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REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS
Feb. 1--Technology grants: Proposals are due for the interactive-education grant program, sponsored by the America Online Foundation. The grant provides teams of educators seed money to develop and implement innovative, hands-on projects that improve student performance through the integration of interactive technology into the learning environment. Teams may include K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders. Grants of up to $7,500 are available. Contact: AOL Foundation, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166; (703) 265-1342; Web site: www.AOLFoundation.org.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Jan. 29--Earth science: Submissions are due for the "Look Up! Challenge Sky" contest, sponsored by the Weather Channel and the Polaroid Education Program. Students in grades K-6 should submit artwork, photographs, or poetry inspired by observing the sky. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and the effectiveness of the sky message. Winning entries will be displayed in the Weather Channel's 1999 Classroom Calendar. First-place winners will receive Polaroid cameras and film. Contact: PEP; Web site: http://www.polaroid.com/funfamily/edu/index.html/edu; or WC; (800) 471-5544; Web site: www.weather.com/education.
Jan. 29--Economics: Entries are due for the 1999 Fed Challenge, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank System. High school students should work in teams of five to create and recommend a monetary policy for the United States. Teams will present their policies before members of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee, which sets official monetary policy for the U.S., at the regional level before moving on to the national championship in Washington. Scholarships and grant money of up to $1 million will be available to regional and national finalist teams. Contact: Federal Reserve Bank of New York; (877) FED-CHLG; Web site: www.ny.frb.org/pihome/educator/fedchal.html.
*Feb. 1--Space travel: Entries are due for the Genesis Mission Patch Design Contest, sponsored by the NASA Discovery Program and the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory. K-12 students should submit designs that may be used as the mission patch for the Genesis spacecraft, which is expected to be launched in January 2001. All designs must be submitted in color and should include the words "Genesis: Search for Origins" and NASA. Winning designs from four age categories will be displayed on the World Wide Web and may be used on future mission-related products. Contact: Jacinta Behne; (800) 949-6387; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov.
*Feb. 5--Economics: Submissions are due for the 1999 National Student Poster Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Students in grades 4-6 should submit posters that highlight the importance of U.S. Savings Bonds as a way to save money. A $1,000 savings bond will be given to the first-place winning poster in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Second-place winners will receive a $500 bond, and third-place winners will receive a $200 bond. Contact: National Student Poster Contest, Bureau of the Public Debt, Savings Bonds Marketing Office, Room 309, 999 E St. N.W., Washington, DC 20226; Web site: www.savingsbonds.gov.
Feb. 19--Engineering: Submissions are due for the "Bridges Across America" design competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Holt Education, and the K'NEX Education Division. Students in grades K-12 are asked to build the lightest bridge, using K'NEX materials, that supports the most weight. Prizes include computer equipment and $1,200 in classroom gift certificates for the winning students and their schools. Contact: K'NEX Education Division, PO Box 700, Hatfield, PA 19440-0700; (888) ABC-KNEX; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.knex.com.
*March 1--Art: Submissions are due for the Whootie Owl Art contest, sponsored by Whootie Owl Productions. Student artists, ages 6-12, should create an illustration for any story from the Whootie Owl's "Stories to Grow By" World Wide Web site. Every student who submits an illustration will receive a free audiocassette of the stories. Contact: Elaine Lindy, WOP, Whootie Owl's Art Contest, PO Box 600344, Newtonville, MA 02460-0004; (617) 244-0106; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.storiestogrowby.com.
TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Feb. 12--Holocaust studies: Applications are due for the Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program seeks to develop a national corps of skilled secondary school teachers who can serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools. Fellows are expected to use this experience to create outreach projects in their schools, communities, or professional organizations. History, social studies, and English teachers, as well as library or instructional-media specialists, are encouraged to apply. All applicants must teach at a school in the United States. Contact: Barbara Casana, MTFP, Education Division, USHMM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024; (202) 314-7826; fax: (202) 314-7888; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.ushmm.org.
*March 1--Ecology: Entries are due for the 1999 Rainforest Workshop scholarship drawing, sponsored by Rainforest Workshops. The workshops offer teachers the opportunity to engage in research with orinthologists, marine biologists, canopy researchers, geographers, and biodiversity experts in the Amazon, Belize, Costa Rica, and Kenya. All K-12 educators are encouraged to enter for a $1,000 workshop scholarship. Contact: Frances Gatz, RW, 801 Devon Place, Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 669-6806; e-mail: [email protected].
March 15--Public policy: Applications are due for the Ian Axford Fellowships in public policy, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund of New York. The fellowship gives American educators at the midcareer level the opportunity to study, travel, and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand. The program aims to reinforce links between New Zealand and the United States, improve public-policy development, and build a network of public-policy experts on both sides of the Pacific. Contact: Robin Osborn, CFNY, 1 E. 75th St., New York, NY 10021-2692; (212) 606-3809; e-mail: [email protected].
*April 1--Human rights: Nominations are due for the Pearl S. Buck Award, sponsored by Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The award, which honors the college's most famous alumna, recognizes women whose lives and achievements reflect the late author's commitment to human dignity and understanding. Nominees for the award should exhibit a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding, human rights, children, or the artistic portrayal of a culture. The award has a $10,000 honorarium. Contact: RMWC, Pearl S. Buck Committee, Office of the President, 2500 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503-1526.
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