The ample resources needed to educate and inspire today’s youth, especially in STEM, aren’t easy to come by. It’s important to be innovative, but it can quickly get expensive and a teacher’s salary only stretches so far. Savvy educators know that there is funding out there, if one takes the time to do the necessary research and apply. Literally thousands of grants are available. Here’s a great list of STEM-specific grants:
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts puts out their own grants: The AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program awards. It gives $200 to k-12 teachers who plan to incorporate science, math, technology and education into their classroom in captivating ways. The grant may be used to acquire software, lab equipment, robotics kits or anything else that engages and inspires students.
The National Weather Association is tired of getting it wrong. They want a whole new generation of meteorologists who aren’t off track. The NWA Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants is put out to achieve this lofty goal. It’s for elementary, middle and high school science classes who study meteorology. The purpose of this $750 grant is to improve meteorological education through professional development, materials or outreach ().
Teach high school chemistry? How does $1,500 sound? No, you don’t have to go down the path of Walter White. The American Chemical Society extends the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant. IT’s for teachers who engage students in a new and dynamic ways. The teacher can use the funds at their discretion whether for professional development, outreach or field studies. Teacher’s organizations are known for disseminating worthwhile grants.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers one worth $3,000. It is entitled, the Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Education Awards for Excellence. The grant is awarded to an educator who expertly applies inquiry-based science teaching. You won’t receive a lump sum should you win. $1,500 goes to classroom use and the other $1,500 for travel expenses associated with the NSTA national Conference.
For those who teach math in elementary school, you can receive up to $6,000 via the Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants. This is put out by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NTCM). Pre-K through fifth grade teachers that have shown innovation, commitment and drive may apply. Anyone who does however must make sure they are a member of the NTCM. The grant is flexible as to how it is used such as for attending national conferences, college coursework, professional development or classroom resources.
Got a classroom of inventors? Go for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams challenge and win up to $10,000. Here teams recognize a relevant social issue and invent a way to solve it using STEM. Winning teams may even see their inventions come to life.
Another one with a big purse is the Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers. Offering $10,000, Toyota and the National Science Teachers Association teamed up to challenge stem students and educators. This is a k-12 opportunity where students must take part in a community-based project in physical or environmental science, or the promotion of literacy and science. This grant is to be used to increase student interest and the quality of science education.
So, instead of dreaming for the end of June, why not get to work on some grant writing? It could be the best thing you’ve done for your classroom.