Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

Opportunities/Grants for Teachers

There are wonderful opportunities for teachers to learn science, spread their wings, fly, swim, sail, and hike. Permission to be a "lab rat'? Here! Permission to explore the Amazon or sail the oceans? Here! The following listing includes programs that some Connecticut teachers have participated in. If you know of more, have experienced them, or just dream of them, contact us at

Visit the National Science Teachers Association calendar for more opportunities and grants

2018 - 2019  School Year

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship

Five day summer course (July 15-19, 2019) for middle and high school teachers at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.  Applications are due January 15, 2019.   Travel, lodging and board are not included. 

Fund for Teachers

This national program helps teachers to travel to workshops, conferences, or places of interest that will enhance their personal growth and curriculum.  Write a grant that includes your goals and how it will impact your classroom.  Develop a budget and send it in by January 31, 2018.  Single fellowships of up to $5000, or team fellowships of up to $10,000.    Applications are due on January 31, 2019

Earth Expeditions 

OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. 

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle.Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Due date to apply is January 28, 2019

PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

   PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from both teachers and researchers for teacher research experiences.  For 2019-2020, we will be accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (grades 6-12) Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2018 (usually Arctic) or 2018-19 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.  Applications are due on Monday, September 24, 2018   

National Geographic Grosvenor Fellowship

This fellowship is open to both formal and informal educators honoring excellence in K-12 geographic education.  Teachers are given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and work with an amazing group of educators.  Applications open in November 2018 and must be received by January 3, 2019.  Applicants must be National Geographic Certified Educators.   You must enroll in the  National Geographic Training session before October 21.    All phases must be completed by December 3 to apply for the Fellowship. 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology 


 Celestron Optics is supporting 15 classrooms who participate in citizen-science projects and could benefit by having 10 high-quality optics. Whether you’re watching a bird feeder, going out on regular bird walks, or participating in a bio blitz… share with us how your students are practicing their science skills and what you could accomplish with 10 of these great Celestron Outland X 8×42 binoculars.

The giveaway application will open August 20, 2018. Application closes Friday, October 1, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. As a giveaway recipient you will be required to share your citizen-science experience using the binoculars through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Teachers at any school (both public and private) in the United States are welcome to apply.

Ecology Project International (EPI)

Ecology Project International (EPI), an international education and conservation nonprofit, has just opened the application period for its 2019 Teacher Fellowships. These 8-day hands-on professional development experiences for high school and college-level educators take place in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Baja California Sur, and Yellowstone National Park. Educators accepted into the program will collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn EPI's experiential education framework in the field.

EPI covers all costs, except a $250-$600 program fee and the participant's airfare to the program site.

Educators can learn more about the program, watch a video, and submit their applications here: The application period closes on September 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and early application is encouraged.

NITARP - NASA/ITEC Teacher Archive Research Program

NITARP gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. They partner small groups of largely high school educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.

The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications are available annually in May and due in September.

Some things that make this program different from many (if not most) other programs:

  1. Each team does original research using real astronomical data, not canned labs or reproductions of previously done research.
  2. Each team writes up the results of their research and presents it in a science poster session at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US). The posters are distributed throughout the meeting, in amongst other researchers' work; the participants are not "given a free pass" because they are educators and students. Each team also presents the educational results of their experience in the program.
  3. The program runs over 13 months, not just a few days or weeks.
  4. Teachers are encouraged to involve their students from the beginning of the program.
  5. The main program components involve multiple trips (for which NITARP pays) and a commitment from the teachers to educate others about their experiences, both of which are conducted over a minimum of 18 months to 2 years. 
  6. Applications are due by 3 pm PST on September 12, 2018

2017-2018 School Year

Archaeology Field School for Educators
Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, UConn
Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 9 am to 3 pm, Windsor, CT
Advance registration required: $50

Educators will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at the Archaeology Field School for Educators sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. This field school is designed to give educators who teach history and/or science in a classroom or museum setting a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticut’s fascinating past. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant’s understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist’s responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers. These lessons provide a first step toward developing the skills needed to undertake your own archaeological investigations with students. 
Participants will experience an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut. They will also learn about the role of the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology and how it can be an important resource in developing archeological lessons and activities for students. Space is limited. To request a registration form please contact David Colberg at or 860.486.5690.


Applications are now open for the 5th annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI)!

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program. Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 29 through August 3, 2018, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP). 


Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website

Lamont Doherty Teacher at Sea

The Juhl Lab of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades NY is looking for an active classroom science teacher to join our scientific team as we conduct oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. The teacher selected will join an oceanographic research expedition leaving Gulfport MS aboard a research vessel from Aug 17 to Sept 3. The teacher must also be available in late July, or early August for training prior to the expedition (on the Lamont Campus in Palisades, NY). More information about the scientific goals of the project .

During the expedition the teacher will be responsible for working as a member of the scientific team, conduct their own small research project, and work with other team members to develop digital outreach materials related to the expedition’s scientific mission of understanding plankton ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It is likely that finalizing these outreach materials will require some continued work following the expedition.

 There is a physical component to work at sea that requires an accepting attitude towards spartan accommodations, long, and sometimes unpredictable hours, and the ability to go up and down stairs while carrying heavy boxes. We are able to support all reasonable travel costs related to participating in the expedition, and also will provide a partial stipend for the month of August.

 Anyone interested in this opportunity is encouraged to contact Andrew Juhl for more information. Formal applications for this opportunity can be sent to the address below. Review of the applications will begin after May 14, 2018, and the successful applicant will be notified by May 31, 2018. The application should include a) a 2 pg. resume, b) a short narrative description (~1 pg.) of your motivation, including a description of how you think this opportunity could benefit your classroom or other educational activities.

Contact Andrew Juhl, Ph.D; Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964    845-365-8837

DaVinci Project

Introducing our students to engineering is a national need.  Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems.  The UConn School of Engineering is holding its 19th annual daVinci Project.   It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 9-13.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 10 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant.  Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration!  We have 35 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district.     Application  due June 15, 2018

MDA STEM Education Development

MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with state standards and rooted in research-based pedagogical strategies. Workshop activities include:

  • STEM concept presentations and hands-on sessions with subject matter experts
  • Educational excursions to museums and other attractions
  • Demonstrations of STEM experiments and emerging technologies
  • Discussion of research-based strategies for STEM instruction
  • Standards-aligned instructional activity development
  • STEM educational kits for classroom use
Following the workshop, MDA STEM professionals and university partners will continue to support participants throughout the school year as they implement STEM instructional activities.
Hotel and most meals are covered as part of the workshop experience. Grants are available (through the workshop) to cover the cost of travel.  Application is due on April 15. 

School of Rock 2018

School of Rock is a professional development opportunity for formal and informal educators.  This year's program from July 5 - 13 is land-based, in Aukland, New Zealand.  The program will begin with a port call of the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific deep ocean drilling program.  In Aukland you will stay in a hotel, taking part in lab and field trips.  Early career and pre-service teachers who are interested in the geosciences and work in diverse communities are encouraged to apply.  Travel expenses, room and board are fully paid. Applicants must provide a plan on how they will disseminate the information, a recent CV or resume, and one letter of recommendation. The application is due on April 20. 

GAVRT Summer Institute 2018

Register to put the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope into the hands of your students so they can observe space phenomena with NASA/JPL and international space scientests.  Two day Teacher training on how students can use radio astronomy.

Columbia Memorial Space Center with Tour - Downey, CA   June 12-14

Udavar Hazy Center - Chantilly, VA June 26-27 and 28-29.

Real World Science

is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

PROGRAM DATES: July 15 - 21, 2018

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted from January 8 – March 16, 2018

Educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) 

Presently there are 12 Connecticut schools that participate in field study courses at BIOS. (Amity HS, Hamden HS, RHAM HS, Fitch HS, Rockville HS, Marine Science Magnet HS, Sound School, Milton Academy, Greens Farm Academy, Vernon MS, Tolland MS, Har-Bur MS)

This Educator Training Workshop offers middle and high school teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, pre-service teachers, and informal educators the opportunity to learn how to plan and execute future educational field study courses for their students at BIOS. Between June 25-June 30, up to 12 participants will take part in this educational workshop and explore themes for potential future visiting groups such as:

  • Oceanography and Marine Science: including lab and STEM activities, coral reef exploration, and low tide collection of certain species.
  • An introduction to cutting-edge Glider technology, and how these underwater robots can revolutionize ocean studies and student involvement in the classroom.
  • Island Ecology and Geology: Nonsuch Island conservation of rare and threatened species (including the Cahow) and habitats.
  • Bermuda and U.S. History: Colonization of St George’s, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War.   
  • Scientific Exploration Past and Present: William Beebe, global climate initiative and AUV gliders.

Tuition cost is $1,150

FDA Food Safety and Nutrition

Science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks and recalls.  Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 15 – 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.

During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD. Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2018 - 2019 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers. 

Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.  Application is due April 17, 2018.  More information and guides.

Elementary and Middle School Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy

        ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute are holding their 9th annual Leadership Academy in Earth Science on June 24-29, 2018 for elementary teachers and July 22- 27, 2018 in Houston.  Academy related travel, lodging and subsistence costs are covered.  Teams of 3-4 are encouraged but not required.  Science supervisors and principals should nominate teachers by early March.  More information 

2018  JOIDES Resolution Onboard Outreach Officer

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: 

Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational/outreach products! We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happenings to the general audience. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly, and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Onboard Outreach Officers for travel to and from ports of call, and a $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.

Onboard Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.

Information and Application Deadline is March 5, 2018


Institute for Conservation Research     

         Workshop for middle and high school life science teachers held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA.  Spend 4-days, 3 nights in the Wildlife park experiencing behind-the-scenes research and developing lessons on conservation.  Meals and lodging are included, $500 stipend given for full participation.  Teachers are encouraged to apply in school site teams of 2-4 teachers.  They can be cross-curricular and different grades.   Application and information for the 2018 program can be found here.   Applications close on March 30, 2018.

G-Camp (Geology)

G-Camp is a 18-day field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps you develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for your classroom, and makes learning fun and exciting out-of-doors. 

Participants will arrive in College Station by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for orientation and to check out equipment, etc. Wednesday June 27, we will have an introductory lab and workshop. We will depart on Thursday June 28 at 7:00AM. We will return to College Station in the late afternoon of Friday, July 13. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from College Station. All other travel expenses (bus, hotels) during G-Camp will be covered, and teachers who complete the requirements will receive a stipend to cover all meals. 

Application deadline is March 16, 2018. Thirty-six teachers will be selected for G-Camp.

Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science (APPLES)

Teachers will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leading polar research scientists and science educators. You will spend 4 days at the University of California, Davis learning about the study of phenology – the seasonal dynamics of plants and animals ‐ in the Arctic to understand ecological impacts of climate change. Focusing on the 3‐dimensions of NGSS, you will engage in inquiry‐based activities that replicate approaches used by scientists in investigating key environmental processes linked to species survival. With support from the APPLES team, you will develop a research project to implement with your students in the 2017‐2018 academic year. The classroom research project will incorporate concepts from the workshop, Arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and students, and methodology and equipment (experimental warming chamber, plant phenology camera ) used by researchers

All meals and lodging are provided during the workshop, up to $500 for travel expenses, and a $500 stipend.  All professional development activities align with NGSS based practices and standards.

Application closes on March 15. 

National STEM Scholar Program

For: Middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers

The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholars each year. National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.

Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of applicants.

 In 2018, we will graduate our third cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each Scholar receives the following:

  • Advanced professional development on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty
Application is due February 1

    Inquiry in RainForests

    This course will run from July 7-20, 2018  in Costa Rica.  Five teacher scholarships are available.  Hands-on field-based instruction at an internationally-renowned institution for research and education.  Engage in learning activities and become skilled in video production and techniques to document your work.  The course is led by Joe Levine, editor of Miller and Levine Biology.   Scholarship applications may be available.

    Hog Island Audubon Camp: Sharing Nature: An Educators' Week Workshop
    It will be at Hog Island Audubon Camp, Muscongus Bay, Maine, JULY 15 - JULY 20, 2018
    Scholarships are available
    Features of Educators' Week:
    • Designed for science and non-science educators to generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum.
    • Inspiring and experienced instructors will share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging you, and your students, with nature.
    • Workshop presentations and guided field trips on the island 
    • Share techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling, and other disciplines.

    Director Pete Salmansohn at   

    Vernier 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon

    Explore Amazon conservation, sustainability, & field research with a small cohort of your fellow Environmental Science and Biology colleagues.  Grant Application is due on February 18, 2018.   Information on 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest.  July 1-11, 2018

    Technology Teacher Grant

     Share your tech-focused lesson plan and win up to $1000 for your classroom.  Submit your lesson plan for students gr K-8 that teach students why technology is important, and how to use it, in your subject.  Due December 9, 2017

    Maury Project

    Offered in the summer in Annapolis, Maryland by the American Meteorological Society. Teachers participate in sessions on ocean science and lead peer training sessions when they return to their home districts. July 8 - 20, 2018   Applications are due March 19, 2018.  Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.   
     Project Atmosphere

    AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics.  Offered July 15 -21, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Applications are due on March 26, 2018.    American Meteorological Society

    Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

        This program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished k-12 educators in STEM fields to serve in the national education arena.  Fellows spend 11 months working in Federal agencies or in the U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.  Monthly stipend, travel, moving and healthcare expenses provided in addition to other benefits.   Application is due on November 16, 2017

    Earthwatch Teacher Fellows

    Teach Earth Fellowships are partially or fully funded.  Participate in science research and share with your classes.   Sites are national and international.  Applications are due between September 25, 2017 and January 8, 2018.   Project Kindle has 8 fellowships for high school teachers interested in bringing students on an expedition.  Fellows will experience an expedition while planning to take their students on a future expedition. 

    Teacher at Sea

     NOAA's Teacher at Sea program places kindergarten through high school teachers with NOAA scientists on board research vessels. Applications are available on October 1. Applications are due on November 30, 2017

    Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

    Connecticut Space Grant Consortium offers funding to K-12 students/teachers for workshops on aeronautics and aerospace and STEM related activities.  Applications priority deadlines are December 1st (for award period January 1st to June 30th) and June 1st (for award period July 1st to December 31st); applications received after priority deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded if funds are available


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