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The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that use and go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at reasoned and justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena/events.

 A Framework for K-12 Science Education, released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011, identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. 

Important Announcements

Cherry Creek High School senior Isani Singh placed third out of 40 finalists in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search contest for her research on the genetic disorder Turner syndrome.

Colorado 7th Grader is America's "Top Young Scientist."

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000.00 grants offer an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. 

What is a STEM School is a resource for identifying and measuring STEM schools and programs.

Solve for Tomorrow is a contest where middle and high school teachers lead a class of students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).  Contest applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology* for their school throughout the competition. 

Sponsor: Lemelson Foundation and the School of Engineering at MIT
Award: $10,000 per grant
Number of Awards: Up to 15
Application Deadline: Initial applications due April 9

Environmental Literacy Program
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Award: Grants tend to fall in the $450,000 range. See NOAA's awards page for details.
Number of Awards: Varies (two in 2017, five in 2016, six in 2015)
Application Deadline: April 9

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education
Sponsor: Monsanto
Award: Up to $25,000
Number of Awards: Varies ($2.3 million available)
Application Deadline: Nominations due April 2; grant proposals due April 15

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant
Sponsor: American Chemical Society
Award: Up to $1,500
Number of Awards: Not specified
Application Deadline: April 14 (grant opens Feb. 1)

Academic Enrichment Grants
Sponsor: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Award: $30,000 maximum ($10,000 over three years)
Number of Awards: Not specified (five awarded last year)
Application Deadline: April 15 (submissions open Jan. 15)

Teacher Development Grants
Sponsor: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
Award: $30,000 maximum ($10,000 over three years)
Number of Awards: Not specified (two awarded last year)
Application Deadline: April 15 (submissions open Jan. 15)

Young Scientist Challenge
Sponsor: Discovery Education and 3M
Award: $25,000 grand prize; other prizes vary
Number of Awards: 71 (61 for students, 10 for educators)
Application Deadline: April 19

Siemens STEM Day
Sponsor: Discovery Education and Siemens
Award: $10,000
Number of Awards: 1
Application Deadline: April 27

American Honda Foundation STEM Grants
Sponsor: American Honda Foundation
Award: $20,000 to $75,000
Number of Awards: Not specified
Application Deadline: May 1 for returning organizations; Aug. 1 for new organizations

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Award: $10 million to $20 million
Number of Awards: 9–18 total in three categories
Application Deadline: Aug. 8

ESA Foundation STEM Grant
Sponsor: Entertainment Software Association Foundation
Award: Not specified, but suggested upper limit for first-time applicants is $50,000
Number of Awards: Not specified
Application Deadline: Letters of inquiry due May 15 (submission period opens April 14)

Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant Program
Sponsor: Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Award: $2,500 plus $1,000 in Crayola gear
Number of Awards: Up to 20 major prizes, plus one Crayola Classpack for every applicant submitting by the early bird deadline
Application Deadline: June 22 (June 4 for early bird prize)


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Fast Facts: Science

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Science education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Science education in Colorado!

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