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Shell Science Teaching Award

Award to a USA or Canada K-12 Teacher
for Outstanding Science Instruction

GrantWatch ID#: 172654
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Foundation / Corporation

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)


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Award of $10,000 to a USA, territories, or Canada K-12 teacher for outstanding contributions to science education in the classroom. The winner will be selected based on a demonstrated positive impact on their students, community, and school. While special projects may be cited in the nomination or application, they should not be the main focus.

The Shell Science Teaching Award recipient will receive $10,000. The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. During the conference, they will be honored at the Awards Banquet. The recipient will also be recognized at the Teacher Awards Banquet. The ten semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.



Nominees must be K-12 classroom teachers whose responsibilities include teaching science.

Nominees must have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a private or public school in the United States, U.S. Territories, Department of Defense schools, or in Canada.

View the Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching Award (2014.10.15) webinar:

View the Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching Award (2012.09.26) webinar:

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2017. Use the online submission form to complete your application. Any attachments shall be in PDF format.

The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the nomination packets and select 10 finalists.

These individuals will then be asked to provide a YouTube video of no longer than thirty minutes that features classroom activities with students that clearly reflect the candidate’s teaching philosophy and application submission. The video will be due in mid-January.

The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the videos and select three finalists. The committee will then form a subcommittee consisting of three (3) members, who will visit each finalist. Site visits will take place at the candidates’ schools in February. The subcommittee will then determine the recipient of the award.

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