grants of up to $500 for dpscd fifth grade stem projects
September 30, 2018 and January 31, 2019 and annually on the same dates thereafter
(Also Required: Register for a BIA Summer Teacher Institute and informed consent to be a part of this project )
ALL DPSCD 5th Grade teachers or their students (with teacher endorsement) are encouraged to apply for the small grants
OR download the application as a
and submit through the on-line portal.
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.
Registering for a Summer Institute is required before applying for a $500 grant.
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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. Watch a video about possible projects. 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 budget could encompass:
(a) Supplies needed to research an organism’s needs or participating in 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 organisms being studied
(d) Creating a web page or on-line game or activity about an organism, with beautiful photos and information about why this organism or ecosystem is interesting
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
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