Society for Science - STEM Research Grants Application

STEM Research Grants provide support to middle school and high school teachers engaging their students in authentic scientific research. Over 3 years, $340,000 has been awarded to 88 teachers. Priority consideration is given to schools who support low income students and students underrepresented in STEM fields.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Society for Science & the Public will be offering 100 teachers $1,000 each to select from a variety of take-home kits to support students in completing independent science research projects. The selection of kits is shown below.

For the purposes of this grant, a research project is defined as an independent investigation by a student involving experimentation to answer a scientific question outside of regular classwork. Independent research projects are frequently entered into science fairs and other competitions.

Eligibility

    • Teachers must be employed full time by a high school or middle school in the United States.
    • Preference will be given to teachers at schools that are composed of at least 25% low income students or 25% students of underrepresented race or ethnicity in STEM - American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, or Polynesian).

Applications Deadline: September 1st, 2020.

Selection of kits to support students

Arduino Student Kit: A kit that lets students explore the basics of programming, coding and electronics including current, voltage, and digital logic.
Camera trap: Captures daytime and nighttime photos of local wildlife.
Carolina Chemistry Kit: Promotes hands-on investigations of chemistry concepts including properties of matter and solutions; kinetics, pH, and organic and biochemistry.
Drinking Water Test Strips Test drinking water quality, including Lead, Fluoride, Iron, Copper, Mercury, Nitrate, pH, Total Alkalinity, and Total Water Hardness.
Fisher Science Education Lab Safety Kit: Explore the chemical properties of different water sources.
Foldscopes: Create a portable and durable microscope at home with 140X magnification and 2 micron resolution.
Neuron Spikerbox Bundle: The Neuron SpikerBox is a bioamplifier that allows students to hear and see real-time electrical "spikes", or action potentials, of live, signalling neurons in invertebrates.
Water Sampling Kit Students can analyze sample water for eight different test factors: pH, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, temperature, turbidity, nitrate, phosphate, and coliform bacteria.
Weather Experiment Kit Students can explore and track multiple weather phenomena.

Process

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the STEM Research Grant with your email and password.

3. Create

Select the award you won from the dropdown list.

4. Save

As you are completing the form, your responses can be saved as a DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the form is saved. At any time, you can download and print your form by clicking on the Download Button in the Form Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your form as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your form for your records by clicking on the download button in the Form Summary section in the right column.

"For any questions, please reach out to teachers@societyforscience.org.

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Note

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Society for Science & the Public will be offering a selection of kits to support students in completing independent science research projects. For the purposes of this grant, a research project is defined as an independent investigation by a student involving experimentation to answer a scientific question outside of regular classwork. Independent research projects are frequently entered into science fairs and other competitions."

Contact Us

Society for Science & the Public
1719 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
teachers@societyforscience.org