Up to $10,000 for outstanding science education

Toyota TAPESTRY recognizes outstanding educators who are making a difference by demonstrating excellence and creativity in science teaching. Since 1991 the program has awarded more than $7 million to 826 teams of teachers for innovative science classroom projects. Thanks to these teachers’ tireless efforts to improve their skills and increase their effectiveness, students nationwide are gaining a better understanding of science principles and methodologies. Toyota and NSTA sincerely hope these grants continue to inspire teachers and serve as a catalyst for lifetime science learning.

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TOYchallenge Engineering Design Competition

Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering and the design process. Sally Ride Science is giving students in grades five through eight the chance to step out of their classrooms and develop their engineering and design skills by creating their dream toy for the fifth annual TOYchallenge. The mission of this toy- and game-design competition is to motivate kids, especially girls, to get involved in engineering design. TOYchallenge 2007 will launch in the fall of 2006. To get started, teams must: find an adult coach (18 years of age, or older) and sign up this fall; then choose from themed-toy categories like “Games for the Family” or “Get out and Play” and start brainstorming. Both boys and girls in grades five through eight may participate, but at least half of the members of each team must be girls. All submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, engineering elegance, feasibility, design process description, team participation and clarity of communication.

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Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2007-2008, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades K-2. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement.

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Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards mini-grants of up to $350 to public libraries and public school libraries to support programming that encourages literacy and creativity in children.

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2006-2007 YES Competition for Students

The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental, and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public. The YES Competition awards up to 120 college scholarships each year to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. Epidemiologists seek answers to why some people get sick and others don’t. In other words, epidemiology is the science of exploring patterns of disease, illness and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment to improve health. The basic skills required by epidemiology – framing the right question, collecting relevant information and analyzing it to answer the question – are skills that will help students succeed in any area of future work.

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$456,000 for health-based scientific research

The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental, and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public. The YES Competition awards up to 120 college scholarships each year to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. Epidemiologists seek answers to why some people get sick and others don’t. In other words, epidemiology is the science of exploring patterns of disease, illness and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment to improve health. The basic skills required by epidemiology – framing the right question, collecting relevant information and analyzing it to answer the question – are skills that will help students succeed in any area of future work.

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RGK Foundation Grants

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. The foundation’s primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

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The President’s Community-Based Job Training Grants

The President’s Community-Based Job Training Grants program is designed to strengthen community colleges and their role in the U.S. workforce. Funds will be awarded to individual community and technical colleges, community college districts, state community college systems, One-Stop Career Centers, and other entities in areas without access to community colleges. Awardees will support or engage in activities for the purpose of building the capacity of community colleges to train for careers in high growth, high demand industries in regional economies.

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Tons of prizes and savings for educators

Big Lots is sponsoring a summer sweepstakes for teachers across the nation. Between July 7 and August 10, teachers can register online or in their local Big Lots store to win one of more than 120 prizes. The sweepstakes also kicks off one of Big Lots’ newest online communities, The Teachers’ Lounge. While registering online, teachers can join this new program and have a chance to preview upcoming promotions and receive special savings.

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CNN to launch user-submitted video site

CNET reports that CNN has announced the launch of CNN Exchange, a site modeled after the popular video site YouTube where users can submit their own video, audio, and articles. As part of CNN’s coverage of the Middle East conflict, the network broadcast clips of videos that witnesses to the conflict posted on YouTube. With the rise of citizen journalism is on the rise, Mitch Gelman, senior vice president and executive producer for CNN.com says: “User-generated content has the potential to play a pivotal role in journalism whether it’s online or offline.” …

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