Connecticut Science Teachers Association

"...to 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 CTSciTeachers@gmail.com.

Visit the National Science Teachers Association calendar for more opportunities and grants

2020-2021 School Year



The Ecology School presents: The Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation!

!Calling All Teachers: Thanks to the generosity of Poland Spring, The Ecology School is able to do something we’ve wanted to do for years - a multi-day Teacher Institute!  This August, the Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation will take place at River Bend Farm in Saco, Maine. Through application of The Ecology School’s pedagogy and teaching techniques developed through 20+ years of award-winning outdoor science lessons, attendees will be invited to learn how to bring more of their teaching and learning outdoors while exploring how water connects us all! The Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation sponsored by Poland Spring will be offered from Saturday July 31- Tuesday August 3 and Thursday August 5-August 8

And did we mention it's FREE? (What? Free? Yes. How free? Really free. Travel will be reimbursed for all participants, stipends awarded for participating, and additional scholarships to supplement childcare costs, lost summer income, etc. are available based on need.) Rolling admissions open TODAY for K-8 Educators!  https://theecologyschool.org/teacher-institute


FDA Virtual, Summer Professional Development Program in Food Science

Deadline for applying is May 15, 2021

The FDA Virtual Professional Development Program in Food Science is a training program for middle level and high school science, agriculture, health, and family and consumer science (FCS) teachers. This program provides teachers with an opportunity to learn how to provide inquiry-based lessons in food science for their students. This ongoing program is supported and directed by the FDA and administered by Graduate School USA.

This is a virtual workshop event scheduled for July 12 - 16 and July 19, 2021.

 Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2021-2022 school year and to do a workshop based on the curriculum for other teachers. 

To apply on line – deadline May 15, 2021- go tohttps://www.teachfoodscience.org

The Science and Our Food Supply curriculum guides on which the summer program is based are available from this website - https://www.fda.gov/food/students-teachers/science-and-our-food-supply

We strongly suggest you review these guides before applying for the summer workshop.

The Joint Science and Technology Institute for High School Teachers (JSTI East-T) is a two-week, fully- funded, residential STEM research program for current high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in the United States and Department of Defense schools around the world. JSTI provides teachers with world–class laboratory research experiences with research scientists. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for teachers to learn new skills and conduct STEM research, to learn about new and emerging careers in STEM, and to equip teachers to take the research and innovations in STEM fields back to their classrooms to inspire and encourage the ways in which they teach and their students’ career paths.

July 17 - 30, 2021               Applications are due March 22, 2021      East - Maryland    West - 

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Deadline: 2/19/2021

The award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected. Applicants will be evaluated based on five primary factors: innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, and integration of environmental education. Descriptions of winning projects can be found at https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

Teacher awardees will receive a presidential award plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. Teacher awardees will also receive a congratulatory letter from a senior official from EPA and/or the White House. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Honorable Mention recipients will receive certificates of recognition.

Vernier

Vernier Software & Technology is committed to helping educators develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. To show our support, we are announcing the Vernier Engineering Award. This annual award will be presented to one educator who is innovatively using Vernier products to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices with students.

The winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend an upcoming National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) STEM conference or an upcoming American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2021.

Project Atmosphere

Project Atmosphere is a hybrid (online & in-person) teacher professional development course offered by the American Meteorological Society's Education Program. Teacher-participants will be required to engage online learning modules prior to the on-site (NWSTC) portion of the course. At the conclusion of the on-site portion, teacher-participants will be asked to complete work in the course management system in collaboration with California University of Pennsylvania. This project is specifically designed for K-12 teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content.

Pre-residence online work: July 5-24, 2021
On-site residence experience: July 25-31, 2021
Post-residence online work: August 1-13, 2021

Application is due March 26, 2021

National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC)
Kansas City, Missouri

Participant Support

Project Ocean

Project Ocean is a hybrid (online & in-person) teacher professional development course offered by the American Meteorological Society's Education Program. Teacher-participants will be required to engage online learning modules prior to the on-site (Washington College) portion of the course. At the conclusion of the on-site portion, teacher-participants will be asked to complete work in the course management system in collaboration with California University of Pennsylvania. This project is specifically designed for K-12 teachers who teach science courses with oceanography content.

Pre-residence online work: July 5-17, 2021
On-site residence experience: July 18-24, 2021
Post-residence online work: July 25-August 13, 2021

Applications are due by March 26, 2021

Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland

Participant Support

  • Stipend of $100
  • Housing for six nights, arranged by AMS
  • Meals
  • Round-trip air or land travel from US home to Chestertown, Maryland
  • Instructional and laboratory supplies
  • Tuition
  • Set of instructional materials

Birding Grants!

The Hartford Audubon Society is pleased to announce their annual Mini-Grant opportunity.  The purpose of the mini-grants is to help fund and support initiatives within the State of Connecticut and especially within the Hartford County area, which directly benefit the bird life in our state. It is part of the Hartford Audubon Society’s mission to awaken a wider public interest in the enjoyment, preservation, and protection of birds and their habitat.  

Projects may request a grant of up to $1,000.  All projects must demonstrate some benefit to birds and/or birding in Connecticut .  Past awards have included raptor enclosures, window strike material demonstrations, educational publications, and bird habitat plantings.  Applications are due by 5 pm on February 15th, 2021.  The brief application form and guidelines are provided on the HAS website. Winners will be notified in March and receive checks shortly thereafter.  Applications should be emailed to:  info@hartfordaudubon.org  with “Mini-grant Application” in the subject line. 

EPA Award Nominations 2021 President’s Environmental Teacher

 Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions will be selected to receive the PIAEE award. Connecticut is in region 1. Teachers will receive a presidential plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Winning teachers’ local education agencies will also receive awards of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.  The application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PIAEE page. Applications are due on February 19, 2021.

NEA Learning and Leadership Grants

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.
  • Applicants must be NEA Members. 
  • Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.
  • Application Period: December 2 - February 28     2021 Notifications: May 2021

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Grants For Grades 6 - 12

  • Do you teach in a middle and high school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) learning in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning STEM subjects fun for your students?

See website for due dates.  Gr. 6-12 less than 5K are due by Dec. 1, other categories have Spring due dates.  

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grants

Classroom grants, up to $500, can be used for a variety of projects and materials including, but not limited to, books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.  Due March 1, 2021




2019-2020 School Year 

NGSS Sensemakers Project

     This professional learning community will receive NGSS-designed curriculum units and support for two years. This is for middle (@openscied) and high school teachers (modelbasedbiology.com), preference going to 3-4 teachers from the same district although pairs will be considered. It includes 5 days of PD at Northwestern University (July 13-17, 2020) including food, lodging and travel expenses.  There will be bi-weekly virtual study groups with facilitators and colleagues.   A stipend of $1000/year is also included.  

Real World Science at the National WWII Museum

The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will teach science to 5th–8th graders in the following school year to The National WWII Museum for a weeklong training experience. Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers; teachers from public schools and public charter schools are accepted. Teachers will learn best practices in teaching science while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana, and a field day performing water quality studies at New Orleans City Park and Lake Pontchartrain. Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the Museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

This year’s cohort will join us in New Orleans on July 12–18, 2020. Applications are accepted from January 6, 2020, through March 13, 2020.

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.  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 2020 program can be found here.   Applications close on April 12, 2020.

FDA Food Safety and Nutrition   This will be virtual. Applications due 5.15.20

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 12 – 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.  

The week-long program includes an overview of the farm-to-table process, food safety and nutrition expert presentations, and more education resources. Participants learn how to conduct the Science and Our Food Supply lab experiments from college instructors. They also visit agricultural facilities and FDA labs.  Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2020 - 2021 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers. 

Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.  Application is due April 24, 2020.  More information and guides.

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  provides opportunities for educators to explore the concepts of intellectual property creation, development, and protection as it relates to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art, design, invention, and innovation. They convene educators from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and school districts throughout the country.   Explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP). 

Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website

3M TWIST

3M TWIST (Teachers Working in Science and Technology) invites middle and high school math, science and technology teachers to spend six weeks during the summer working closely with a 3M host on actual 3M research projects.  3M selects about 40 teachers for the program each year. The TWIST program currently brings in teachers to work at our 3M R&D facility in St. Paul MN and in our manufacturing plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina and Connecticut. During the six weeks of the project, the teachers work under the supervision of their hosts on a research project related to a 3M product or technology. Out of state applications are accepted until February 21, 2020

McDonald Observatory Workshops K-12

McDonald Observatory offers a spectacular setting for teacher workshops in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Workshops take place over three days and two nights and include telescope tours, discussions with resident researchers, and nighttime observations. Educators experience inquiry-based activities aligned with science and mathematics teaching standards, practice astronomy skills under the Observatory’s dark skies, and work with nationally recognized astronomy educators. Workshops take place over three days at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Participants are provided with housing in double occupancy rooms at the Astronomer’s Lodge on Mount Locke, rooms are shared with other educators. The $100 workshop fee is non refundable and covers the cost of room, meals, and all workshop materials. The fee is due once teachers are accepted to reserve their position. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation to/from McDonald Observatory.   Dates and themes are available on the website.   Application is due February 7, 2020

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 12 - 18, 2020   Applications are due March 27, 2020.  Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.

Project Atmosphere

AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics.  Offered July 26 - August 1, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Applications are due on March 27, 2020.  Stipend, transportation, and lodging provided.   American Meteorological Society

Smithsonian Teacher Innovator Institute

Middle School (grades 5-8) STEAM teachers with an interest in expanding their practice to include informal education techniques can Spend two weeks - July 6 - July 17 - in Washington, DC, working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Develop an individual project that you can take back to your school and gain the skills to incorporate museum learning into your practice, and meet colleagues from around the country. There is no cost for teachers to participate.

Application is due on February 21, 2020. 

JOIDES Resolution

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: 

Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational/outreach products! We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happenings to the general audience. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly, and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Onboard Outreach Officers for travel to and from ports of call, and a $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.

Onboard Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.

 Application deadline is February 10, 2020.   More information

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is excited to announce Teaching the Genome Generation 2020, a one-week, residential, free professional development short course for Connecticut STEM teachers focused on genomics & personal genetics. This hands-on course will focus on modern human genome biology and will cover:

o   Molecular Biology Techniques in the School Laboratory

o   Use of Bioinformatics and Genome Databases

o   Social, Ethical, and Legal Topics in Personal Genetics

o   Practical strategies for implementation in your classroom

The course will be held Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26, 2020 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Teachers will perform molecular biology and bioinformatics experiments in the teaching laboratory. Lively discussions of social, ethical, and legal topics in personal genetics will be woven into all aspects of the course. Teachers will be provided training in NGSS-aligned, inquiry-based lessons that can be implemented (in whole or in part) in their biology classroom. JAX will provide ongoing support (equipment, reagents, and instructional assistance) during the subsequent academic year in order to facilitate curricular integration of genomics instruction. Access to all lesson plans and curricular materials will be made freely available to all participants for use in their classes.

Participants will receive a stipend of $500, on-campus accommodations, and all meals. Participant travel expenses will also be covered and a certificate of contact hours will be conferred. An additional stipend of $500 is paid to teachers who implement the curriculum in their classroom.

Teaching the Genome Generation has already been implemented in schools across the state – we hope you will join the project! Enrollment is ongoing and will continue until the course is full. Feel free to share this message and the attached flyer widely. Register today! 

NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers : The Cold War through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum

July 20 - July 31. Open to all who fit the NEH eligibility criteria, this institute is most appropriate for middle and high school history, humanities, science and technology teachers.  Some spaces are reserved for new teachers.  Stipend: $2100 if all requirements are filled.  Application is due by March 1, 2020. 

Voya Unsung Heroes Grants

For two decades, and with nearly $5 million in awarded grants, Voya Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. 

Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

  • Innovative method
  • Creativity
  • Ability to positively influence the students

Each year, 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state.Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place.

Application is due by April 30, 2020.  Winners are announced in the fall.

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 30, 2020.  Single fellowships of up to $5000, or team fellowships of up to $10,000.  Webinars are offered to help CT teachers with applications.  Applications are due on January 30, 2020

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 December 10, 2019.   Applicants are expected to complete the requirements for National Geographic Certified Educators by December 2020.   Training sessions are offered.

Earth - Education and Research: Testing Hypothesis

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - August 3-7, Dobbs Ferry NY

Sail aboard the JOIDES Resolution

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: Expedition 390 South Atlantic Transect 1 (October 5, 2020 - December 5, 2020), and Expedition 393 South Atlantic Transect 2 (April 26, 2021 - June 26, 2021).

Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational/outreach products! We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happenings to the general audience. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly, and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Onboard Outreach Officers for travel to and from ports of call, and a $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.

Onboard Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.


Expedition 390 and 393 have a focus on microbiology. Before writing your project proposal, please familiarize yourself with the joidesresolution.org website and these specific resources: Adopt-A-Microbe and https://joidesresolution.org/microbiology-resources/. To apply, you will need to complete the application through our on-line application portal. During the application process, you will be asked to rank the expeditions in which you are interested. Our application has the following components:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date C.V.
  • A recommendation letter
  • Contact information for 2 additional references
  • A one-page proposal for what projects you would like to do while on-board
  • Answers to 3 short essay questions
  • A letter of support from your administrator, if needed

 Application deadline is November 17, 2019.

 For more information, visit http://joidesresolution.org/onboard-outreach-officer/

Fermilab Teacher Research Associates Program

Fermilab’s TRAC program provides outstanding science, mathematics, computer science and technology teachers with professional summer research experiences in science, engineering or technology. Increased teacher awareness and understanding of cutting-edge science and technology is then transferred to the classroom. Teachers are assigned Fermilab mentors and jobs that best match their skills and interests.

Full-time 7th-12th grade public, private or parochial school teachers with primary teaching assignments in science, math, computer science or technology education. Teachers must be assigned a full-time teaching load during the academic years prior to and following the TRAC appointment.

Application period is December 2, 2020 through February 16, 2020    Program dates are June - August 2020, salary $1040.00 weekly

Earthwatch Teacher Fellows

Teach Earth USA Fellowships are partially or fully funded.  Participate in science research and share with your classes.   Sites are national and international.  Teachers must complete and submit an interest form to determine if they meet the programs requirements. Applications are due between August 15, 2019 and January 10, 2020.  

National STEM Scholar Program

For: Middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers

The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholars each year. National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.

Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of applicants.

 In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each Scholar receives the following:

  • Advanced professional development on the campus of WKU May 31 - June 6, 2020. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in Chicago in April 2021. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty
Application is due February 1, 2020

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 2020-2021, 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 in the Arctic or Antarctic.   Applications are due on Monday, October 7, 2019.   


Earth Expeditions 


OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 3, 2019) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2020 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 2020 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. New for 2020: residents of the Jacksonville, Florida area can study and earn the AIP master's through Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, AIP's newest Master Institution. 

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Ecology Project International's 2020 Teacher Fellowship application period open July 1st! Early applications encouraged.  Deadline is September 1.  

EPI’s Teacher Fellowships provide unique professional development opportunities for educators to collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn about EPI's methods for teaching field science. In 2020, our Costa Rica, Baja, Belize and Yellowstone fellowships are set to offer you in-depth experience in the field.

Where would you like to practice field science—Baja, Belize, Yellowstone, or Costa Rica?



2018 - 2019  School Year

Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST)

Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience during summer 2019?

The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program. There will be two sessions of the FEST program during summer 2019: one during the week of July 22 and one during the week of July 29.

To apply, please send a short letter of interest (1-2 pages) describing your background and interest in the program, as well as your availability during the weeks of July 22 and/or July 29, to Professor Maureen Long (maureen.long@yale.edu). She can also be contacted with any questions or inquiries about the program. Letters of interest received by June 1, 2019 will receive full consideration; teacher participants will be notified by mid-June.


DaVinci Project

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 20th 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 15-19.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 8 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 33 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district.     Application  due June 15, 2019

Show Me The Evidence: Gulf of California Geology and the Scientific Ocean Drilling Program

School of Rock 2019

School of Rock is a professional development opportunity for formal and informal educators.  This year's program from September 8-18 in San Diego and the Scripps School of Oceanography.  The program will begin with a port call of the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific deep ocean drilling program.   Early career and pre-service teachers who are interested in the geosciences and work in diverse communities are encouraged to apply.  Travel expenses, room and board are fully paid. Applicants must provide a plan on how they will disseminate the information, a recent CV or resume, and one letter of recommendation. The application is due on May 15 

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program. Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 28 through August 2, 2019, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP). 

SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION BY JUNE 1, 2019!

Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website


The Beacon on Fios.Verizon.com, a Verizon authorized retailer is  currently offering two $1,000 grants for K-12 teachers. To apply, instructors need to submit a creative lesson plan detailing how you would use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in your classroom. The grant application is due on May 21. 

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 21 – 27, 2019 in Washington, DC.

During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD. Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2018 - 2019 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers. 

Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.  Application is due April 24, 2019.  More information and guides.


The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering a five-day Summer Institute for K-12 science teachers and science educators, August 12–16, 2019, at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. The institute, Ambitious Instruction for Energy & Climate Action, is a week-long dive for K-12 teachers into hands-on investigations, best instructional practices, and student-driven action. Tuition ($1400)  includes lodging and meals, with optional graduate credits; scholarships available. 

More information and application

Contact: Deanna Bailey, deanna@veep.org

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McDonald Observatory Workshops K-12

McDonald Observatory offers a spectacular setting for teacher workshops in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Workshops take place over three days and two nights and include telescope tours, discussions with resident researchers, and nighttime observations. Educators experience inquiry-based activities aligned with science and mathematics teaching standards, practice astronomy skills under the Observatory’s dark skies, and work with nationally recognized astronomy educators. Workshops take place over three days at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Participants are provided with housing in double occupancy rooms at the Astronomer’s Lodge on Mount Locke, rooms are shared with other educators. The $100 workshop fee is non refundable and covers the cost of room, meals, and all workshop materials. The fee is due once teachers are accepted to reserve their position. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation to/from McDonald Observatory.   Dates and themes are available on the website.   Application is due February 28, 2019

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.  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 2018 program can be found here.   Applications close on March 30, 2019.


Real World Science

is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

PROGRAM DATES: July 14 - 20, 2019

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply.  This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.

Applications will be accepted from January 7 – March 15, 2019

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

The July 1-11, 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a crosscurricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:

 21st Century Instruction: Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM ~ 5E

 Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!

 Global and Cultural Perspectives: ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education ~ Indigenous Cultures

$1250 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest available

TransAtlantic Outreach Program

Study tour to experience contemporary Germany.  

STEM educators - classroom teachers grades K-12, university methods teachers, curriculum coordinators.  Applications are due on January 28, 2019


Educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) 

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 24-June 29, 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.

Application Deadline is May 1.  Tuition cost is $1,200   Application Form

Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

CELESTRON BINOCULAR GIVEAWAY - 

 Celestron Optics is supporting 15 classrooms who participate in citizen-science projects and could benefit by having 10 high-quality optics. Whether you’re watching a bird feeder, going out on regular bird walks, or participating in a bio blitz… share with us how your students are practicing their science skills and what you could accomplish with 10 of these great Celestron Outland X 8×42 binoculars.

The giveaway application will open August 20, 2018. Application closes Friday, October 1, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. As a giveaway recipient you will be required to share your citizen-science experience using the binoculars through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Teachers at any school (both public and private) in the United States are welcome to apply.

Ecology Project International (EPI)

Ecology Project International (EPI), an international education and conservation nonprofit, has just opened the application period for its 2019 Teacher Fellowships. These 8-day hands-on professional development experiences for high school and college-level educators take place in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Baja California Sur, and Yellowstone National Park. Educators accepted into the program will collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn EPI's experiential education framework in the field.


EPI covers all costs, except a $250-$600 program fee and the participant's airfare to the program site.

Educators can learn more about the program, watch a video, and submit their applications here: www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship. The application period closes on September 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and early application is encouraged.


NITARP - NASA/ITEC Teacher Archive Research Program

NITARP gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. They partner small groups of largely high school educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.

The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications are available annually in May and due in September.

Some things that make this program different from many (if not most) other programs:

  1. Each team does original research using real astronomical data, not canned labs or reproductions of previously done research.
  2. Each team writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US). The posters are distributed throughout the meeting, in amongst other researchers' work; the participants are not "given a free pass" because they are educators and students. Each team also presents the educational results of their experience in the program.
  3. The program runs over 13 months, not just a few days or weeks.
  4. Teachers are encouraged to involve their students from the beginning of the program.
  5. The main program components involve multiple trips (for which NITARP pays) and a commitment from the teachers to educate others about their experiences, both of which are conducted over a minimum of 18 months to 2 years. 
  6. Applications are due by 3 pm PST on September 12, 2018

2017-2018 School Year

Archaeology Field School for Educators
Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, UConn
Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 9 am to 3 pm, Windsor, CT
Advance registration required: $50

Educators will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at the Archaeology Field School for Educators sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. This field school is designed to give educators who teach history and/or science in a classroom or museum setting a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticut’s fascinating past. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant’s understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist’s responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers. These lessons provide a first step toward developing the skills needed to undertake your own archaeological investigations with students. 
Participants will experience an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut. They will also learn about the role of the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology and how it can be an important resource in developing archeological lessons and activities for students. Space is limited. To request a registration form please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.edu or 860.486.5690.

Lamont Doherty Teacher at Sea

The Juhl Lab of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades NY is looking for an active classroom science teacher to join our scientific team as we conduct oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. The teacher selected will join an oceanographic research expedition leaving Gulfport MS aboard a research vessel from Aug 17 to Sept 3. The teacher must also be available in late July, or early August for training prior to the expedition (on the Lamont Campus in Palisades, NY). More information about the scientific goals of the project .

During the expedition the teacher will be responsible for working as a member of the scientific team, conduct their own small research project, and work with other team members to develop digital outreach materials related to the expedition’s scientific mission of understanding plankton ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It is likely that finalizing these outreach materials will require some continued work following the expedition.

 There is a physical component to work at sea that requires an accepting attitude towards spartan accommodations, long, and sometimes unpredictable hours, and the ability to go up and down stairs while carrying heavy boxes. We are able to support all reasonable travel costs related to participating in the expedition, and also will provide a partial stipend for the month of August.

 Anyone interested in this opportunity is encouraged to contact Andrew Juhl for more information. Formal applications for this opportunity can be sent to the address below. Review of the applications will begin after May 14, 2018, and the successful applicant will be notified by May 31, 2018. The application should include a) a 2 pg. resume, b) a short narrative description (~1 pg.) of your motivation, including a description of how you think this opportunity could benefit your classroom or other educational activities.

Contact Andrew Juhl, Ph.D; Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964    845-365-8837    andyjuhl@ldeo.columbia.edu

MDA STEM Education Development

MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with state standards and rooted in research-based pedagogical strategies. Workshop activities include:

  • STEM concept presentations and hands-on sessions with subject matter experts
  • Educational excursions to museums and other attractions
  • Demonstrations of STEM experiments and emerging technologies
  • Discussion of research-based strategies for STEM instruction
  • Standards-aligned instructional activity development
  • STEM educational kits for classroom use
Following the workshop, MDA STEM professionals and university partners will continue to support participants throughout the school year as they implement STEM instructional activities.
Hotel and most meals are covered as part of the workshop experience. Grants are available (through the workshop) to cover the cost of travel.  Application is due on April 15. 

GAVRT Summer Institute 2018

Register to put the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope into the hands of your students so they can observe space phenomena with NASA/JPL and international space scientests.  Two day Teacher training on how students can use radio astronomy.

Columbia Memorial Space Center with Tour - Downey, CA   June 12-14

Udavar Hazy Center - Chantilly, VA June 26-27 and 28-29.

Elementary and Middle School 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 24-29, 2018 for elementary teachers and July 22- 27, 2018 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 early March.  More information 

2018  JOIDES Resolution Onboard Outreach Officer

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: 


Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational/outreach products! We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happenings to the general audience. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly, and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Onboard Outreach Officers for travel to and from ports of call, and a $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.

Onboard Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.

Information and Application Deadline is March 5, 2018


G-Camp (Geology)

G-Camp is a 18-day field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps you develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for your classroom, and makes learning fun and exciting out-of-doors. 

Participants will arrive in College Station by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for orientation and to check out equipment, etc. Wednesday June 27, we will have an introductory lab and workshop. We will depart on Thursday June 28 at 7:00AM. We will return to College Station in the late afternoon of Friday, July 13. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from College Station. All other travel expenses (bus, hotels) during G-Camp will be covered, and teachers who complete the requirements will receive a stipend to cover all meals. 

Application deadline is March 16, 2018. Thirty-six teachers will be selected for G-Camp.

Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science (APPLES)

Teachers will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leading polar research scientists and science educators. You will spend 4 days at the University of California, Davis learning about the study of phenology – the seasonal dynamics of plants and animals ‐ in the Arctic to understand ecological impacts of climate change. Focusing on the 3‐dimensions of NGSS, you will engage in inquiry‐based activities that replicate approaches used by scientists in investigating key environmental processes linked to species survival. With support from the APPLES team, you will develop a research project to implement with your students in the 2017‐2018 academic year. The classroom research project will incorporate concepts from the workshop, Arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and students, and methodology and equipment (experimental warming chamber, plant phenology camera ) used by researchers

All meals and lodging are provided during the workshop, up to $500 for travel expenses, and a $500 stipend.  All professional development activities align with NGSS based practices and standards.

Application closes on March 15. 

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

It will be at Hog Island Audubon Camp, Muscongus Bay, Maine, JULY 15 - JULY 20, 2018
Scholarships are available
hogisland.audubon.org
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.

Director Pete Salmansohn at psalmansohn@audubon.org.   

Vernier 2018 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 February 18, 2018.   Information on 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest.  July 1-11, 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

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

 


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