Grants to Increase Interest in STEM and ICT Careers
The National Science Foundation is requesting proposals for Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), an applied research and development program providing direct student learning opportunities in preK–12. The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future. ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships. ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST expects to fund between 22 and 30 awards per year, depending on the type of proposal and funding level. NSF anticipates having approximately $25,000,000 to $30,000,000 available for the FY20 competition and approximately $25,000,000 to $30,000,000 each year thereafter.
Deadlines: Full proposalsdue by 5 p.m. (submitter’s local time) on August 19, 2019; August 14, 2020; August 13, 2021
The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds that fits right in a user’s pocket. Developed for all experience levels, it will help users identify the birds around them, keep track of the birds they’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near them.
The Science Without Borders Challenge is an international art contest that engages students in promoting the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues.
The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.