Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

Opportunities/Grants for Teachers

There are wonderful opportunities for teachers to learn science, spread their wings, fly, swim, sail, and hike. Permission to be a "lab rat'? Here! Permission to explore the Amazon or sail the oceans? Here! The following listing includes programs that some Connecticut teachers have participated in. If you know of more, have experienced them, or just dream of them, contact us at

2017-2018 School Year

Technology Teacher Grant

 Share your tech-focused lesson plan and win up to $1000 for your classroom.  Submit your lesson plan for students gr K-8 that teach students why technology is important, and how to use it, in your subject.  Due December 9, 2017

Maury Project

Offered in the summer in Annapolis, Maryland by the American Meteorological Society. Teachers participate in sessions on ocean science and lead peer training sessions when they return to their home districts. July 8 - 20, 2018   Applications are due March 19, 2018.  Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.   
 Project Atmosphere

AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics.  Offered July 15 -21, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Applications are due on March 26, 2018.    American Meteorological Society

National Geographic Grosvenor Fellowship

This fellowship is open to both formal and informal educators honoring excellence in K-12 geographic education.  Teachers are given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and work with an amazing group of educators.  Applications must be received by December 31, 2017.  Applicants must be National Geographic Certified Educators.  They must have completed phase one by the time of application and phase two by March 2018.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

    This program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished k-12 educators in STEM fields to serve in the national education arena.  Fellows spend 11 months working in Federal agencies or in the U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.  Monthly stipend, travel, moving and healthcare expenses provided in addition to other benefits.   Application is due on November 16, 2017

Fund for Teachers

This national program helps teachers to travel to workshops, conferences, or places of interest that will enhance their personal growth and curriculum.  Write a grant that includes your goals and how it will impact your classroom.  Develop a budget and send it in by January 31, 2018.  Single fellowships of up to $5000, or team fellowships of up to $10,000.    Applications are available on October 1, 2017

Earthwatch Teacher Fellows

Teach Earth Fellowships are partially or fully funded.  Participate in science research and share with your classes.   Sites are national and international.  Applications are due between September 25, 2017 and January 8, 2018.   Project Kindle has 8 fellowships for high school teachers interested in bringing students on an expedition.  Fellows will experience an expedition while planning to take their students on a future expedition. 

Teacher at Sea

 NOAA's Teacher at Sea program places kindergarten through high school teachers with NOAA scientists on board research vessels. Applications are available on October 1. Applications are due on November 30, 2017

Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

Connecticut Space Grant Consortium offers funding to K-12 students/teachers for workshops on aeronautics and aerospace and STEM related activities.  Applications priority deadlines are December 1st (for award period January 1st to June 30th) and June 1st (for award period July 1st to December 31st); applications received after priority deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded if funds are available

Honeywell Space Academy

Attend Space Camp!!  Enough said...  Applications are due on November 14, 2017 for the summer of 2018.  Dates of camp are June 13-19, 2018 and June 20-26, 2018.

Earth Expeditions 

OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2017) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. 

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle.Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Due date to apply is January 28, 2018

PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

   PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from both teachers and researchers for teacher research experiences.  For 2018-2019, we will be accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (grades 6-12) Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2018 (usually Arctic) or 2018-19 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.  Applications are due on Monday, October 2, 2017

Past Opportunities for 2016-17 school year

Join the 2017 JASON Argonaut Team

Eager to communicate your science knowledge spending 3-10 days working with scientists in the field?  JASON Learning is looking for science teachers to send on one of their expeditions.  Applications are due by January 15, 2017.

CSET - Center to Support Excellence in Teaching

  Fully funded two-year fellowship for high school teachers (math, science, history, English) from across teh US with 2-7 years of teaching experience.  All expenses paid, stipend included, and experience high-quality PD with Stanford University faculty.   Applications are open from October 17, 2016 until January 16, 2017

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship

Five day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) for middle and high school teachers at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.  Applications are due February 15, 2017.   Travel, lodging and board are not included. 

Real World Science - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology

This professional development opportunity sponsored by Northup Grummen is offered to 5th - 8th grade teachers who have taught from 2-10 years.  It will take place from July 23-28, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.  Application and more information can be found here.  Due February 24, 2017

Elementary Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy

        ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute are holding their 9th annual Leadership Academy in Earth Science on June 25-30 in Houston.  Academy related travel, lodging and subsistence costs are covered.  Teams of 3-4 are encouraged but not required.  Science supervisors and principals should nominate teachers by the priority review date of March 10.  More information

Maury Project

Offered in the summer in Annapolis, Maryland by the American Meteorological Society. Teachers participate in sessions on ocean science and lead peer training sessions when they return to their home districts. July 9-21, 2017.   Applications are due March 20, 2017.  Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.   
 Project Atmosphere

AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics.  Offered July 16 -28, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Applications are due on March 27, 2017.    American Meteorological Society

2017 School of Rock on the JOIDES Resolution

   Attend the professional development workshop onboard the scientific ocean drilling ship the JOIDES Resolution as it transits from Subic Bay, Philippines to Townsville Australia on July 10 - 27.  This is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together.  If accepted, all expenses are paid.  Information and application - Due April 7.   

Vernier 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon

Explore Amazon conservation, sustainability, & field research with a small cohort of your fellow Environmental Science and Biology colleagues.  Grant Application is due on March 7, 2017.   Information on 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest.  July 1-11, 2017

FDA Food Safety and Nutrition

Science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks and recalls.  Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 16 – 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.  Application is due before April 18, 2017.  More information and guides.

Institute for Conservation Research     

         Workshop for middle and high school life science teachers held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA.  Spend 4-days, 3 nights in the Wildlife park experiencing behind-the-scenes research and developing lessons on conservation.  Meals and lodging are included, $500 stipend given for full participation.  New this year, teachers are encouraged to apply in school site teams of 2-4 teachers.  They can be cross-curricular and different grades.   Application and information for the 2017 program can be found here. Flyer available.  Applications close on April 2, 2017.

UCONN Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA)

      Three day professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers who teach Earth Science.  The workshop will teach online mapping tools and offer curricular and technological resources for participants to design 5-7 modules on a Water and Sustainability Science unit using NGSS standards.  No cost for the program.   August 16-18, 2017  Learn more about the Teacher Professional Learning Program.  Application 

Residential Summer Workshops at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering -The daVinci Project  July 10-14, 2017
 Introducing our students to engineering is a national need.  Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems.  The UConn School of Engineering is holding its 18th annual daVinci Project.   It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 10-14.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 10 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant.  Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration!  We have 27 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district.     Application  due June 16, 2017

Kevin McLaughlin
Director, Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center
University of Connecticut, 
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3187
Storrs, CT  06269
Phone:  (860)  486-9306
Fax:      (860)  486-3045

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) National Summer Institute

         The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 16-21, 2017 in Denver, Colorado for middle and high school teachers.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations.  Participants will be introduced to teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom.  Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are selected to participate in this program and reside more than 50 miles from the venue.  Information and application.  No due date is listed.  

 6-day educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) June 26-July 1, 2017

Presently there are 12 Connecticut schools that participate in field study courses at BIOS. (Amity HS, Hamden HS, RHAM HS, Fitch HS, Rockville HS, Marine Science Magnet HS, Sound School, Milton Academy, Greens Farm Academy, Vernon MS, Tolland MS, Har-Bur MS)

If you think your students could benefit from this educational opportunity, you might be interested in this summer professional development workshop that will prepare you to lead your own school field study course at BIOS in the future.

This Educator Training Workshop offers middle and high school teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, pre-service teachers, and informal educators the opportunity to learn how to plan and execute future educational field study courses for their students at BIOS. Between June 26-July 1, up to 12 participants will take part in this educational workshop and explore themes for potential future visiting groups such as:

  • Oceanography and Marine Science: including lab and STEM activities, coral reef exploration, and low tide collection of certain species.
  • An introduction to cutting-edge Glider technology, and how these underwater robots can revolutionize ocean studies and student involvement in the classroom.
  • Island Ecology and Geology: Nonsuch Island conservation of rare and threatened species (including the Cahow) and habitats.
  • Bermuda and U.S. History: Colonization of St George’s, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War.   
  • Scientific Exploration Past and Present: William Beebe, global climate initiative and AUV gliders.

Boyce Thompson Institute's Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology

July 2017 at Cornell University.  7-12th grade and community college science teachers learn and design new plant-based curriculum that integrates into STEM courses and aligns with NGSS standards.  On-campus housing, some meals, travel award and stipend will be provided to teachers who successfully complete the program.

      Boyce Thompson Institute  Applications will be available in January 2017

Inquiry in RainForests

This course will run from July 7-20, 2017  in Costa Rica.  Five teacher scholarships are available.  Hands-on field-based instruction at an internationally-renowned institution for research and education.  Engage in learning activities and become skilled in video production and techniques to document your work.  Scholarship applications are available now, and due by April 1.  

Hog Island Audubon Camp: Sharing Nature: An Educators' Week Workshop

ETHNICALLY-DIVERSE CONNECTICUT TEACHERS! - Enhance your environmental education methods and knowledge. SIX 80% Scholarships will be awarded for summer 2017.  SCHOLARSHIP: $900 towards $1,095 registration fee (Price includes program, lodging, boat travel, all meals). It will be at Hog Island Audubon Camp, Muscongus Bay, Maine, JULY 16 - JULY 21, 2017
Features of Educators' Week:
  • Designed for science and non-science educators to generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum.
  • Inspiring and experienced instructors will share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging you, and your students, with nature.
  • Workshop presentations and guided field trips on the island 
  • Share techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling, and other disciplines.
  • Interactive workshop: "Increasing Diversity in Environmental Education" led by Chandra Taylor Smith, Ph.D. Vice President, Community Conservation and Education, National Audubon Society.

TO APPLY: E-mail letter of interest and names & contact info. of  2 professional references to Camp Director Pete Salmansohn at   Awards given on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly suggested.

"Connecticut Science Teachers Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5, Middletown, CT 06457 Copyright 2016 

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