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STEM grants available to local teachers

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm

The Science and Technology Education and Training (STEDTRAIN) Committee has announced the continuation of its Seed Grant Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program for K-12 schools in Lincoln County for the 2017-18 school year.

Over the past twenty-nine years, STEDTRAIN has awarded 559 STEM Seed Grants totaling more than $556,000 that have been donated by their many benefactors. Historically, STEDTRAIN Type I Standard Seed Grants ranged from $200 to $1,000 and were awarded for innovative, hands-on projects that stimulated the student’s interest in scientific and technical subjects.

Since 2012, Fayetteville-Lincoln County teachers have been awarded six Seed Grants totaling more than $8,000. No Seed Grant proposals have been submitted by Fayetteville-Lincoln County teachers since 2015.

“I would like to see Lincoln County teachers claiming our county’s fair share of this STEM grant program,” said H-STAC president and STEDTRAIN website administrator Ron Hackett.

For the 2018-19 school year, the STEDTRAIN Program includes a more challenging class of grants that may qualify for awards of $1,500 to $2,500, Type II Enhanced Seed Grants. The program also retains the original range of $200 to $1,000. A teacher may apply for one or two, but only one of the two classes of grants will be awarded to a successful applicant.

Please note that the decision of the committee is final as to the level of grant to be awarded to you if you choose to submit both Type I and II Grant Proposals. And, please note that in no case will a grant value exceeding $2,500 be awarded. There are no grants in the amount of $3,500.

The proposal instructions spell out how to apply for both the original grant amounts and the new grant amounts and will include the additional requirements that must be met to qualify for the $2,500 grant. Any teacher in public or private schools within the area counties may apply for a Seed Grant.

STEDTRAIN seeks Seed Grant applications that propose innovative projects that “seed” an enthusiasm in students for STEM education, including Bloom’s taxonomy, enhancing technology awareness and interest and workforce careers. The projects must involve hands-on activities by the students and can be in-class or extracurricular in nature. They should include new and innovative ways of learning, new concepts, technologies and applications and the challenges of working together to expand and apply their STEM experiences in new and exciting ways.

One of the most important elements of a successful proposal is a solid program plan that lays out the learning goals and objectives to be accomplished, including how any new technology or tools will be used to those ends and how those learning objectives will be evaluated. Proposals that simply seek to obtain hardware or technology without a good program plan for using the hardware or technology will not be funded. Please read and follow the guidelines posted on the website for other restrictions.

Proposals for Seed Grants must be submitted online through the STEDTRAIN website. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on April 1. The school principal must approve the Seed Grant proposal by midnight on April 3. Late submissions and approvals will not be accepted. Seed Grant awards will be announced on or about Aug. 3. Please check the website for other important dates and information about submitting a proposal.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the website at http://www.stedtrain.org/rfp.