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Awards to USA and Canada Middle and High Schools
to Recognize Outstanding Science Lab Instruction

Shell Science Lab Challenge

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell

Deadline Date:

02/12/20 Midnight EST

Description:

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Awards to USA and Canada middle and high schools to recognize innovative science education programs for students. Awards are intended to provide support to school science programs that have demonstrated their ability to provide quality education utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. This program also seeks to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

To be eligible for consideration, all work must be current and cumulative as applicable.

Applicants must demonstrate: 

  • Innovative science inquiry in the classroom with limited laboratory equipment, materials, and resources 
  • Impact and engagement with students
  • Need for support
  • Use of state and/or national standards
  • Use of safety practices

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156676

Number of Grants:

There will be one Grant Prize Winning school; 4 National Finalist schools; and 18 District Winning schools.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- One Grand Prize Winning School will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.
- 4 National Finalist schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500.
- 18 district winner schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000.
- Prizes include Shell cash grants, NSTA memberships, NSTA Learning Center subscriptions, support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education, and donated science lab equipment.
- The Grand Prize Winner and 4 National Finalists will be honored at the Teacher Awards Gala at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- Applicants may be individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools.
- A teacher is limited to one application per year (whether submitting as an individual or team applicant).
- A school may submit an unlimited number of applications.

Pre-Application Information:

All entries must be received by midnight EST on 2/12/2020, via online submission. There is no fee to enter.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge Judging Panel will review applications and select up to 54 district finalists (3 in each of 18 NSTA Districts).

District finalists will be asked to provide additional responses, including a 3-5 minute video that displays the school’s current science laboratory facilities and provides further explanation of how winning equipment/resources would make a difference in the applicant’s science teaching and in the learning experience for students.

The Judging Panel will review the district finalist submissions and select 18 district winners.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge National Judging Panel subcommittee will select a Grand Prize Winner and four National Finalists from the pool of district winners.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge national winners will be honored during a black-tie dinner gala at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

Prizes:
https://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/prizes.aspx

Districts are aligned with the 18 NSTA Districts:
http://www.nsta.org/about/governance/districts.aspx

Recorded webinar:
https://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9/WSNSTA15_Nov18

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//2020ShellScienceLabApplication

Submit a Nomination:
https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//NSTAShellScienceLab2020

Amanda Upton, Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition Liaison
703.312.9217
shellsciencelab@nsta.org

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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