Contest and Grant News

Contest and Grant News

Change the World

The national sustainability challenge for K-12 students, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, asks students to team up with classmates under teachers/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8), and world (grades 9-12). Now entering its fourth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the NSTA, and the College Board. Students at all levels use scientific investigation and Web-based curriculum tools to create a replicable green solution.

To register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, visit

Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Grant Rewards Innovative Science Educators

Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) are accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The awards, valued at $3,000 each, will recognize up to seven educators who demonstrate the best inquiry- based, hands-on learning activities using data-collection technology interfaced with computers, TI graphing calculators and other handheld devices such as the Vernier LabQuest.

Each award consists of $1,000 in cash, $1,000 in Vernier equipment and up to $1,000 towards travel and expenses for attending NSTA’s 2012 National Convention.

Deadline: November 30, 2011.

Challenge Their Creativity

Adobe announced The Imagination Challenge, encouraging all students to creatively express themselves across diverse fields, such as engineering, architecture, science, art or literature. During the four entry periods through October 30, students can download a free trial of CS5.5 Student and Teacher Editions, create something original and unique to them and then upload it to the Imagination Gallery. Voters will choose one winner during each entry period who will win $10,000.

For more contest details, visit

Lamp-Free Projector Technology Grant

U.S. schools can enter Casio’s Lamp- Free Projector Technology Grant for a chance to win a mobile classroom package worth $12,500. The mobile classroom package includes a Casio short-throw projector, Casio pen and software, 30 pairs of Casio 3D active glasses, and an AVRover Cart equipped with a 3D computer. To apply for the grant, visit

Deadline: October 31, 2011

20th Anniversary Grant

PCI Education, a provider of resources for students with special needs, announces the sponsorship of a grant in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. Hosted on the online community WeAreTeachers, the grant provides special education teachers the opportunity to earn money for their classroom while collaborating and sharing best practices with educators across the country.

The grant application can be found at through October 11. Voting will begin on October 13, when the submitted projects will be posted online for public view.