Grants, Contests & Awards

Are you a K-12 or college science teacher? Have you developed innovative uses for data collection technology such as a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom? If so, you are eligible to apply for Vernier Software and Technology's Vernier Technology Awards. Five awards will be made: one elementary (K-5); two middle school (6-8); three high school (9-12); and one at the college level. Each winner receives $1,000 toward expenses to attend the National Science Teachers Association National Convention, $1,000 in cash, and $1,000 worth of Vernier products. To enter, visit www.nsta.org/566 and download the guidelines and application form. Deadline for submissions is October 15.

Delta Education, LLC, sponsors the Delta Education Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching. Three pre-K-12 science teachers will be honored for their work using inquiry-based instruction to enhance teaching and learning. Each winner receives $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Science Teachers Association National Convention, a $1,500 cash prize, and a commemorative plaque. In addition to the nomination form, application packets must include a description of the science program, a copy of the lab activity, the nominee's vita, and letters of support. Guidelines are available at www.nsta.org/565. Deadline for nominations is October 15.

TechXplore, sponsored by the Electronics Industries Foundation, is an online mentoring program and competition. Teams of middle or high school students work collaboratively with technical advisors from electronics and high-tech companies to solve real-world problems. All teams' work is posted online and scored for an international competition. Top-scoring teams are presented with an award at an event in Washington, D.C. Each team that completes the process receives a trophy, and each student receives a certificate of accomplishment. Teacher-sponsors receive gift certificates for the purchase of science- or technology-related items. For additional information, visit www.eifcentral.org/index.cfm. Teams must register by October 24. Deadline for teamwork is February 27, 2004.

K-6 teachers in public and private U.S. schools may apply for the Toshiba America Foundation's Small Grants Program for K-6 Science and Math Education. The grants, up to $5,000, fund programs and activities that improve learning in science, mathematics, and technology. Projects must provide direct benefits to students and should include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences that occur during the regular school day and require at least three class sessions to complete. Deadline for submissions is October 1. Application information is available at www.toshiba.com/taf.

The theme of Technology & Learning's Portraits of Learning Digital Photography Contest for K-12 students is "Learning with Technology." Students may submit up to three digital photos taken between September 1, 2002 and October 1, 2003. Previous winning photos may not be resubmitted. Images may be in black and white or color and must be no larger than 8" x 12". The entry form requires a brief written explanation of how each photo illustrates technology's role in learning. Details about contest rules and entry forms are available at www.techlearning.com/content/contest. Winning photos will be published in the December 2003 Awards Issue of Technology & Learning. Deadline for entries is October 1.

Technology & Learning's Ed Tech Leaders of the Year Program recognizes K-12 teachers, administrators, and technology specialists who use technology in innovative ways to enhance learning and motivate students. Semifinalists receive a one-year subscription to Technology & Learning, a personalized award certificate, and recognition in the December 2003 Awards Issue of the magazine. Four finalists receive all the above plus a spotlight article in the December 2003 Awards Issue. The national winner receives all the above plus a Zire 71 handheld, Mobile Mentor software, an invitation to sit on the T&L Editorial Advisory Board, and an invitation to be a guest editor for techlearning.com. Application information is available at www.techlearning.com/content/contest. Nomination deadline is September 15.

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