Connecticut Science Teachers Association

"...to 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 CTSciTeachers@gmail.com.

2017-2018 School Year


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.

    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

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship

    Five day summer course (July 16-20, 2018) 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, 2018.   Travel, lodging and board are not included. 

    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
    hogisland.audubon.org
    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 psalmansohn@audubon.org.   

    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


    Center for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship

    Five day summer course (July 16-20, 2018) 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, 2018.   Travel, lodging and board are not included.


    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

    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 must be received by December 31, 2017.  Applicants must be National Geographic Certified Educators.  They must have completed phase one by the time of application and phase two by March 2018.

    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

    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, 2018

    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

    Honeywell Space Academy

    Attend Space Camp!!  Enough said...  Applications are due on November 14, 2017 for the summer of 2018.  Dates of camp are June 13-19, 2018 and June 20-26, 2018.


    Earth Expeditions 

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2017) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 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, 2018

    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 2018-2019, 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, October 2, 2017http://amazonworkshops.com/scholarships-funding/


    Past Opportunities for 2016-17 school year

    Join the 2017 JASON Argonaut Team

    Eager to communicate your science knowledge spending 3-10 days working with scientists in the field?  JASON Learning is looking for science teachers to send on one of their expeditions.  Applications are due by January 15, 2017.


    CSET - Center to Support Excellence in Teaching

      Fully funded two-year fellowship for high school teachers (math, science, history, English) from across teh US with 2-7 years of teaching experience.  All expenses paid, stipend included, and experience high-quality PD with Stanford University faculty.   Applications are open from October 17, 2016 until January 16, 2017


    Real World Science - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology

    This professional development opportunity sponsored by Northup Grummen is offered to 5th - 8th grade teachers who have taught from 2-10 years.  It will take place from July 23-28, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.  Application and more information can be found here.  Due February 24, 2017

    Elementary 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 25-30 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 the priority review date of March 10.  More information 

    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 16 – 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.  Application is due before April 18, 2017.  More information and guides.


    Residential Summer Workshops at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering -The daVinci Project  July 10-14, 2017
     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 18th 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 10-14.  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 27 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district.     Application  due June 16, 2017

    Kevin McLaughlin
    Director, Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center
    University of Connecticut, 
    191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3187
    Storrs, CT  06269
     
    Phone:  (860)  486-9306
    Fax:      (860)  486-3045



    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) National Summer Institute

             The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 16-21, 2017 in Denver, Colorado for middle and high school teachers.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations.  Participants will be introduced to teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom.  Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are selected to participate in this program and reside more than 50 miles from the venue.  Information and application.  No due date is listed.  

     6-day educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) June 26-July 1, 2017

    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)

    If you think your students could benefit from this educational opportunity, you might be interested in this summer professional development workshop that will prepare you to lead your own school field study course at BIOS in the future.

    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 26-July 1, 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.

    http://www.bios.edu/education/educator-workshops-at-bios/


    Boyce Thompson Institute's Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology

    July 2017 at Cornell University.  7-12th grade and community college science teachers learn and design new plant-based curriculum that integrates into STEM courses and aligns with NGSS standards.  On-campus housing, some meals, travel award and stipend will be provided to teachers who successfully complete the program.

          Boyce Thompson Institute  Applications will be available in January 2017








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