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Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition

Awards to USA Teachers in Multiple States to
Recognize Excellence in Science Instruction

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 11:59 PM EST


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Awards to USA teachers in multiple states and regions to recognize excellence in science instruction. The award is intended to recognize elementary, middle, and high school programs for their approaches to science lab instruction utilizing restricted resources. The purpose of the award is to present the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources.

Applicants will be individual teachers of science in grades k-12, representing their schools in the following targeted areas near Shell assets:

  • Mobile, AL
  • Martinez, CA (Martinez Unified School District, Mt. Diablo Unified School District)
  • Carson, CA (LAUSDs in Carson, Mormon Island, Van Nuys, Colton, Long Beach)
  • Convent, LA (St. James Parish, Livingston Parish)
  • Port Allen, LA (West Baton Rouge Parish)
  • Geismar, LA (Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, City of Zachary SD, City of Central SD, City of Baker SD)
  • Norco, LA (St. Charles Parish, St. John Parish)
  • New Orleans, LA (Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Terrebonne Parish, LaFourche Parish, Iberville Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. Bernard Parish)
  • Monaca, PA (Cen. Valley, Aliquippa, W.Beaver, Beaver, Rochester, N. Brighton, Riverside, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk)
  • Deer Park, TX (Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD, LaPorte ISD)
  • Kermit, TX (Kermit ISD, Midland ISD, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Wink-Loving ISD)
  • Puget Sound, WA (Anacortes SD, La Conner SD, Mt. Vernon SD, Burlington-Edison SD, Sedro-Wooley SD, Concrete SD, Conway SD)
  • Houston, TX (Region 4 Education Service Center)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184712

Estimated Size of Grant:

-One elementary and one Middle School from each asset will each receive a lab makeover with professional development support package* valued up to $10,000**.
-One High School from each asset will receive a lab makeover with professional development support package* valued up to $15,000.
-Prizes include lab equipment from Carolina Biological Supply Company ($5k for elementary/middle; $10k for high schools), NSTA STEM Forum on science education, NSTA membership, NSTA Learning Center.
-A grand prize school will be selected for each grade band, the winning school’s principal and teacher will receive an additional prize package to attend NSTA’s national conference on science education.
-The Grand Prize Winners and their principals will be honored at the Teacher Awards Gala and Shell Reception at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, during the second year.
**Each elementary and middle school will be required to order the Smithsonian kits as part of their support package. *Professional development includes the Smithsonian Institution (k-8); Carolina Biological; and the NSTA Learning Center.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Each teacher is limited to one application per year
-Schools may submit an unlimited number science teachers of applications annually, and each school is limited to winning two prize packages in total

Pre-Application Information:

All entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on 1/22/2021, via online submission.

The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Judging Panel will review applications (due January 22, 2021) and select up to 72 regional finalists (2 in each grade band of regions listed above). Regional finalists will be asked to provide additional responses, including a 3-5 minute video (due January 22, 2021) that displays the school’s current science classroom or lab facilities and provides further explanation of how winning equipment/resources would make a difference in the applicant’s science teaching, and in the learning experiences for students. The Judging Panel will review the regional finalist submissions and select 36 regional winners, andwill select Grand Prize winners from the pool of regional winners, for year 2 recognition.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:
To nominate:

Amanda Upton, the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition liaison, at 703.312.9217 or

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 818
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: 1-803-286-8772

Grant Coverage Areas:

In specified eligible area school districts.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Mobile;   California: Martinez and Carson;   Louisiana: Convent and Geismar, Norco, Port Allen, and New Orleans ;   Pennsylvania: Monaca ;   Texas: Deer Park, Houston, and Kermit;   Washington: Puget Sound

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