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Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

  • What: Hands-on, engaging math and science activity designed for out-of-school time
  • Sponsor: Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation, with DonorsChoose.org
  • Prizes: $5,000 in classroom funding.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Website: Science Everywhere

The Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation invites teachers to submit ideas for creative, hands-on STEM projects that can be done outside of school in a new Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge. Launched in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the initiative seeks to catalyze math and science learning beyond school walls – the “informal” education that 75 percent of Nobel Prize winners in the sciences say sparked their interest in science.

A panel of judges led by astronaut Leland Melvin will award five $5,000 prizes to the best ideas.

  • Read more about DonorsChoose.org’s eligibility requirements.
  • Review the rubric to ensure that your project is competitive.
  • Submit your project to DonorsChoose.org ASAP
  • Request funding only for project materials, not staff time, and keep total costs under $2,000.
  • Start fundraising! If you reach half of your funding goal through donations from the public on DonorsChoose.org, you’ll receive a one-to-one match from the Foundations. That means up to another $1,000!

 

Projects that are funded through Science Everywhere will also be part of a research study by University of Virginia Professor Robert Tai to understand the impact of this type of out-of-school learning experience on student engagement and success. His past research has shown that students who pursued degrees in science and math became interested in the subjects before they reached high school, indicating the importance of reaching students early.

Applications are due April 30, 2017, but apply early — donations will be matched only until funding runs out! Read the full set of submission guidelines here.

See this Michigan Tech clay boat example of an informal engineering and science activity:

 

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