Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

  • Wed, April 08, 2015 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to persons currently teaching math in grades 6-8 to support the incorporation of materials or lessons which actively engage students in tasks and experiences that deepen their content knowledge....
    Deadline: 11/6/2015

    Link to grant

  • Wed, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM | Anonymous
    Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to persons currently teaching math in grades 6-8 to support the incorporation of materials or lessons which actively engage students in tasks and experiences that deepen their content knowledge....

  • Thu, March 26, 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    STEM Project-Based Learning Through Immersion in an Authentic Research Experience

    For Immediate Release
    March 20, 2015

    Time Critical: interested schools are directed to inquire about the program no later than April 30, 2015

    For information on the Mission 9 to ISS flight opportunity, and to get a detailed understanding of the program, read the SSEP Home Page:

    SSEP Mission 9 to ISS will provide each participating community a real research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS in Spring 2016, and return it safely to Earth for harvesting and analysis. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams across the community submit research proposals, and go through a formal proposal review process to select the flight experiment. The design competition – from program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams – spans 9 weeks from September 7 to November 6, 2015. A curriculum and content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science conducted in microgravity (in a weightless environment) and experiment design. Additional SSEP program elements leverage the experience to engage the entire community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education.

  • Wed, November 19, 2014 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The Challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

    Schools interested in the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curricula, which comes with flight simulation software powered by X-Plane. Teachers will guide students through the science of flight and airplane design, completing the curricula in approximately six weeks in the classroom or in four weeks through an accelerated program. Each high school will apply what they have learned by modifying the design of a Glasair Sportsman airplane that seats four adults. The schools will then compete in a virtual fly-off, which will be scored on aerodynamic and performance parameters while flying a specific mission profile, as well as other factors.

    The competition is free to enter. Please note that the Challenge is open to the first 100 schools that register, and only one teacher per school may register. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Your school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.

    The registration form is attached. If you decide to participate, please complete it and send it to this e-mail address.

    Mary Lynn J. Rynkiewicz

    Director of Communications

    General Aviation Manufacturers Association

    +1 (202) 637-1375 (office)

    +1 (202) 280-9878 (cell)

    GAMA_Build A Plane 2015 Aviation Design Challenge_Final.docx

    For more information about the competition, visit

  • Fri, November 14, 2014 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Accepting 2015 applications for global grad courses (most tuition waived)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2014) - Applications are being accepted for 2015 field courses and the Global Field Program master’s degree, which offer groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas (see

    Earth Expeditions graduate courses bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand.

    Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

    Earth Expeditions and the GFP master’s degree can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Earth Expeditions:
    Global Field Program:

    Applicants may be interested in Project Dragonfly's additional master's degree, the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), co-delivered with premier learning institutions in select U.S. cities. Current AIP sites are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. For more information, please visit

    Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate programs worldwide. Dragonfly is based in the Department of Biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809 and listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.

    CONTACT: Mary Jo Lahrmann
    Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056

    Like Project Dragonfly on Facebook at

  • Thu, October 02, 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!.

    Check out the resources pages for activities.

  • Sat, September 27, 2014 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    Great prizes for students, teachers and schools!
    School has started and there has never been a better time to make Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision a part of your class. While you're shaping up this year's lesson plans, think about including the world's largest science K-12 competition. Not only does it give your students an exciting, hands-on learning experience, but teachers who coach an ExploraVision team can utilize the program broadly, incorporate the competition into their curriculum, and use it as an opportunity to work toward the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by engaging students in problem solving and critical thinking activities.

    ExploraVision encourages students of all grade levels to imagine what technology might be like in the future. All it takes is a teacher sponsor like you to encourage your students to participate and fuel their excitement for scientific discovery.

    Getting started is easy.

    Register online, check out our teacher resources and start adding teams!

    To celebrate ExploraVision’s 23rd anniversary, the top 23 teachers who submit over 23 eligible online entries will receive a Toshiba Tablet.

  • Sat, September 27, 2014 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    NSTA has been conducting an ongoing series of web seminars to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  During the 2014-15 School year, the focus will be on the elementary grades with a new web seminar each month focused on a particular grade.

    • deepen their understanding of how the three dimensions of NGSS (practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) are designed to blend together during classroom instruction;
    • dive into one or two examples of what the teaching and learning to achieve NGSS looks like in a specific grade; and
    • discuss instructional practices with other teachers of the same grade level and begin the development of a grade-level community in the NSTA Learning Center to support students learning.

    Teaching NGSS in Elementary SchoolundefinedFirst Grade, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Teaching NGSS in Elementary SchoolundefinedSecond Grade, Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Teaching NGSS in Elementary SchoolundefinedThird Grade, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Teaching NGSS in Elementary SchoolundefinedFourth Grade, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Teaching NGSS in Elementary SchoolundefinedFifth Grade, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
  • Sat, July 26, 2014 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    As you’re looking to your grades 6-12 STEM enrichment planning for 2014-15, you might want to take a look at the AIAA Educator Academy’s  Electric Airplane Challenge. It’s a comprehensive, tested curriculum and capstone event designed by AIAA to...

  • Sat, July 19, 2014 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom?CLEAN has just launched a brand new, searchable portal of online learning activities, videos and visualizations on climate and energy.

    The Brand New CLEAN Portal offers the following resources and support:

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