Grants

VAST Mini-Grant for Teaching

The purpose of the VAST Mini-grant program is to provide seed money for innovative curriculum activities which expand learning opportunities for science students. Team applications are welcome, however one person must be designated as the Project Director. The Project Director must be a member of VAST (dues paid for 2016), must have taught at the elementary or secondary level for a minimum of three years, and must be currently employed as a teacher.

Awardees will be selected by a committee appointed by the VAST President. The committee will be looking for projects that will directly impact student learning in the science classroom. The committee will also evaluate the originality, creativity and cost effectiveness of the proposals. Ideally, the projects that are funded will provide the students with new experiences and make possible new scientific investigations. Preference will be given to persons who have not received prior VAST Mini-grant awards. The selection committee may elect to not make an award if the proposals do not meet the stated criteria. It is anticipated that most awards will be made in the range of $200-$500.

Mini-grant funds may be spent for supplies, equipment, printing, and other materials essential to the project. Mini-grant funds are not intended for student travel (field trips) or for the personal remuneration of the grant recipients. All materials will become the property of the school/school system in which the Project Director is employed at the time the grant is awarded.

Due Date: June 1, 2016

Click here to download the pdf document to print out hard copy to submit. Click here to apply online. http://goo.gl/forms/lgIIakWdpM


TACT Mini Grant to Enhance Teaching of Chemistry

The Tidewater Alliance of Chemistry Teachers (TACT) was founded in 1975 and it actively served the needs of area chemistry teachers for 37 years. When it ceased to exist in 2012, the organization made an endowment to VAST with the stipulation that the monies would continue to be used to promote the teaching of chemistry within Virginia. This mini-grant offering is funded by their generous endowment.

The purpose of the TACT Mini-grant is to provide seed money for innovative curriculum activities which expand chemistry learning opportunities for students. Team applications are welcome, however one person must be designated as the Project Director. The Project Director must be a member of VAST (dues paid for 2016), must have taught (K-12) for a minimum of three years, and must be currently employed as a teacher. Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the VAST President. The committee will be looking for projects that will directly impact chemistry learning (K-12). The committee will also evaluate the originality, creativity and cost effectiveness of the proposals. One, or more, grants totaling $1,500 will be awarded. Ideally, the projects that are funded will provide the students with new experiences and make possible new scientific investigations. Proposals that include student hands-on activities are preferred. Preference will be given to persons who have not received prior TACT Minigrant award.

Mini-grant funds may be spent for supplies, equipment, printing, and other materials essential to the project. Mini-grant funds may be used for student travel as long as less than 50% of the grant is designated for this purpose. Funds may not be used for the personal remuneration of the grant recipients. All materials will become the property of the school/school system in which the Project Director is employed at the time the grant is awarded.

Due date: June 1, 2016

Click here to download the pdf document to print out hard copy to submit. Click here to apply online. http://goo.gl/forms/QcwF801IGv

AIPG Russ Wayland Mini Grant to Improve Teaching of Geology

Sponsored by the Virginia Section of the

American Institute of Professional Geologists

AIPG

In 1993, the Virginia Section AIPG established a grant in order to improve the teaching of GEOLOGY in the schools (K-12), Public and Private. Applicants should type, or print in ink, all sections of the application. and submit it prior to August 20, 2016. The section has allocated $1,000 to fund approved proposals for 2016.

Applicants must be currently employed as classroom teachers, and must be a member of VAST or WVSTA. Applicants must agree to share the outcomes of this project with other teachers through inservices and/or a presentation at a VAST or WVSTA conference. Recipients are also expected to share the outcomes of the project with the members of Virginias Section of the AIPG at one of their four yearly meetings.

The review committee is looking for proposals that will result in more hands-on activities, and a better understanding of the importance of geologic resources, and/or geologic principles. The grant may be awarded to one applicant, or split among several applicants (to be determined by the AIPG selection committee). The grant moneys are not intended as remuneration and should not be considered as such. The AIPG selection committee may elect to not make an award if it feels that none of the proposals meet the goals of AIPG.

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