grants of up to $500 for dpscd fifth grade stem projects
September 30, 2017 and January 31, 2018 for the small grant application
(Also Required: Register for a BIA Summer Teacher Institute, by June 15, 2017)
ALL DPSCD 5th Grade teachers or their students (with teacher endorsement) are encouraged to apply for the small grants
The 4-day Summer Teacher Institute is part of an integrated process that prepares you and your class to achieve the best educational impact from these grants and from a class field trip to the BIA.
You will receive $500 for attending a Summer Institute and up to $900 total over 3 years of the project, be eligible for 24 SCECHs or alternatively 2 graduate credits from Michigan Tech University, and be invited to submit applications to the grant program.
Registering for a Summer Institute is required before applying for a $500 grant.
Who can apply:
Grants may be applied for by groups of fifth grade students (with their teacher’s endorsement) or by fifth grade teachers themselves.
Projects goals and content:
Grants of up to $500 are available to support student science and STEM career activities relevant to their interests and that of the Belle Isle Aquarium in organisms and ecosystems. Projects may involve outside observation or collections, such as from a schoolyard, field or stream, and “citizen science” projects; live organisms such as plants, invertebrates, or fish; classroom care, observation, measurement, and study including photos and videos; creating models of organisms, food webs, and ecosystems; artwork and writing associated with the project or activity; talking to BIA educators, or to scientists, doctors, engineers, and others who can share their knowledge and advice; learning about careers related to the project; and so on. Original ideas are welcome. Sharing ideas and developing collaborations between classes and with other schools via professional learning communities is allowed; potential applicants should also feel free to explore grant ideas with their personal BIA educator. Projects that involve the formation of Communities of Learning, such as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), student-centered groups such as a student "STEM Club," or place-based learning activities at the BIA or in your neighborhood are especially encouraged. The project should culminate in materials that can be presented at the BIA in a “DPSCD Day at the BIA.”
The project could encompass:
(a) Researching an organism’s needs or learning about a “citizen science” project
(b) Buying equipment and supplies, such as aquarium tanks and pumps, collecting nets, inexpensive microscopes, magnifying lenses that fit on cell phones, art supplies, etc. BIA staff can advise on sources and costs.
(c) Purchasing and/or maintaining the organisms being studied, if needed
(d) Creating a web page or on-line game or activity about the organism, with beautiful photos and information about why this organism or ecosystem is interesting
(e) A plan to present results with signs, photos, data, and stories at a “BIA DPSCD Grand Opening Event.”
The project does not have to involve an entire class but could focus on student groups who want to use science to learn more about the world around them.
To apply for a grant, download and complete the attached word document, OR complete the On-Line Application