Innovation at the Community Level

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a national competition for public schools grades 6–12, in which students use technology to create change in their communities. With their teacher’s assistance, students can apply and compete to win up to $100,000 in prizes for their school, plus the opportunity to work with Samsung employees to develop their prototypes and pitch their idea to a panel of judges in New York City.

October 1, 2021
Webinar Series on the Future of Safety Science and Sustainability

Underwriters Laboratories is looking for inquisitive students who are ready to explore the rapidly growing field of global safety science and sustainability as part of a new webinar series. Whether students are interested in communications or chemistry, project management or physics, data science or design, engineering or education, opportunities exist in this dynamic and exponentially growing field.
Funding & Recognition
Contest Recognizing Inventive Films of Award-Winning Children’s Books

Since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been recognized as the most prestigious award in children’s literature. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.

Funding & Recognition
Free Leadership Curriculum with a Community Service Framework

Lead4Change leadership lessons, with a community service focus, produce real change in sixth- through twelfth-graders. The lessons are aligned with current education standards, including SEL, PBL, Literacy, and 21st Century Skills. The organization also offers Integration Guides for incorporating the lessons into CTE, STEAM, Gifted Education, and core subject areas—English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art. Student teams can enter the Lead4Change Challenge and win grants for their school or community.
Professional Growth
New Data Hub on Schools and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 School Data Hub serves as a central database for educators, researchers, and policymakers looking to study and understand how the pandemic shaped students' modes of learning in the 2020–21 school year and what the implications of that are going forward.

Hands-on Cybersecurity and Cryptoanalysis Challenge

Developed by the National Security Agency (NSA), the Codebreaker Challenge offers students in US-based academic institutions the opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering / low-level code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set in an NSA mission-centric scenario.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Learning in Sync: Tools Designed for iPads, Built for Classrooms

Educators are shifting their focus to solutions that maximize their schools’ technology investments, drive learning outcomes, and build confidence in the classroom. Built for the iPad ecosystem and designed for diverse learning styles, Logitech’s education solutions expand the horizons of what is possible in the classroom and beyond. Schedule a demo with Logitech’s team and learn about special pricing for your school.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Pop Culture Infused in Digital Storytelling

Poptential from Certell is a family of free social studies courses that infuse lessons with pop culture–rich media to engage learners and teach them how to think critically. Developed by social studies teachers, the standards-based courses include history, civics, economics, and personal finance.
Mobile Learning
App Taking Students on a Virtual Journey Through Space

From DraschVR, the Titans of Space app is a virtual tour of an authentic miniature Solar System with the option to go beyond. Students can stay at each location as long as they would like.

Literacy Resources
Everything You Need to Build an Inclusive Classroom Library

Read for a Better World is a new kind of inclusive literacy collection, designed to help students think, create, share, and grow along the themes of identity, diversity, justice, and action. Through authentic and culturally relevant texts and responsive writing activities, Read for a Better World uses a research-based approach to literacy. With take-home book packs and digital library options, Read for a Better World can adapt to a variety of educators’ needs, whether teachers are planning lessons for either in-classroom or remote and hybrid learning. Classroom libraries curated by education experts provide texts for struggling, on-level, and striving readers, while teacher resources provide theory and lesson plans designed to support the topics of inclusivity and diversity. Institutions using Read for a Better World in the classroom can add on multiuser access to allow students remote access to a curated digital library.
Funding & Recognition
Funding for Education Initiatives to Empower Marginalized Communities

The Peace Development Fund offers De Colores Rapid Response Grants in the range of $500 to $1,000 to impact short-term opportunities for organizing in marginalized urban and rural communities, with emphasis on supporting populations of color and those that are working-class and poor.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Curricula Fostering Nourishment, Stewardship, and Community

The Food Literacy Center in California teaches children in low-income elementary schools cooking, nutrition, gardening, and active play to improve their health, the environment, and the economy.

Nation’s Highest Honors in Recognition of Inspired Math and Science Teaching

For nearly 40 years, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) has honored STEM teachers nationwide for both their deep content knowledge and their ability to motivate students. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K–12 STEM educators. Anyone can nominate a STEM teacher at the K–6 level. Teachers can directly apply at PAEMST awardees will receive a certificate signed by the US president; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF); a paid trip to Washington, DC; and access to a nationwide cohort of award-winning teachers. Nominations are due by January 7, 2022, and applications are due by February 6, 2022.

Professional Growth
Virtual Workshop Presenting Practical Strategies for Digital Learning

Online Teaching and Learning in Action from Harvard Graduate School of Education serves as an action-oriented space where classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators can engage in conversation, participate in a supportive community, give and receive feedback from peers, and iterate on work in a flexible environment.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Funding & Recognition
Video Contest Imagining Math Class in the Future

National Math FestivalMathematical Sciences Research Institute, and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics invite youth aged 13–18 in the United States to imagine the future of math class in an antiracist world.
Artwork Inspired by Images from a NASA Telescope

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites K–12 students to create artwork inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s cosmic successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.

Mobile Learning
App Illustrating Evolutionary Relationships Among Living Beings

Developed by PappCorn, the Tree of Life app is an interactive and illustrated family-level phylogeny of living beings. Main groups of organisms—from bacteria to vertebrates—are displayed in the initial tree as collapsed branches that can be opened to view family-level relationships.