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
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Primer is a community built for ambitious youth to explore their interests together and compete in monthly competitions. Primer clubs offer passionate young people everything, from writing to game design.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, has partnered with Exelon Foundation in championing science learning for high school students and in encouraging new thinking about the environment. Out-of-school-time providers are invited to develop a STEM Lab for the future aimed at tackling solutions to the environmental crisis, with a minds-on approach and hands-on science skills.