Calling All Science Educators: Registration Now Open for the Shell Science Lab Challenge

Chance to Win Up to $93,000 in Prizes, Including a $20,000 School Science Lab Makeover

ARLINGTON, Va.--()--Registration is now open for the Shell Science Lab Challenge. The Challenge, which is sponsored by Shell Oil Company (Shell) and administered by the National Science Teaching Association, encourages 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, to apply 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 January 15, 2020.

“Outstanding teachers continue to employ innovative techniques to create exceptional lab experiences with limited resources,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, VP Shell Oil Company Foundation and Director Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach. “We believe it is important to foster creativity through hands-on experiences. The additional resources enable students to develop a problem-solving mindset that will lead to the energy solutions of the future. The Shell Science Lab Challenge is one of many efforts that supports future generations in becoming innovators and assists educators to foster excitement about science among students.”

“Having access to quality lab experiences that foster inspiration and creativity, and where students feel empowered to engage in problem-solving and critical-thinking activities and investigations is essential for student development in the 21 century,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “Yet, scarce funding, inadequate resources and equipment, and insufficient training, often limit teachers from being able to deliver the high-quality lab experiences their students deserve. The Shell Science Lab Challenge will not only provide teachers with the tools and resources necessary to strengthen their existing lab capabilities, but will also provide the professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and learning.”

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 NSTA district 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 their school. The judging panel will pick 18 NSTA district winners from these finalists, and then five 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 Boston, Massachusetts, April 2-5, 2020.

For more information about the Shell Science Lab Challenge or to apply, visit

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching 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 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

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Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

Release Summary

Applications are now being accepted for the Shell Science Lab Challenge.



Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211