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Contest: X-Prize Oil-spill cleanup

Workers Burn Off Some Gulf Oil Spill PetroleumThe latest X-Prize Foundation multimillion-dollar engineering and invention contest will tackle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with entrants proposing solutions to shorelines and open water sullied by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which has been gushing since April 20, 2010.

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Contest: Make a National Lab Day Video

If you or your school is hosting a project for National Lab Day, you’re invited to join the National Lab Day online video contest, with winning videos being featured on the Website. Submission deadline: June 1, 2010

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2010 Intel Schools of Distinction

The 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards program is open for applications. The National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston is a sponsor of this program, which recognizes K-12 U.S. schools demonstrating 21st century teaching and learning environments and implementing innovative programs that inspire their students to excel in the areas of math and science.

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Teacher Awards: Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington, and Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec), who are elevating science literacy. 34 winners receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD ($5,000 CAD). Recipients’ schools receive a restricted grant of $5,000 USD ($5,000 CAD) for the enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school’s science teachers. Application deadline: February 5, 2010.

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Sweepstakes: Cool School Science Day

The Siemens Foundation invites teachers to enter the Ultimate Cool School Science Day Sweepstakes to win a fun and interactive school assembly that underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. Discovery Education will lead the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders, and interactive demonstrations. Deadline: January 27, 2010

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Educators Essay Contest, Dec. 14

This educators’ essay contest asks teachers to share their knowledge on designing science lesson plans and integrating technology into the classroom. Winners gain free admission to the 2010 AAAS Annual meeting, a $800 stipend, and magazine subscription.

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Website: TeachEngineering Lesson Plans

The TeachEngineering Digital Library exists to provide teachers with the curricular materials to bring engineering into the K-12 classroom for a single day, a unit, or even an entire course. An excellent web resource.

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowships

Interested in national policy? If so, and you’re an experienced K-12 teacher, consider applying for an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC sharing their expertise with policy makers.

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Robotics Mentoring at US FIRST

MENTApply as a high school student or as an Engineering Mentor to work on a Robotics team at a school near your area. The program works with FRIST , BEST and VEX robotics to help students connect with an activity in their area.

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