Science and Technology EDucation and TRAINing (STEDTRAIN)
We are now accepting Seed Grant proposals for the 2018-19 school year.
STEDTRAIN is a Committee that administers a
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Seed Grant program that provides
Type I and Type II Grant funding of $250 to $1000 and $1500 to $2500 respectively to an educator
for innovative hands-on classroom projects that will stimulate children’s interest in science and technology.
Since the Program began in 1988, it has distributed over $556,000 for 559 individual grants and other worthy educational projects. The grants currently benefit approximately 10,000 students directly and about 20,000 indirectly a year.
The Association is grateful to many of its Member societies, corporate, and individual donors for their support. The economic situation of the past few years has substantially increased the number of grant applications received. The increase has required funding substantially beyond what was previously possible.
Send your tax-deductible donation (and make checks payable) to
STEDTRAIN, P.O. Box 1964, Huntsville, AL 35807
STEDTRAIN sends alerts via email and SMS text messages regarding our events, such as the release of our next Request for Proposals, and other information that we believe is important to share with educators. If you would like to sign up for these alerts, please click on the button below.
2018-19 Seed Grant Announcements
The Science and Technology EDucation and TRAINing (STEDTRAIN) Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of its Seed Grant Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program for K-12 schools (State approved public, individual, or home schooled groups) in Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Limestone Counties in Alabama and Lincoln County in Tennessee for the 2018-2019 school year.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the STEDTRAIN Program includes a more challenging class of grants, called Type II Enhanced Seed Grants, that may qualify for awards of $1500 to $2500. The program also retains the original Type I Seed Grants that range of $200 to $1000. A teacher may apply for both a Type I and a Type II Seed Grant, but only one of the two classes of grants will be awarded to a successful applicant.
Proposals for Seed Grants must be submitted online through this website.
The deadline for submission is 11:59:59 PM (midnight), April 1, 2018. The school principal must approve the Seed Grant proposal by midnight, April 3, 2018. Late submissions and approvals will not be accepted. We expect to announce Seed Grant awards on or about Friday, August 4, 2018. Please check our website for other important dates and information about submitting a proposal.
Check the status of your proposal here
You can download and import the STEDTRAIN calendar for 2018-19 into your favorite calendar program by using the links below. The comma separated variable (CSV) format works well with most calendars, and is the preferred method of importing the calendar into Microsoft Outlook. The iCalendar (ICS) is supposed to be an Internet standard, but Microsoft Outlook doesn't handle this type very well.
Cheryl Heldt, a 3rd grade Math and Science teacher at University Place Elementary School in the Huntsville City Schools district, received the $100 gift certificate from Phillip Henson for her Seed Grant at the STEDTRAIN Seed Grant Conference in April 2016.
Permission Granted for use by STEDTRAIN and photo subjects, Phillip Henson and Cheryl Heldt
Photo by: Woodrow (Woody) A. Williams, Huntsville, AL
Other use must receive written permission.
From: Teresa Zimmer
Date: September 15, 2015 at 11:49:00 AM CDT
To: Carolyn Hale
Subject: Re: Carolyn Hale - STEDTRAIN committee
Good morning, Mrs. Hale! I am SO excited about receiving a STEDTRAIN grant, but I can hardly control the excitement of my students! Some of our items purchased with grant funds are beginning to be delivered, and it's like Christmas whenever someone brings a box to my room!
Of course you are welcome to come visit anytime, but you would probably get more of the idea of the overall project if you waited until 2nd semester. Most of the items we are adding to our "makerspace" take some time to learn how to use. We do plan on having two "maker faires", one probably in January and the other at the end of the school year, to showcase what we have accomplished to parents, fellow teachers and students, and community members. I will be sure to let you know of those dates, and I welcome you and other STEDTRAIN members to join us.
Please extend my sincere thank you to the rest of the committee. It is difficult to express in words the impact this grant will have on my students. While our objectives are difficult to measure in standard ways, just watching and listening to the students is evidence of authentic learning taking place. I can't wait to see how far these students will take their ideas!
Thank you again for your support of unique learning opportunities! I look forward to meeting you.
Guntersville City School
STEDTRAIN Grant Recipient
Seed Grants for Previous Years
The following documents provide abstracts for the Seed Grant proposals that have
been funded over the past several years.