The National Science Foundation is awarding up to 18 multiyear grants for efforts that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in preK–12 schools. The awards this year are expected to total $10 million to $20 million, with individual awards ranging from $400,000 to $2 million apiece. The program—Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)—is aimed at increasing awareness of STEM occupations among preK–12 students, motivating them to pursue STEM careers and helping them to develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. Proposed programs can be designed for engaging students within school, outside of school, or a combination of the two. Partnerships between preK–12 schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations are encouraged. Three types of grants will be awarded this year: a maximum of four two-year “Exploratory” grants of up to $400,000 each; a maximum of 12 three-year “Strategies” grants worth up to $1.2 million each; and a maximum of two three- to five-year “Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination” grants of up to $2 million each.
Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.
Did you know the origin of the word meme has more to do with evolutionary biology than LOLcats? Or that the chemical element cobalt takes its name from a pesky goblin in German folklore? Science Diction is a bite-sized podcast about words—and the science stories behind them.
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids makes many aspects of the engineering process accessible to children. Whether it’s designing and making, applying principles of mechanics, or just inspiring creativity, the collection of apps will teach and engage children as young as four.