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Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition

Awards to USA Elementary, Middle, and High School
Programs in Eligible Areas for Innovative Lab Instruction

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell

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Deadline Date:

02/04/19 11:59 PM EST


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Awards to USA elementary, middle and high school programs in eligible areas for innovative and exceptional science lab instruction. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding approaches in science lab instruction that utilize limited laboratory and school resources. This program also seeks to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.

The new Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators, to recognize outstanding K–12 school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field in the following states near Shell assets: Alabama, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

Applicants must demonstrate:
- Innovative science inquiry in the classroom with limited laboratory equipment, materials, and resources
- Impact and engagement with students and community
- Need for additional professional development and science materials
- Use of NGSS, state and/or national standards
- Use of safety practices (
- Agree to provide pre and post impact assessment of students performance, professional development at NSTA conferences, and Carolina Biological materials used, and Smithsonian curriculum at the K-8 levels

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184712

Number of Grants:

36 regional winners and a grand prize winner for each grade band chosen from the pool of regional winners, for year 2 recognition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- One Elementary and one Middle School from each asset will each receive a lab makeover with professional development support package* valued up to $10,000**.
- One High School from each asset will receive a lab makeover with professional development support package* valued up to $15,000.
- Prizes include lab equipment from Carolina Biological Supply Company ($5k for elementary/middle; $10k for high schools), NSTA STEM Forum on science education, NSTA membership, NSTA Learning Center.
- A grand prize school will be selected for each grade band,the winning school’s principal and teacher will receive an additional prize package to attend NSTA’s national conference on science education.
- The Grand Prize Winners and their principals will be honored at the Teacher Awards Gala and Shell Reception at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, during the second year.

**Each elementary and middle school will be required to order the Smithsonian kits as part of their support package.
*Professional development includes the Smithsonian Institution (K-8); Carolina Biological; and the NSTA Learning Center.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Individual teachers of science in grades K-12, representing their schools in the following eligible areas near Shell assets:

- Mobile, AL
- Martinez, CA (Martinez Unified School District, Mt. Diablo Unified School District)
- Carson, CA (LAUSDs in Carson, Mormon Island, Van Nuys, Colton, Long Beach)
- Convent, LA (St. James Parish, Livingston Parish)
- Port Allen, LA (West Baton Rouge Parish)
- Geismar, LA (Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, City of Zachary SD, City of Central SD, City of Baker SD)
- Norco, LA (St. Charles Parish, St. John Parish)
- New Orleans, LA (Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Terrebonne Parish, LaFourche Parish, Iberville Parish, St. Tammany Parish, La Fourche Parish, St. Bernard Parish)
- Monaca, PA (Cen. Valley, Aliquippa, W.Beaver, Beaver, Rochester, N. Brighton, Riverside, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk)
- Deer Park, TX (Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD, LaPorte ISD)
- Kermit, TX (Kermit ISD, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Wink-Loving ISD)
- Puget Sound, WA (Anacortes SD, La Conner SD, Mt. Vernon SD, Burlington-Edison SD, Sedro-Wooley SD, Concrete SD,
Conway SD)
- Houston, TX (Region 4 Education Service Center)

- Each teacher is limited to one application per year
- Schools may submit an unlimited number of applications annually, and each school is limited to winning two prize packages in total

To be eligible for consideration, all work must be current and cumulative as applicable.

SD = school district
ISD = independent school district
USD = unified school district

Pre-proposal Conference:

A web seminar will take place January 23:

Target Audience: K-12 teachers teaching in the regions mentioned above
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT / 4:30 PM MT / 3:30 PM PT
New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Sheila Smith

More information:
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Pre-Application Information:

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 2/4/2019, via online submission. There is no fee to enter.

The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Judging Panel will review applications and select up to 72 regional finalists (2 in each grade band of regions). Regional finalists will be asked to provide additional responses, including a 3-5 minute video that displays the school’s current science classroom or lab facilities and provides further explanation of how winning equipment/resources would make a difference in the applicant’s science teaching, and in the learning experiences for students.

The judging panel will review the regional finalist submissions and select 36 regional winners and will select Grand Prize winners from the pool of regional winners, for year 2 recognition.

The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Grand Prize winners will be honored during a black-tie dinner gala on 4/12/2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submit a nomination:

For more information contact Amanda Upton, the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition liaison, at 703.312.9217 or

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201

Grant Coverage Areas:

In specified eligible area school districts.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Mobile;   California: Martinez and Carson;   Louisiana: Convent and Geismar, and New Orleans ;   Pennsylvania: Monaca ;   Texas: Deer Park, Houston, and Kermit;   Washington: Puget Sound