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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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White House Adds $4 Billion For Education

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama’ outlined plans to boost federal education spending. The administration says it will seek to boost the Department of Education’s budget by $4 billion.

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40 States apply for Race to the Top

Last week, 40 states and the District of Columbia applied for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition. The Obama Administration’s pet education program, the competition will award grants to states that overhaul and upgrade their schools systems to encourage more classroom innovation. It gives priority to those states whose reforms emphasize STEM education.

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UTeach Gets a Boost

Thirteen years ago, the University of Texas, Austin, started a program called UTeach that allowed math and science majors to simultaneously earn teaching certificates. It worked so well at UT-Austin that the school set up the National Math and Science Initiative to help the program spread to other universities across the country. Now the Obama administration wants to put the project into overdrive.

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White House Doubles Money for STEM Initiative

Barack ObamaAs part of an event to honor more than 100 educators Jan. 6, the White House announced an additional $250 million in government and private-sector funding to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction, aiming to help the nation compete in key fields with global economic rivals. The new money doubles, to more than $500 million, a campaign for STEM education that Obama launched in November.

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Teacher Grants: Public Schools & Green

The National Education Association (NEA) Green Grants for K-12 teachers invites public school educators to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching “green” concepts to students. The Green Grants program targets environmental education as an area of great promise in helping students develop a sense of environmental stewardship.

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Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

InvenTeams is a Lemelson-MIT national initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. Teams composed of students, teacher(s) and mentors identify a problem to address with an invention, and receive up to $10,000 ($2,000 can be a teacher stipend) to develop a prototype.

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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation

Not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions capable of conducting a quality overnight or day camp experience that introduces young people to metal-forming careers in manufacturing may apply. Collaborations between educational institutions and camp organizations are encouraged. Note: Applications for 2009 are closed. http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/Apply-for-Grants.cfm

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Motorola Foundation

In 2009, the Motorola Foundation will provide $5 million in Innovation Generation Grants to organizations that engage U.S. Pre-K through 12 students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, and teachers in STEM programming. Any U.S. non-profit organization may apply. Schools and school districts may apply. For more information, go to www.motorola.com/giving.

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