Science Ambassador Scholarship

 

Applications are now open!

Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-ride tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, technology, or math. Applications close December 11th, 2016 at midnight central time.

To apply, submit a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about.

  • Deliver a mini lecture, not a personal statement, as if you are teaching or lecturing an audience.
  • Don’t spend lots of time introducing yourself—just jump right into your topic.
  • Your video should be three minutes, no longer.
  • You can discuss any topic in science you like, not necessarily your field of study.
  • Upload the video to YouTube, and make sure the video is set to public.

Visit scienceambassadorscholarship.org to apply.

ASEE Essay/Video Contest

Now accepting submissions!

Prompt
The increasing demand for STEM graduates with skills to work and innovate in a global market demands a pipeline of talent from all walks of life. Describe a time in your life (via written response or video) where you organized or participated in an effort to encourage P12 students to go into a STEM field, specifically engineering. Be sure to discuss/show why you participated, what you did, and how the event impacted the students. The video should not be an advertisement for your organization’s outreach.

Prizes
Winners are selected by a group of reviewers from the ASEE Diversity Committee. Up to 3 awards will be given as prizes for the top submissions from all categories.

  • 1st Place: $275
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $70

Submission Timeline
September 1: Contest Opens for Submission
February 1: Submission Deadline
March 1: Submission Review Deadline
April 1: Winners Notified

 

You can learn more by going to http://diversity.asee.org/essay-contest.

2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Nominations Open!

Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Formally known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contributions and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each recipient will receive $1,500, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

More information can be found here.

FLL Grants Available

We appreciate the generous support of John Deere and Rockwell Collins for FIRST teams in Iowa last season.  Grants are now available for the 2016 Animal Allies season.  Follow the links below for more information and to apply.

John Deere FLL Jr. Grant Applications will open on Aug 8, 2016.

John Deere FLL Grants

Rockwell Collins FLL Grants

 

PLTW and AP

PLTW is proud to announce that we are now an official endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSP syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSP. Learn more about PLTW’s CSP course.

Earlier this month, we also announced the official launch of the AP + PLTW Student Recognition application process. As part of our partnership with the College Board, the AP + PLTW program provides an opportunity for students to earn a recognition that shows college and employers that they’re ready for advanced course work and interested in STEM careers. To earn the recognition, a student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway — one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW — and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) assessment(s). Learn more about the AP + PLTW program and student recognition

Upcoming STEM Event

April 22 – Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition – High School Teams

Registration is now open for high school teams & volunteers for the 8th Annual QCESC Trebuchet Egg Throw Contest hosted at Bettendorf High School.  This is the 2nd event with the QC Tech Challenge ( in addition to the Jan 29-30 Bridge Building and May 13 Cardboard Boat Race).

Teams of 3-8 students, design & build trebuchets to launch raw eggs at targets at three, specified distances 75, 100, and 125 feet. Each team will get four shots at each distance with the two best shots counted for scoring. This field competition will count for 60 of the total 100 possible points.

In addition to the trebuchet, a presentation worth up to 40 points is given by each team to local engineers from the QCESC.

 

Help is available for new teams/schools wanting to participate.

 

Link to further information including pre-registration for teams & volunteers.

PLTW Grant Opportunities – Deadlines Approaching

Deadlines are fast approaching for the following PLTW grant opportunities.  Please consider apply for these grant dollars for expansion and sustainability of your PLTW program.

Inquiries into grant eligibility or questions about the full details can be sent to grants@pltw.org.

Verizon

The 2016-17 Verizon-PLTW school grant opportunity is open now until March 31. Any middle school that does not currently offer PLTW Gateway’s Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) units and has a free and reduced lunch-eligible student population of 70 percent or greater is eligible to apply. Visit the Grant Opportunities page to learn more.

Given the significant interest in this opportunity, coupled with the limited number of grants available, it is expected to be a very competitive grant competition. Therefore, Verizon encourages schools to apply as soon as possible. If you have questions, please email Verizon@pltw.org.

Bemis

Bemis and Project Lead The Way are partnering again for a new competitive grant for select school districts. These grants have an application window from Feb. 22 to Mar. 30, 2016.

Please note the implementation grants available:

PLTW Gateway – $20,000 = $10,000 in year one and $10,000 in year two

PLTW Launch – $7500 = $5000 in year one and $2500 in year two

 

Note: To be eligible, elementary and middle schools must reside in an active PLTW district where Bemis has in the past supported a PLTW program implementation of some sort, and the school cannot currently have the PLTW program for which they are applying.  Gateway requirement is that the school must need to be ready to implement any two of the Gateway units in Fall 2016.

 

If a district wants to apply for several grants for multiple elementary buildings for Launch, as an example, please feel free to email grants@pltw.org explaining the situation rather than doing individual applications for more than 3-4 schools.

Summer Internship Opportunity

The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals is offering high school students a paid summer internship to participate in ongoing research at Iowa State University. The Young Engineers and Scientists (YES) program is an opportunity for students to broaden their horizons in science and engineering as well as get hands-on, practical experience in a state-of-the-art research laboratory.

 

Applications are due by March 15, 2016.  You can find more information online at  http://www.cbirc.iastate.edu/education/precollege/ or by viewing the 2016 YES Flyer.

STEM Outreach Request

Are you interested in a campus visit, hands-on activity, or demonstration for your K-12 students?  Let us know more about your request by filling out a STEM Outreach Request form.

**Please note that submission of the request form does not guarantee we will be able to honor your request

US Naval Academy 2016 Summer STEM Program

Applications for the 2016 Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Program are open at www.usna.edu/admissions/STEM. Session dates include June 6-11 for rising 9th graders; June 13-18 for rising 10th graders; and June 20-24 for rising 11th graders. This annual summer program is designed to expose young people to STEM concepts and technologies and to encourage 9th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school, college and beyond.