Grants to Help Students Think Critically and Solve Problems
TheNEA Foundation’s Student Success grants fund projects that will stimulate students’ curiosity and help them become successful global citizens who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. The grants may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Eligible applicants include public school educators in prek–12, as well as public school education support professionals. Applicants should summarize the project they are proposing: What are the goals for student learning? How will outcomes be measured? What are the student needs for the project—academic, but also sociological, economic, emotional, and/or cultural? What activities will educators and students engage in to reach the learning goals? How will the activities engage students in critical thinking and problem solving? Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: March 19, 2021, for applications; notification in May 2021
Wonder Workshop is sponsoring the Wonder League Robotics Competition, a free global, virtual competition for students aged 6–14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem solving, and creativity by learning to code.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (AiC Educator Award) identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging ninth- through twelfth-grade students who self-identify as female, genderqueer, or nonbinary to explore their interests in computing and technology.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.