The California Department of Education and the Agricultural Education Teacher Training Center conduct an Agricultural Education Professionals Institute in Sacramento. Coordinator Linda Whent of the Department of Agronomy & Range Science teaches a workshop on obtaining UC lab science and elective credit for high school agriculture courses along with information teachers need to know to assist agriculture students in gaining entrance to UC Davis. Contact Dr. Whent at 530-752-3040.
JASRAP (Junior Academic Science Research Achievement Program) and CAPSRAP (Collegiate Academic Preparatory Science Research Achievement Program) have supported summer outreach programs for area high schools for 13 consecutive years. These programs are designed to inspire talented students to achieve high educational goals and encourages them to pursue careers as scientists, scholars, teachers and leaders in society. The college has served nearly 400 students from underrepresented segments of the population and low-income backgrounds through these programs.
In 1994 a group of undergraduate students at the University of California, Davis formed a student group called SEED (Students for the Earth and Environment at Davis). This group focuses on enhancing environmental education in local elementary schools. College students serve as a vital link between the University and the community by making campus resources available to elementary school teachers. This is done through undergraduate students teaching the SEED curriculum in the elementary school classrooms. The SEED curriculum is designed to allow busy college students to give fun, exciting and informative lessons with little preparation time.
The Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP) is operated by the Yolo County Community Partnership Agency (CPA) and the Private Industry Council. With this program, high school kids are placed in campus departments. Current plans call for approximately 30 - 40 high school students to be placed on campus where they would be monitored by fellows/grad students. Some may even have an opportunity to work locally in companies belonging to local alumni. This program provides a variety of opportunities for learning work maturity, basic skills, and work experience. For further information, please contact Art Williams at 752-7997.
Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual women and American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches and states for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Grant projects must have direct public impact and be nonpartisan.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support projects designed to improve higher education in humanities and science/math education. Collaborative partnerships between college faculties and high schools or combined efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities and high schools are encouraged. Proposal for developing methods for using electronic resources to improve secondary education systems also will be considered.
Through its community relations program, BP supports local organizations throughout the United States to help meet the changing needs of people in many cities and towns. Funds are provided for general operations and for specific projects. Education grants are provided for the revitalization of inner-city education; improvement of math and science instruction in grades K-12; and programs which encourage minorities to enter the fields of engineering and science.
CSIN Lead Teacher Summer Institute is a place where K-12 teachers can overcome their fears of the vast world of science. At Cal State Sacramento, teachers team up with professors to learn about the sciences they may have avoided in college. Once they have an understanding, these teachers return to their classrooms and confidently share their learning with their students -- the next generation of scientists.
Funding through this program is awarded to environmental efforts including encouraging biodiversity and eliminating toxins from the source. Contact the fund staff at (707)874 2942, or send a blank e-mail to email@example.com to receive an electronic version of the foundation's latest brochure and guidelines.
The Environmental Education Grants Program provides financial support for projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, including assessing environmental and ecological conditions or specific environmental issues or problems.
Explorit! serves more than 40,000 Yolo County children and adults each year through its hands-on educational science programs. Explorit's programs are designed to attract, entertain, arouse curiosity, lead to questioning--and thus promote learning. Explorit serves the general public and school groups at its facility, and also provides schools and communities with a selection of traveling programs. The Program brochure - designed mainly for schools - is published in late summer. Please call (530) 756-0191 to have a copy mailed to you.
Hewlett-Packard has teamed up with schools to fund summer science institutes. The goal of these institutes is to change the curricula from "cookbook" experiences to "hands-on" after school science programs.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) provides 165 fellowships in biochemistry, biostatistics, cell biology, developmental biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, micro- biology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, etc. Eighty-seven of the fellowships are five year awards for graduate students.
The Precollege Science Education Program enriches science education for K-12 students. It awarded $12.7 million in 1999. In 1994 it awarded $200,000 to UCSF to work with a local school district.
In 1989, Intel established the Intel Foundation for the purpose of developing and funding educational and charitable programs. The Intel Foundation's specific funding objectives are to: 1)Advance math, science, and engineering education; 2) Promote the entrance of women and underrepresented minorities into careers in science and engineering; and 3) Promote public understanding of technology and its impact on contemporary life.
Purpose: The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program encourages active biomedical and/or behavioral scientists to work as partners with educators, media experts, community leaders, and other interested organizations on projects to improve the student (K-12) and the public understanding of the health sciences.
The primary objective of the program is to provide fellowships to highly qualified graduate and advanced undergraduate students in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) disciplines to serve directly as SMET resources in the Nation's K-12 schools.
This program promotes a better understanding of the process of science and scientific thinking through voluntary, self-directed, and long term learning. Informal science projects are often visual or object-oriented, operating through a variety of media and organizations including: television, film, museums, nature centers, parks and libraries. The projects are designed to reach a large national or regional audience for maximum impact and promote new relationships between informal and formal education.
This program seeks to promote comprehensive change in the undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technical education of future teachers. All of the components of teacher preparation should be addressed. Projects are encouraged that support collaborative efforts with one large institution or among a set of institutions and among the faculties in the departments of mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and education.
NSTA and its sponsors reward teachers and students with over $1 million in cash and prizes each year. Their web page outlines opportunities to receive personal and school recognition. All you have to do is download the applications of the programs you are interested in.
The annual Society of Toxicology (SOT) meeting in Philadelphia has numerous workshops designed to help K-12 teachers become better instructors of environmental health and toxicology. Several prominent scientists and educators will provide a program focused on the practical aspects of outreach programs with kids. The purpose of the workshop is to give SOT members the philosophical approaches and specific educational tools that are effective in classroom presentations. Specific hands-on demonstrations of proven techniques will be provided at the workshop.
Toyota TAPESTRY is one of the largest national K-12 science teacher grant programs. It is funded by Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. TAPESTRY provides 50 grants(up to $10,000 each) to science teachers for innovative classroom science projects in the field of physical science application or environmental education. Applications and more information are available annually in August.
The Woodrow Wilson Environmental Science Institute sends local science teachers to a summer science institute (in Costa Rica last year). Teachers will be given approximately $8,000, (including a stipend of $2,000 for each of two facilitators) in NSF funds to facilitate two-week workshops in their area following the institute.