Grant and Award Programs
16th Annual Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition

Sponsored by Duracell North Atlantic Group and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the 16th Annual Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition offers students in grades 7 through 12 opportunities to win United States Series EE Savings Bonds of up to $20,000 face value. The competition rewards imagination, ingenuity, and mechanical ability. This is the first time the competition has been open to 7th and 8th grade students and to students working in teams of two.
To enter, a student or pair of students must create and build a working device powered by DURACELL batteries. Devices should perform a practical function. This can include (but is not limited to) devices that educate, entertain, or make life easier in some way. Each entry must be designed and built by the entrant(s).
To qualify, an entry must include all of the following: A descriptive two-page essay (with the required paragraphs), a wiring diagram, clear photos of the device, and a completed Official Entry Form. Although the device should be built and working at the time of the entry, it should not be submitted with the entry materials.
From these entries, a panel of distinguished scientists and science educators will select 100 final entries (50 from grades 7-9 and 50 from grades 10-12). These finalists will be notified through their sponsoring teacher(s) and asked to ship their actual devices to Duracell headquarters for final judging. Finalist(s) will be prize-winners only upon receipt of their devices.
For more information call: 1-888-255-4242.
or write: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3000
Deadline is 5:00pm, Wednesday, January 14, 1998.

97-'98 Sigma Xi Outstanding

Science or Mathematics

Teacher Award

The CSRA Chapter of Sigma Xi is seeking nominations for outstanding teachers of science/mathematics at the middle school and high school levels. Teachers selected for the award receive a $100 stipend and a plaque honoring their achievement to be presented at the annual Sigma Xi meeting in April/May. Teachers interested in applying for the award need to submit a letter of application, a vita, and three letters of recommendation (at least one from a school administrator and one from a teaching colleague) to Dr. Jeff Priest, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801; (803) 648-6851. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 1998.

6th Annual Toshiba/NSTA Explora Vision Awards Program

Sponsored by Toshiba
and administered by the
National Science Teachers Association
ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill and ability levels in grades K-12, who are United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science and technology to create and explore a vision of the future.
To prepare an entry, students work in groups of three or four, simulating Research and Development (R&D) teams, along with a teacher advisor and an optional community advisor and an optional community advisor. Each team selects a technology, or an aspect of a technology that is present in the home, school and/or community. For example, they may choose something as simple as a pencil or as complex as a television. They will explore what it does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. The students must then project into the future what that technology could be like 20 years from now. Finally, they must convey their vision to others through both a description and storyboard (a series of frames from a would-be-movie).
For more information
call: 1-800-EXPLOR-9
or write: TOSHIBA//NSTA ExploraVision Awards
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3000
The deadline for entries is February 3, 1998 (5pm EST)

1998 Toyota Tapestry Grant Program

Want to get your innovative science teaching idea off the ground? Toyota Tapestry Grant Program could be the ticket.
A partnership of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the TOYOTA TAPESTRY grant program offers grants to K-12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Fifty one-year grants, totaling up to $500,000 will be awarded this year. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a TOYOTA TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements.
To apply:
Write to: NSTA/Toyota Tapestry
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
or call: 1-800-807-9852
The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 21, 1998.

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