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.
Only one application per school or per college department is allowed. To be eligible, the school must be state accredited, located in the United States (including DoDEA schools), and have 50 or more students. Schools serving grades K–12, as well as post-secondary undergraduate college departments are eligible. Preschools, daycare centers, and home schools are not eligible. The grant application must be submitted by an employee at the school who is 18 years of age or older. Technology awarded to the school will be shipped only to the school address. Technology awarded in the grant will become property of the school.
Awardees may be asked to submit a three-minute video clip about their school and/or pictures to be used by Vernier and the media for promotional purposes.
TO APPLY, VISIT: http://www.vernier.com/30years/