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Grants, Awards & Freebies — Nov. 2, 2017

STEM competition

The National Science Teachers Association in partnership with the Army Educational Outreach Program is seeking entrants for the eCYBERMISSION competition. The competition involves web-based STEM for teams in grades 6–9. Teams are asked to propose a solution to a real problem in their communities. Awards range from honorable mentions to $5,000 savings bonds. Eligibility: Students in grades 6–9. Each team must have one team adviser. The adviser must be at least 21 years old and can be a teacher, parent, sports coach, club leader or any other active community member. Finalist teams will also have a chance to compete for a $5,000 grant to implement their proposed mission.

DEADLINE: Dec. 13 for initial registration.
CONTACT:; CyberMission

Free devices for low-income students and schools

The Sprint Foundation is looking for applications for the 1Million Project. The project will make free devices and services available to schools and districts to benefit 1 million low-income high school students. Students receive (for up to four years while in high school): 3 GB per month of free high-speed LTE data while on the Sprint network; unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3 GB in a month; a free smartphone, tablet or hotspot device; free hotspot capability and unlimited domestic calls and text while on the Sprint network for students who receive a smartphone; Sprint Guardian, a free content filter solution on the Sprint Network designed to block access to content deemed harmful to minors as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Eligibility: High schools and school districts.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted through early spring 2018.
CONTACT:; 1Million Project

Share tech-focused lesson plans

This is a chance for K–8 educators to share their tech-focused lesson plan for a chance to win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions and apps for your students, and more. The sponsors — Fios, Verizon and the Beacon — are looking for lesson plans that: teach students why technology is important (and how to use it) in your subject; give a detailed description of lessons, handouts, homework assignments, etc., plus a list of required resources; encourage participation and engagement with in-class demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, etc.; are designed for students between kindergarten and 8th-grade levels; specify benchmarks for measuring students’ comprehension of major concepts; and are solely your work, without the use of prepared educational materials available elsewhere. To enter, create a tech-focused lesson plan to teach students about applications for technology in your subject; compile a single Google Doc containing your lesson plan; a one-paragraph personal statement about why you believe students in your field should learn about technology; and all supplementary materials required for your lesson plan. Complete and submit the online form using a shareable link to your Google Doc.

CONTACT: Technology Grant

Smart kids contest

The Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education are looking for entrants for the “Cha-Ching” Money Smart Kids! Contest. The contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Winning school receives $10,000. A $1,000 grant is awarded to a charity of the winning school’s choice. In addition, the winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event and will be entered for a chance to spend time with children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, co-creator of “Blue’s Clues” and “Super Why!” and the characters of “Cha-Ching.” Eligibility: Elementary schools.

DEADLINE: Dec. 14.
CONTACT: Cha-Ching Contest

Summer fellowship program

Education Pioneers is soliciting applications for the 2018 Summer Fellowship program. The program provides exceptional professionals with stepping stones into education leadership careers that solve problems outside the classroom so that teachers and students can succeed inside the classroom. Fellows receive a 10-week summer placement and a $7,200 stipend. Eligibility: Individuals. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree; two years of full-time professional work experience, which excludes undergraduate or graduate internships; authorization to work in the U.S on a full-time basis for the entire program (international students eligible only if visa assistance is not required); commitment to Education Pioneers’ mission and values; and a passion for K-12 public education.

DEADLINE: Dec. 18.
CONTACT:; Education Pioneers