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National Institute of Standards and Technology: Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers Program

Deadline: March 4, 2016

The Department of Commerce, National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) is soliciting applications from eligible public school districts and accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and its territories. These eligible institutions would nominate middle school science teachers in grades 6, 7, and/or 8, to participate in the NIST Summer Institute Program. The NIST Summer Institute Program will provide selected teachers hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The aims of the NIST Summer Institute Program are to increase teachers’ understanding of the subjects they teach, provide materials and resources to implement what they have learned at NIST in the classroom, enhance their enthusiasm for science, increase teachers’ understanding of how scientific research is carried out, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an on-going network of scientists and engineers at NIST who will be available for consultation even after the NIST Summer Institute Program has ended.

Amount: Approximately $78,000 in awards will be made. NIST anticipates funding awards to support approximately 22 teachers at no more than $4,000 per teacher for a stipend and travel expenses.

Eligibility: Public school districts and/or accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and/or its territories that offer instruction in general science fields, such as earth science, physical science, chemistry, physics, and/or biology for grades 6, 7, and 8.

Link: http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/application-process.cfm

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