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FAST Award Explanations

Outstanding Teacher Awards for Elementary, Middle/Junior and High School

Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Outstanding Teacher Awards are designed to recognize the significant contributions of teachers to science education. Teachers are not precluded from nominating themselves. Evidence of the following should be included in the nomination packet: 

  1. Participation in professional organizations showing active leadership through the participation in professional science and science education organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
  2. Maintaining a classroom/laboratory environment that encourages a positive student attitude toward science, enhances student curiosity, participation, and promotes scientific literacy.
  3. Developing and using innovative instructional materials and new approaches to the teaching of science.
  4. Effectively using community resources including projects, speakers, and field trips.
  5. Continuing education, attending workshops, and professional conferences to continue to develop as an effective educator.

Award of Promise

Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Award of promise is intended for a teacher with one to three years of experience who has demonstrated an interest and aptitude for teaching science. The same criteria for Outstanding Teacher will be used for evaluation, but consideration will be given to the formative state of the nominee. 

Outstanding Science Educator

Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Outstanding Science Educator Award is intended to recognize the singular contributions of an individual for promoting science and science education over a significant period of time. Nominations should include letters of support and other evidence clearly demonstrating how the individual has made unique and extraordinary contributions to science education at the local, district, and state level. 

FAST: Teacher Professional Development Travel Grant

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Up to $500 Professional Development Travel Grant for teachers to attend the FAST Conference in Miami, Florida, October 25-27, 2018, will be awarded. Recipients of the grants will be notified in September. They will be required to submit a report of their session workshop experiences, along with their receipts no later than November 30th, 2018. 

FAST: Mini Grants

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Mini-Grants up to $500.00 each will be awarded. Do you have an idea that could be a source of funding? Do you want to fund a creative teaching idea? Apply for the Classroom Mini-Grant from FAST. 

Ocean Optics Grant Program

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program was established in 1983 by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education. 

In even-numbered years, the award is given to elementary teachers (grades K-6); in odd-numbered years, secondary teachers (grades 7-12) are recognized. 

Teachers applying for the PAEMST must be nominated. Anyone (e.g. principals, teachers, students, and other members of the general public) may nominate a teacher. 

   Self-nominations will be accepted! 

Each Presidential Awardee will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and gifts from donors. Each Awardee will also be invited to attend, along with a guest, recognition events in Washington, D.C., in March, which will include: an award ceremony; a Presidential Citation; meetings with leaders in government and education; sessions to share ideas and teaching experiences; and receptions and banquets to honor recipients. 


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