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STEMtheGAP Teacher Challenge

students in science labDo you have a great idea for boosting STEM education? Dow’s STEMtheGap competition, open to all K-12 teachers nationwide, will reward the best 100 ideas with a $1,000 grant.

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Nominate STEM Teachers for Presidential Award

presidential awardsNominate an outstanding mathematics, science, or computer science teacher for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominations for teachers in grades 7 to 12 are due April 1.

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Contest: National Science Bowl

dept energy logoThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

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Program: Einstein Fellowships

einsteinApplications are now open for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator program. Interested educators should use the online application. This fellowship, in its 23rd year, aims to provide teachers voice in Washington D.C. regarding Federal STEM education programs and policies.

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Essay Contest: How to Protect the Planet?

green_pencils352The Carnegie Council announces its second Annual Student Essay Competition. The essay question: How would you improve your school so that it prepares future leaders to protect the planet? and a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader. This year, the competition is open to teachers as well as students. Prizes include $250 – $75 Amazon Gift certificate.Deadline: December 31, 2010.

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Contest: Environmental Excellence Award

OceanThe 2011 SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. All K-12 schools in the United States and formally recognized school groups, such as a grade level, classroom or club are eligible to apply. Public, private and licensed home schools are also eligible. Awards include $10,000 for eight award-winning projects and all expenses-paid trip to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for the awards event. DEADLINE: Dec. 1, 2010.

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Teachers’ Summer: Mickelson ExxonMobil Academy

mickelsonexxon2The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a one-week all-expense-paid intensive professional development program in the summer for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The Academy offers a five-day program designed to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. DEADLINE PASSED

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Website: Environmental Competitions

myooMyoo Create is a crowdsourcing Website that hosts environmental and social competitions, to be solved by the community at large. It is self-described as a site “where people who share a passion for inspiring and co-creating a better world can come together and apply their talents to challenges that matter.”

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Competition: Solution to Air-Dry Clothes. July 31, 2010

Care to AirIn partnership with the Myoo Create community, Levi Strauss & Co. is running a competition for designers everywhere to respond to the challenge of how to design the world’s most innovative, covetable, and sustainable air-drying solution for clothing. They’re offering $10,000 prize money to be distributed among the finalists for the most effective solutions, as well as an audience with experienced designers and eco-innovators.

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