Toyota TAPESTRY, a nationwide science teacher grant program, awarded nearly $550,000 to 76 K-12 teachers who submitted creative science project proposals. Fifty teachers received up to $10,000 each, and 26 received mini-grants of up to $2,500 each. Large grant winners accepted their awards on April 6 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Convention in Anaheim. More than $7 million has been awarded to 826 teams of teachers throughout the program’s 16-year history. Toyota awards grants to innovative K-12 teachers yearly. Judges select projects that stand out in creativity, risk-taking and originality in three areas: environmental science, physical science and science applications that promote literacy. This year’s projects explore topics ranging from the science of weather forecasting to the alternative energy technologies needed to convert a gasoline powered car into a functional electric vehicle.

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