddies-Astellas Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest

Deadline: April 1, 2012


U.S. students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit chemistry projects as part of this national competition. Students must complete project display boards describing their final projects. Content submissions must include either digital photos, word processor documents, or PDF documents of all the following parts of the project display board:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Question
  • Variables and hypothesis
  • Materials list
  • Experimental procedure
  • Data analysis including data charts and/or graphs
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bibliography

Prizes are awarded to the top male and female student in high school and middle school. High school winners receive USD 500 (cash), and middle school winners receive USD 250 (cash). In additionally, one student will win a USD 50 Amazon gift card from a random drawing of all entrants.

Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors

Deadline: April 2, 2012


Visit the 4th Annual Rubber Band Contest website for official contest rules, entry forms, and more information. The Rubber Band Contest is hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy at The University of Akron. Highlights of the contest are: Over $14,000 in prizes will be awarded and Two divisions: Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering

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This page is brought to you by the staff of the Middle School Portal 2: Mathematics and Science Pathways (MSP2) project. Connect with colleagues and find exemplary resources at Email any comments to

Copyright 2009-2011 - The Ohio State University. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 0840824. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.