Contests

1 | Calling All Backyard Superheroes
For the Be a Backyard Superhero essay contest, students will write and illustrate their own stories about battling environmental villains and keeping the “green” in green spaces. Two winners will receive $5,000 each to improve their schools’ green spaces.
DEADLINE: April 13, 2015

2 | Join the Lab
Big ideas mean big bucks in the Young Scientist Challenge. Middle schoolers are invited to submit a one- to two-minute video outlining an innovative solution to an everyday problem for a chance to win $25,000. Past finalists have taken on alternative energy, text-ing while driving, and more.
DEADLINE: April 21, 2015

3 | Museum Mile
Submit digital photographs of young artists’ 2D masterpieces to the 2015 Sargent Art Contest. Winners will receive a trip for three (student, parent, and art teacher) to visit New York’s world-famous art museums, along with art supplies. Open to K–12 students (broken into three grade categories).
DEADLINE: May 15, 2015

4 | Science Without Borders
The Science Without Borders Challenge inspires students to dive deep into ocean conservation. This year’s theme: Reef Relationships. Students ages 11 to 19 who submit original artwork portraying one or more “reef relationship” (for example, symbiosis between two or more species, such as parasitism or mutualism) are eligible to win up to $500 in scholarship money.
DEADLINE: April 27, 2015

5 | Poetry Pen Pals
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets invites students grades 5 and up to become pen pals with prize-winning poets. First, watch videos of the poets reading and discussing their work. Then, encourage kids to write letters to the poet of their choosing. Select letters will be published on Poets.org and will receive a personal response.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

Freebies

6 | Virtual Encyclopedia
Designed for elementary students, this online encyclopedia features age-appropriate content on everything from science and math to geography and history. Plus, the encyclopedia uses interactive images to extend learning beyond the page and support visual learners.

7 | Share Your Craft
Calling all crafters! Upload your school craft projects that use Elmer’s products for the chance to have your ideas featured in the Elmer’s Craft Gallery—and to inspire fellow teachers. From craft stick puzzles to poetry bowls, featured projects support
hands-on learning for lessons that stick.

8 | Road Safety
May 4–10 marks the Third UN Global Road Safety Week. Sign the Child Declaration for Global Road Safety and teach students road-safety awareness with focused lesson plans. Enter the #Safie sweepstakes for the chance to win Scholastic books.

9 | Grief Awareness
Approximately 69 percent of teachers have at least one grieving student in their classrooms, yet only seven percent have received bereavement training. To help, Scholastic and the New York Life Foundation have created free bereavement-training resources specifically developed for educators.

10 | The Speed of STEM
Zoom through lessons to support your curriculum on force, momentum, and speed with STEM activities and assessment guides for students in grades 5–7. Kids will learn about aerodynamics while participating in pit crew challenges, building a model race car, and more.

Grants

11 | Green Machines
EcoTech grants of $2,500 from the Captain Planet Foundation engage students in inquiry-based STEM projects that use technology tools to address problems in their communities. Past projects range from underwater robotics clubs to sensor-monitored aqua-ponics systems.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

12 | Teacher’s Pet
In the market for a class pet? Pets in the Classroom to the rescue! To teach kids to bond with, and care for, animals, Pets in the Classroom helps teachers purchase pets and pet supplies—from fire-bellied toads to bearded dragons.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015

13 | Creative Kids
Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children grants support team-building programs that draw out creative leaders in elementary schools. Design a leadership program that fosters creativity and collaboration for a chance to win $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
DEADLINE: June 22, 2015

14 | Geo Leaders
In honor of the first female president of the National Association of Geoscience, the Dottie Stout Professional Develop-ment Grant provides funds for field trips, classroom materials, and professional development for earth science educators. Winning K–12 teachers receive $750, membership, and more.
DEADLINE: April 15, 2015

15 | Bring on the Books!
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy Grants help schools support students who are below grade level or struggle with reading by providing up to $4,000 to grow libraries and literacy programs.
DEADLINE: May 21, 2015

16 | Project Success
How would you use the Epson BrightLink 595Wi finger-touch interactive projector in your classroom? Enter three innovative ideas to the Epson BrightLink Projector Teacher Contest for a chance to be one of three teachers to win the projector!
DEADLINE: April 15, 2015

 

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