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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.

Awards Ceremony

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time:

8:30 A.M. registration and social
9:00 A.M. Program - Emcee: Jennifer Deang, Ph.D.

Location:

First Baptist Church, Room 118
Use Entrance 6 from the north side parking off St. Clair Street
600 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801

Featured Speaker:

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.

Program:

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.

 

Check the status of your proposal here

List of Awarded Seed Grants

Other STEM Related Opportunities

This information is provided as a courtesy by the STEDTRAIN Committee and is not an endorsement of the programs.

STEDTRAIN in the News

Phillip Henson and Cheryl Heldt photo

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.

Letters

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.

Sincerely,

Teresa Zimmer
Gifted Specialist
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.

 
Telephone Contacts
Woody Williams 256.837.5172
Ron Hackett 931.438.3298
2017-18 Grant Calendar
Date Event/Deadline
2017
1 February Proposal Season Opens

1 April
4:30 PM
Proposal Submission Deadline

3 April
midnight
Principal's Approval Deadline

15 April
midnight
Last day to report problems

Friday 4 August Seed Grant awards announced

Tuesday 22 August
Noon
Deadline for accepting Seed Grant awards

Tuesday 22 August
Noon
Deadline for verifying attendance

Saturday 26 August
8:00 AM
Awards Ceremony

2018
20 January Midterm Reports Due

April 26
Noon
Final Reports Due

April 28 Final Presentations

May 1 Principal's Reusable Items Reports

May 18 Deadline for Reusable Items Reports
2017-18 Grant Calendar
Date Event/Deadline
2017
1 February Proposal Season Opens

1 April
4:30 PM
Proposal Submission Deadline

3 April
midnight
Principal's Approval Deadline

15 April
midnight
Last day to report problems

Friday 4 August Seed Grant awards announced

Tuesday 22 August
Noon
Deadline for accepting Seed Grant awards

Tuesday 22 August
Noon
Deadline for verifying attendance

Saturday 26 August
8:00 AM
Awards Ceremony

2018
20 January Midterm Reports Due

April 26
Noon
Final Reports Due

April 28 Final Presentations

May 1 Principal's Reusable Items Reports

May 18 Deadline for Reusable Items Reports
Seed Grant Awards
Year Awards Total
2017-2018 17 $27,484
2016-2017 24 $38,688
2015-2016 24 $31,006
2014-2015 36 $32,724
2013-2014 40 $35,482
2012-2013 29 $26,527
2011-2012 35 $32,836
2010-2011 45 $38,486
2009-2010 25 $23,152
2008-2009 -- --
2007-2008 -- --
2006-2007 22 $20,029
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