Attention classroom science teachers ! Is there some science equipment that your students could really use - or a new activity that you want to try out with your students but just don't have the money? Here is your chance for funding. The application (info below) is easy to complete.
CAST members* may apply for up to a $200 mini-grant to supplement their science program. Mini-grants are available for elementary, secondary and college-level teachers. Grants that utilize funds for non-consumable items or for innovative activities will be given preference. A thoughtful, detailed**, and complete application improves your chance of getting funding.
* Applicants must be a CAST member for at least one year before applying for the grant.
** Include specific materials (items, source, cost) to be purchased with the grant monies. If awarded you will be expected to send a copy of the receipt to the CAST treasurer.
In order to support more teachers in more schools, CAST reserves the right to limit the number of grants awarded to a particular individual or school in a 2 year period
To apply for a mini-grant, please click on the link below or follow the directions for mailing in your grant request. Once your request is received, the regional directors of the CAST board (from your region) will review the requests and convey their decision to the CAST Treasurer. The treasurer will notify applicants (both those granted and those denied) and arrange for payment. Grants will be awarded until allotted funds are depleted. Winners will be posted on the web site.
Hurry and submit your applications before funds run out.
Mail-in grant requests should include a short letter telling us how you would use the money to supplement your classroom budget to strengthen your science program, including the quantity of materials to be purchased and the exact expense for the materials. Be as specific as you can including catalog numbers if possible. Send to Sandy Smith, 4660 Topaz Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Past Mini-Grant Winners
Lisa Schott Howbert Elementary, CSSD11
Lisa is a teacher librarian at Howbert Elementary in Colorado Springs School District 11. This school teaches 4th grade science and literacy lessons with science concepts during the day, and offers dozens of after school science/STEM programs for first through fifth graders. Her request was for three mini-straw launchers, one package of precision straws, and six pairs of student safety glasses. The Straw rocket launchers will be used to have students think about rocket design (cones and fins) and the weight of these designs. They would also discuss trajectory (averaging their trial launches), prediction and hypothesis, Newton’s Laws of Motion, timeline of rocketry and engineering jobs associated with rockets. This grant was awarded May 2018.
Kendall Paul Hovel