Enter Now for a Chance to Win the 2014-2015 Shell Science Lab Challenge
Up to $93,000 in Prizes Awarded to Teachers for Creative Approaches to Delivering Quality Lab Experiences with Limited Funding and Resources
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Shell Science Lab Challenge, sponsored by Shell Oil Company (Shell) and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, is now accepting entries for its 2014-2015 program year. Science teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to win up to $93,000 in prizes, including a grand prize school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. The deadline for submissions is December 19, 2014.
“What these teachers accomplish with limited resources is absolutely extraordinary”
“What these teachers accomplish with limited resources is absolutely extraordinary,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Manager of Social Investment, Shell Oil Company. “We believe that learning and innovation go hand in hand. By providing further resources, this challenge helps to support innovation as well as foster student excitement about science at an early age.”
“Despite having limited resources and equipment, there are incredible teachers out there that have found creative ways to inspire their students and deliver a world-class science education that includes exciting hands-on lab experiences,” said Dr. Julianna Texley, NSTA President. “The Shell Science Lab Challenge not only provides teachers and their schools with the equipment they need to properly facilitate their student’s learning, but also provides teachers with the professional development needed to support high-quality science teaching in the classroom.”
Judges will evaluate entries based on various criteria, including demonstrated science inquiry and innovation in the middle or high school classroom with limited laboratory equipment, materials, and resources; demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the school community; and demonstrated need for support to improve science laboratory experiences. Up to 54 regional finalists will be chosen and asked to make a 3-5 minute video displaying their current science lab facilities and provide an explanation of how winning equipment and resources would make a difference in the science teaching and in the learning experiences for their students. The judging panel will pick 18 regional winners from these finalists, and then 5 national finalists will be chosen. From there, a grand prize winner will be selected.
All winners will receive science lab equipment, Shell cash grants, membership to the NSTA, and support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The grand prize winner and four national finalists will be honored at a special banquet and ceremony at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in Chicago in March 2015.
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The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
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