Grants & Contests

1/29/2014 9:00:00 PM

Search for America’s 2014 Top Young Scientist

Peyton Robertson, America’s 2013 Top Young Scientist, presents his final project at the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge final event at the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.

Discovery Education and 3M announce the opening of the 16th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for students in grades 5-8. Encouraging students to share their passion for science, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge asks students to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Deadline: April 22, 2014

Details: www.youngscientistchallenge.com

Win a Wireless Lab

CDW-G and Discovery Education announced the launch of the 12th annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes program. The 2014 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes will award two schools $45,000 each in technology grants, including on-site professional development from CDW-G and Discovery Education and a $5,000 Discovery Education digital media reward. U.S. public and private school employees are eligible to enter the sweepstakes once a day or increase their daily entries via Twitter at @WinWirelessLab. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also award technology prizes to 16 weekly winners. Winners will be selected at random from each week’s entries.

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Details: www.winawirelesslab.com

Social Media Survey Shows Teachers Still Concerned

A new national survey from University of Phoenix College of Education suggests K-12 teachers remain unclear about how to integrate social media into the classroom. Here are some of the key findings:

* Eighty percent of K-12 teachers worry about using social media with students and parents.

* More than a third who use social media have experienced issues with students and/or parents attempting to connect with them via social media.

* Only 17% of K-12 teachers encourage their students to connect with them via social media, and only 18% have integrated it into their classrooms.

* Less than one-third of teachers have received training on how to use social media to connect with their students, or as an educational tool.

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