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The American Association of Physics Teachers’ Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching was established to support special activities in this area of teaching. Activities can include — but are not limited to — the development and distribution of innovative apparatuses for physics teaching, traveling exhibits of apparatuses and local workshops. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: AAPT members.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2021.


Lemelson-MIT is seeking participants for its InvenTeams program. The program invites teams of high school students, educators and mentors to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Funds: Grants up to $10,000. Eligibility: STEM educators. Funds may be allocated for research, materials and learning experiences related to the project. Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services (e.g., intellectual property legal protection, engineering services). Funds may be used for an unrestricted teacher fellowship of $3,000 if the project is conducted as an extracurricular activity or club.

DEADLINE: June 4, 2021.


Each year, the City Gardens Club of New York City pays program fees for a limited number of public school teachers to attend summer workshops at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, Shelburne Farms in Vermont, the Horticultural Society and the New York Botanical Garden. This year all courses are online. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, P in-service credit where available and course materials. Elementary, middle and high school teachers who teach science in the classroom are eligible.

DEADLINE: May 1 for the summer of 2021.

CONTACT: Application forms and descriptions of the programs are available at

Each year the Fund for the City of New York, along with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes and celebrates seven extraordinary science and math teachers who achieve superb results inspiring students to learn, enjoy, excel and often pursue careers in STEM-related fields. To qualify for nomination, a teacher must be a New York City high school math or science teacher for at least five years, must teach at least four periods a day, and demonstrate excellence in teaching and in achieving results. The winners are chosen by an independent panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators. Seven awards are given. Each winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the school’s science or mathematics department will receive $2,500 to be used to strengthen its program. Nominations are welcome from principals, supervisors, colleagues, students, former students, parents and others who are familiar with the teacher’s work.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

CONTACT: To fill out the nomination form, go to

Become a B&N (Barnes & Noble) Educator and save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use. Educators will also receive discounts of up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days and first access to helpful educational resources, valuable email offers and information on exclusive Educator events.

CONTACT: Barnes & Noble

The New York Times offers a 50% discount to teachers who want to apply for a Basic digital subscription or All Access subscription. The Basic subscription is $1.88 per week and gives you unlimited articles on any device. The All Access subscription is $3.13 per week and gives you unlimited articles, NYT Cooking and NYT Games on any device.

CONTACT: The New York Times

DonorsChoose is a charity organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers can create a fundraiser that allows others to donate toward goals like new school resources or classroom projects. Any teacher or school administrator with financial need can apply by creating an account and setting up a fundraiser, then sharing for others to donate. There’s no deadline to apply.


The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. With more than $5 million in awarded grants, Voya Unsung Heroes has proven to be a popular program with educators. Past winners have inspired success in the classroom and affected a countless number of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. All K–12 educators can apply.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021 
CONTACT: Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

NBC 4 New York meteorologists and weather experts offer a “real world” look at weather reporting for students, demonstrating how they track and forecast local weather. The interactive presentation also offers important guidance on staying safe in severe weather and allows ample time for students to ask questions. Principals, administrators and science teachers at tri-state elementary schools can sign up for personalized classroom instruction led by weather experts from NBC 4 New York/WNBC. Schools selected for participation will be notified at least 30 days in advance.


Rakuten OverDrive announced that library patrons and students of participating public libraries and schools can borrow and read digital versions of Pokémon Adventures and Pokémon movie adaptations of manga titles published in English by VIZ Media. Public library patrons can access the titles via the Libby app or access them on a computer browser. Students of participating schools can use Sora, the student reading app, or obtain access via a computer browser.

CONTACT: OverDrive.