Archive for March, 2011

Biogrant for $20,000!

Biogrant is seeking students with the most creative and innovative videos that address the question, how will your Bio shape the future? The winner will receive a grant towards lab equipment and reagents needed for basic molecular biology research.

The Biogrant Video Contest is open to high school students aged 13 years and older. All contestants are required to have an adult sponsor, aged 21 or older, and authorized permission from their educational institution.

1 Grand Prize per region:

United States and Canada: $20,000 (US) grant

To determine the Grand Prize winner in each region, the video essays will be screened by Sigma® Life Science and judged by a selection committee over 2 rounds based on the following criteria:

  • Message and appropriateness to theme (40%)
  • Creativity (40%)
  • Aesthetics (20%)

In Round 1, five judges will determine the top 5 finalists. These 5 finalists will then be judged in Round 2 by a panel of five judges, and the video with the highest score will be declared the Grand Prize winner.

1 Popular Vote Prize per region:

$1000 (US) voucher for Sigma® Life Science reagents

The Popular Vote prize will be awarded the video with the highest average vote on Voting will be open to the public. Visitors to the site can vote on videos by selecting 1–5 stars (One vote per day per IP address). Voting will be open from March 4 through October 28, 2011. The Popular Vote winner will be able to specify the exact products that they need for their lab.

Video entries will be accepted from 12:00am CST on 3/4/11 until 5:00pm CST on 10/28/11.

Toyota International Teacher Program

The Toyota International Teacher Program provides international, professional-development opportunities to U.S. secondary school teachers to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. Each year, the program sends educators overseas for  short-term (2-3 week) study tours to countries that are at the forefront of innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Participating teachers explore social and environmental issues through hands-on activities, and apply what they learn to create interdisciplinary and solution-focused lesson plans.

The program is for U.S. educators and teacher-librarians (grades 7-12) who teach in U.S. schools throughout the 50 states and District of Columbia. Teachers of diverse backgrounds and experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The program is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by the Institute of International Education. The Toyota International Teacher Program is the only program of its kind to be sponsored by a major U.S. corporation.


  • Hold U.S. citizenship
  • Be employed full time as a classroom teacher or teacher-librarian for grades 7 – 12 (Note: Teachers who teach 6th grade as part of a Junior High or Middle School may be considered for the program. However, elementary school teachers are not eligible)
  • Teach in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia
  • Have at least three years of full-time teaching experience (by the program start date)

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will cover all expenses specific to the program. This includes costs of program materials, transportation, meals, and lodging. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will also issue each participant’s school a $500.00 stipend to help defray the costs of participation during the school year.

Applicants should note that they also may need to consider other costs, such as those associated with being away from their jobs during the program and pre-departure expenses such as passports, travel supplies, etc. These costs are not funded by the program.

The deadline to apply is May 4, 2011, 11:59 PM (EST). Please read through the application instructions carefully before starting the online application. Click here to apply online.

National Library of Medicine: Outreach Activities and Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (MIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. The NLM provides teachers and students with direct links to websites and programs that contain useful and reliable science and health information. Our resources will help you introduce, reinforce, and supplement your existing science program. Feel at ease knowing that you can direct your students to trusted, well responded Web resources to conduct research, engage in critical thinking, and make connections between the science taught in the classroom and their health.

To access activities and resources click here

NASA Electronic Professional Development Network

Are you looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting Professional  resources to use in your learning/teaching environments? Then NASA’s electronicDevelopment Network is for you!

The ePDN offers:

  1. Free online certificate programs for K-12 teachers in Robotics, Statistics, Project-Based Inquiry Learning, and Technology Integration
  2. Certificate courses that are hands-on, interactive, and infused with NASA content. Each certificate program consists of four course, totaling at least 52 hours of instruction.
  3. The flexibility to take individual courses within a certificate program, to mix and math courses among certificates, or to complete an entire certificate program. All course can be submitted to your school systems for Continuing Education Units.
  4. Self-Directed Courses that you can participate in at your own pace including: Astrobiology; Microgravity; and Outer Space Environments.
  5. Connections with colleagues around the country, and even the world, who teach or coach similar subjects. All participants must be U.S. citizens.

To access these resources click here.


Vernier is providing 30 grants to ten elementary or middle schools, ten high schools, and ten college or university departments to honor the important work science educators do every day. Each grant awardee will receive $10,000 worth of Vernier technology equipment of their choosing.

“We have had an amazing 30 years of helping educators integrate technology into their science labs,” explains David Vernier, Vernier co-founder and former physics teacher. “Scientists and engineers are critical to future innovation and we are thankful for the creativity, passion, and dedication teachers have in developing fundamental science skills for students of all ages. It gives us great pleasure to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for so many years.”

The contest opens March 9, 2011, and applications  are due by June 1, 2011, with winners  announced by September 15, 2011

A panel of judges will score applications. The judging  panel will be comprised of educational professionals  from Vernier and independent sources. Applications will be judged on innovative ideas, concrete plans for implementation, and financial need.


Toshiba America Foundation Grants For Grades 6-12

Toshiba America Foundation’s mission is to provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects. After school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible. The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms.

Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.

Grades 6-12
Science and math teachers in public or private (non-profit) schools may apply for grants to support classroom science and math education. Endorsement from a school official is required.

Additional details are available in the application forms– How to Apply.

Pearson Prize For Education

The Pearson Prize supports students who have:

  • completed at least one year of college;
  • demonstrated leadership in community service;
  • been attending a two- or four- year school.

Helping Students Finish School

Again in 2011, the Pearson Foundation is identifying 70 students to receive the Pearson Prize in support of their school works and their commitment to the local community. The Pearson Prize offers two fellowships:

  • Pearson Prize National Fellows (20) receive $10,000, paid over two years.
  • Pearson Prize Community Fellows(50) receive $500, awarded in a single year.

The Pearson Prize Higher Education offers more than a financial reward. After a student receives the Pearson Prize, he or she enters into an ongoing support network of current and past Pearson Prize Fellows. All Pearson Prize Fellows gain access to unique student resources and opportunities from Pearson, a leader in education.

Supporting Communities by Investing in Students

Most college award programs and scholarships focus on graduating high school students and award their academic merits. However, often the most dynamic students don’t discover their direction until after their freshman year in college. So, it is often the case that a complete student – one dedicated to service and to the college community – may be least likely to get additional support.

By addressing the needs of these emerging leaders at this point in a college career, the Pearson Prize for Higher Education fills a gap in the student investment scheme of other non-profits, state organization, and philanthropic organizations.

To apply:

Teacher Fellowship Meeting Friday March 18th 2011

CSME Teacher Fellowship Presents…

Reviewing and Revising Quizzes and Tests For Middle and High School Mathematics Teaching 

This interactive workshop is about how to uncover factual and relational understanding of learners through formative assessment. Activities include (1) review and revision of (a) bring-your-own test (b) workshop-provided math items and (2) factors in decision-making for creating a short, purposeful, quiz for your math students.

Current Teachers, CSME Teacher Fellows and Student Teachers are encouraged to bring samples of their own math assessments to revise and share with the group!

Presented By…

Mark K. Davis, Ph.D. Mathematics, has taught mathematics at universities and colleges in California, New York, and Arizona. Mark has 15 years’ experience in local and national mathematics assessment development and standards alignment.

Shandy Hauk, Ph.D. Mathematics, has taught middle school and high school mathematics and English in California and college mathematics in California, Arizona, and Colorado over the last 20 years. Shandy has 15 years’ experience as a researcher and developer of interculturally competent mathematics assessments.

Friday March 18th 2011 Hensill Hall Rm 245 4-6PM

This event is open to all Students, Teachers & Faculty

Dinner will be provided

Please RSVP in SCI 211 or click here to RSVP online.


UGM Game Night at CSME Annex This Friday!

UGM and CSME  are hosting “Game Night” on Friday March 11th from 5-7pm in the CSME Annex -Trailer P3 (Behind Thornton Hall).  Come and us for a evening of board games, chess, dominoes, and other games.

You are encouraged to bring your own board games!

There will be free beverages and snacks!

Get the Math: Take the Challenge

Overview: GET THE MATH is a convergent media project designed to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real world problems.  Drawing on conventions of popular reality TV shows, video segments begin with profiles of young professionals, who then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens.  At that point viewers are encouraged to try the challenges themselves using interactive tools provided on the GET THE MATH website, before returning to the video to see the teams’ solutions.  Students can further explore the same algebra concepts through additional interactive challenges on the website.

Video segments and interactive challenges focus on:

  • Fashion: Chloe Dao, a Texas-based fashion designer and the season two winner of Project Runway, uses math on a day-to-day basis. She asks students to use both proportional reasoning and their sense of style to modify a design in order to get the retail price below a target of $35.
  • Videogames: Julia Detar, a videogame developer at the New York City-based company Arkadium, uses math when she develops online and Facebook games. Julia presents a challenge around a simplified “Asteroids”-type game that introduces basic concepts behind programming. Students use coordinate graphing and linear equations to plot the path of a spaceship and avoid a collision with an oncoming asteroid.
  • Music: Manny Dominguez and Luis Lopez, who perform as the hip-hop duo DobleFlo, write and produce music in collaboration with The Brooklyn Label, an independent record company. They draw on their math skills regularly, particularly when using music production software. The challenge prompts students to use proportional reasoning to calculate the tempo of an instrumental sample, so they can adjust the tempo of an electronic drum track to match it.

Please visit to find out more information and to see videos!

  • Grants requests of less than $5000: Any time
  • Grants requests of more than $5000: February 1st and August 1st