$300K in science and technology equipment

Dedication, innovation, and commitment to scientific achievement all start in the classroom. Vernier is providing 30 grants to 10 elementary or middle schools, 10 high schools, and 10 college or university science departments to honor the important work science teachers do every day. Each grantee will receive $10,000 worth of Vernier technology equipment of their choosing.

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$12,000 for Canadian schools

ViewSonic invites Canadian K-12 and higher education teachers, administrators, and other school figures, who are current registered members of the ViewSonic ViewSchool Program, to share how updating their technology will assist in offering students a more impactful curriculum and why their classroom or school is in greatest need of a technology makeover. A photo can also be posted to help communicate the story.

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$10K for budding video game designers

Kodu Cup invites students, ages 9 to 17, to design, build and submit their own video games using the Kodu Game Lab software — no previous programming experience necessary. Microsoft Kodu Game Lab is a free game design tool that enables kids to easily build their own video games for the PC within minutes by dragging and dropping images and simple icons, rather than using complex programming languages.

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$40K in top prizes for visionary educators

This program gives grants to K-12 educators using new teaching methods and techniques to improve learning. Educators are welcome to submit grant applications describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.

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$20K for projects that support high school psychological education

More than 200,000 students are currently enrolled in high school psychology, and APF wants to support high quality education in psychology and to nurture the next generation of psychologists, with up to $20,000 for projects that support the goals of the program. Proposals for programs must focus on supporting the education of talented high school students.

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$2,500 for an inspiring social studies educator

This grant program aims to help a social studies educator make his or her dream of innovative social studies a reality. Grants will be given to assist classroom teachers in: 1) developing and implementing imaginative, innovative, and illustrative social studies teaching strategies; and 2) supporting student implementation of innovative social studies, citizenship projects, field experiences, and community connections.

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$2K grants to help children read

Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs.

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$2,500 for youth leadership

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, founded by author T. A. Barron, in honor of his mother, recognizes outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Nominees, who may range in age from 8 to 18 years old, must have been the prime mover of a service activity, and demonstrated positive spirit and high moral purpose in accomplishing their goals. Nominees must be nominated by responsible adults who have solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities, and who are not related to the nominee.

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Students can become published authors

Entrants in the Citizen Writer contest can select from four very different kinds of writing prompts, designed to match a student interests and stretch their creative skills. For those who enjoy visualizing their ideas, the mapmaking challenge could be a perfect fit; or, if students are gifted in music and poetry, they might want to try the songwriting and verse challenge. Entrants can find out more about each prompt online.

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