More than 160 STEM-related proposals — adding up to $737 million in requested funding — are in the running to claim a slice of the $150 million in federal aid available through second round of the Investing in Innovation (“I3″) program. The first round of funding resulted in 49 I3 grants divvying up $650 million.
In the running for some round-two funds: Boston’s Museum of Science, which has requested $2.9 million for its Expand the Gateway to Implementing Technology and Engineering Standards project. The project aims to increase the number of Massachusetts and Maine school districts providing high-quality STEM education and ultimately the number of students pursuing careers in the STEM fields
From NSTA Express, Week of October 31, 2011:
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program. The goal of the Einstein Fellowship program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K–12 STEM education community and national leaders. If selected, Einstein fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC, sharing their expertise as a fellow in one of several government agency offices, such as the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or in the office of a member of Congress.
Selection is based on exemplary experience in K–12 STEM teaching; demonstrated leadership in the community; an understanding of national, state, and local education policy; and communication and interpersonal skills. The Triangle Coalition administers the program under the direction of the Department of Energy. The application deadline is January 5, 2012. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.einsteinfellows.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an announcement made at Stanford University last week, Peter Thiel, PayPal founder-turned “creative” philanthropist, described his latest project, called Breakout Labs. According to Fast Company, Breakout Labs “would grant $50,000 to $350,000 in funding to ‘entrepreneurial’ scientists — those completely independent of typical research institutions — for very early projects that may even be pre-proof of concept.” Sounds like just the sort of challenge for which science fair alums are uniquely prepared!
See Thiel’s announcement here:
Part of the Nobel Prize money won by President Obama in 2009 will help Hispanic students pursuing studies in STEM subjects. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund received $125,000 of President Obama’s prize money — the entire $1.4 million of which he donated to 10 different charities.
According to Hispanic Scholarship Fund CEO Frank Alvarez, his organization would like to see at least one college degree in every Hispanic household. The scholarships afforded by President Obama’s donation is a step in that direction. “As soon as there’s a degree in the household, things like applying to college, financial aid, etc. become known because students have an embedded mentor,” he said. This year’s 12 winners (another 12 will be selected next year) include college students currently majoring in chemical engineering, secondary education, atmospheric science, information technology, among others. Award winners showed an interest in becoming STEM teachers.
More than $93,000 is up for grabs by creative, industrious science teachers (grades 6-12) who best describe their innovative use of the limited lab resources that they’ve had available to them in the classroom. Entries are due October 21.