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Deadline: July 10, 2019

National Geographic Education: Middle School Planetary Stewards

National Geographic Education is focused on building geographic competency in middle school students and educators in the United States, Mexico, and Canada by fostering an explorer mindset and building understanding, appreciation, and value for the natural and social sciences at the local, regional, and global levels.

Middle School Planetary Stewards will support projects that address one of the focus areas: Human Journey, Wildlife, or Changing Planet, and are designed to build geographic competency in students through one or more of the following:

  • Develop a particular attitude and/or skill of the Learning Framework (curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, observation, communication, collaboration, and problem solving) or a cluster of these attitudes and skills
  • Use the Geo-Inquiry Process to identify a local, regional, or global problem and take action to address the problem
  • Provide learning experiences that will increase students’ understanding of the interconnections between natural and human systems at local, regional, or global levels
  • Incorporate citizen science activities in student learning to get them involved in their physical environment
  • Incorporate civic action activities in student learning to get them involved in their civic and cultural environment
  • Proposed projects may be carried out at various scales—for example, in one classroom or with one group of learners, with a collection of classrooms or groups, in an after-school program, or in an entire school.

Amount: Applicants may request up to $15,000. Grants typically range from $5,000-$10,000.

Eligibility: Middle school educators in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/middle-school-planetary-stewards/

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