Science and Technology EDucation and TRAINing (STEDTRAIN)
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 $557,000 for 560 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
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2018-19 Seed Grant Announcements
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018-19 Seed Grants will be released on 1 February 2017. You can check the website on or after that date to view the RFP.
2017-18 Seed Grant Announcements
The Science and Technology EDucation and TRAINing (STEDTRAIN) Committee are pleased to announce the award of 8 Type I Seed Grants and 9 Type II Seed Grants to area teachers to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the classroom for the 2017-18 School Year. Over $27,000 will be awarded through the STEDTRAIN program this year. Checks will be presented to the teachers at the awards ceremony as detailed below.
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:30 A.M. registration and social
9:00 A.M. Program - Emcee: Jennifer Deang, Ph.D.
First Baptist Church, Room 118
Use Entrance 6 from the north side parking off St. Clair Street
600 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Susan Kathy Land, a Department of Defense Program Manager at Redstone Arsenal with industry experience in engineering, management, and team leadership. Currently, she is the 2017 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President Elect, an IEEE Board of Directors (BoD) position. She has previous volunteer and high level IEEE Computer Society BoD, IEEE BoD, and IEEE-ISA BoD positions.
Presentation Title: STEM Hot Topics: A North Alabama Challenge
Abstract: It is well known that the key to increasing access to STEM fields, and increasing the STEM workforce, is getting students in the earliest grades. IEEE and the National Academy of Engineering have been doing increasing research into the advantages and positive results associated with STEM integration in K-12 education. Ms. Land will translate some of this research into a series of easily understood and practical challenges, for today's teachers, which lead to positive outcomes of an effectively integrated STEM curriculum at the K-12 level.
Brief overview of three selected Grant projects; one from each of three grade groups: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 . These presentations will facilitate more teacher interactions and generate more educational innovations and synergies.
Grant awards and check presentations
The program will conclude with a general audience discussion.
Group publicity photos of the recipients will be made during the program.
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.