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November 15—Technology: Submissions are due for presentations at the 23rd annual Microcomputers in Education Conference sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State University, the Arizona State Public Information Network, the Arizona Education Association and the Arizona Technology in Education Alliance. Applicants may submit a presentation, workshop or poster session of at least 60 minutes in length in one of the following categories: Professional development, technology integration/ curriculum development, infrastructure development, community partnerships, distance learning, leading into tomorrow, adaptive technologies, educational resources and best practices. Post-secondary and K- 12 educators, administrators and researchers will attend the conference in March 2003. Contact: Josephine Wong, MEC, PO Box 870101, Tempe AZ 85287-0101; (480) 965-9700; fax: (480) 965-4128; Web site:

November 30—Technology: Applications are due for the Building Brighter Classrooms contest, sponsored by InFocus Corp in partnership with Palm, Da-Lite, Apex Learning and LearnStar. The contest is open to all educators. The randomly selected winner will receive the InFocus LP 240 projector, 15 Palm handheld computers with wireless cards, LearnStar educational software, a Da-Lite screen and stand, and Apex Learning online courses. Contact: InFocus; Web site:

November 30—Early-childhood education: Applications are due for the National Child Care Teacher Awards, sponsored by Tylenol and the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. The awards recognize 50 early childhood educators for their dedication to their students. To be eligible applicants must be employed for at least 3 years with a program that complies with state and local regulations and work a minimum of 35 hours per week. Each applicant will be asked to submit a project that creates educational, social and emotional enhancement for children in their classrooms. Each recipient will receive $500 stipend and $500 to fund their project. Contact: TLLCCF, 320 S. Henderson Rd., 2nd Floor, King of Prussia PA 19406; (610) 992-1140; e-mail:; Web site:

*December 1—Leadership: Applications are due for the Ventures in Leadership awards, sponsored by the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds. The awards recognize public schools and public school districts seeking to implement education leadership programs that will support leadership roles and strengthen leadership conditions in schools. Awards range from $5,000 to $50,000. Only eligible schools and school districts may apply. Applications are only accepted online. Contact: Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, Ventures in Leadership; (212) 251- 9700; Web site: r ograms/ventures.cfm.

*December 10—Foreign language: Applications are due for the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by the Institute of International Education and the Japan-US Educational Commission. The program will select 600 teachers to participate in a fully funded three week study-visit to Japan. Teachers in grades 1-12 are eligible to apply. Contact: Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, IIE, 1400 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005-2403; (888) 527-2636; Web site:

*December 16—Health: Applications are due for the Science and Your Health Challenge?,sponsored by LYSOL and the National Science Teachers Association. Public and private school teachers in grades K-6 are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a health-related project that can be used to teach students science in the classroom. Forty teachers will receive $1,000 toward registration, travel and accomodations at the NSTA convention and $500 for science materials. Contact: Christina Gorski, NSTA; (973) 762-8683; e-mail:; Web site:

*December 16—Leadership: Applications are due for the Outstanding Young Educator Award, sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The award recognizes an education professional, forty years old or younger, who has had a positive impact on students and who serves as a model for other educators. The recipient will receive an ASCD institutional membership and a $10,000 prize. Contact: Christy Thorp, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; (703) 575-5608; e-mail:

*January 3—Libraries: Applications are due for the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians and Follett Library Resources. The award recognizes school library media programs that ensure effective use of information resources by students and staff. Awards are given in three categories: large school district, small school district and single school. Winners receive a $10,000 prize. Contact: AASL, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433 ext. 4381; e-mail:; Web site:


November 15—Science: Applications are due for the TOYchallenge competition, sponsored by Hasbro Inc. Created by the Sally Ride Science Club, the competition is designed to challenge middle school students with a project that will stimulate their interest in engineering. Each student team from grades 5-8 that participates will be asked to submit ideas and drawings of a new toy or game. Visual presentations will be reviewed on January 31, 2003 by a toy panel. Ten finalists will be selected to build and present their creations at the TOYchallenge National Showcase at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. The first place team will spend a week at Space Camp. The second place team will be taken on a behind the scenes tour of Hasbro Inc. The third place team will win a VIP tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and meet an astronaut. Contact: TOYchallenge, 9171 Towne Centre Dr., Suite 550, San Diego CA 92122; e-mail: ; Web site: e nge.

November 15—Science: Applications are due for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Students from grades 9-12 will be asked to build and pilot a model rocket containing two eggs to a height of 1500 feet. Students in grades 7-8 are also eligible to participate if they join a high school team. The top five teams will split $59,000 in cash and savings bonds. The top ten teams will also be eligible to compete for three $2500 grants in the 2003-2004 Student Launch Initiative at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Contact: Nicole Towle, AIA, 1250 I St., Suite 1200, Washington DC 20005; (202) 371-8428; Web site:

*November 29—Reading: Applications are due for the Nestle Very Best in Youth Program awards, sponsored by Nestle and Reading is Fundamental. The awards honor 30 students, between the ages of 9 and 18, who excel in reading, share their skills with peers and make significant contributions to their communities. The winners will receive a certificate of appreciation and Nestle will donate $1,000 to the charity of their choice. Contact: Connie Jameson, Nestlé Very Best in Youth, PO Box 29059, Glendale, CA 91209; (202) 673-1506; Web site: y 2003.html.

*December 15—Achievement: Applications are due for the Achievement Scholarship Program, sponsored by the AXA Foundation. The program will provide 52 $10,000 college scholarships for high school students from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Ten finalists will also be selected as national winners. They will receive an additional $15,000 scholarship, a computer and an internship offer from AXA. Contact: AXA ASP, Scholarship Management Services, CSFA, 1505 Riverview Road, PO Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082; Web site: .

*January 2—Science: Applications are due for the Young Naturalists Awards, sponsored by the J.P Morgan Chase Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History. Students in grades 7-12 will be asked to plan a scientific expedition on any topic in biology, earth science or astronomy. Twelve winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500. The winning essays will also be published on the museum’s Web site. Contact: AMNH, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, NY 10024-5192; (212) 533-0222; e- mail:; Web site: t ionalcenter/youngnaturalistawards.

*January 10—Student scholarship: Applications are due for the Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship program, sponsored by Discover Financial Services and the American Association of School Administrators. The awards recognize high school juniors who excel in many areas, including academics. Nine $2,500 scholarships are available in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA or higher. Nine national winners will also be selected to receive a $25,000 scholarship. Contact: DCTAS, AASA, PO Box 9338, Arlington, VA 22219; Web site: or

January 15—Student conference: Applications are due for the UNA-USA High School Model U.N. Conference, sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America. The conference is for students in grades 7-12. Student are asked to prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the U.N.'s rules of procedures - all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect almost every country on Earth. Contact: Melissa Yahre, UNA-USA, 801 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017; (212) 907-1334; fax: (212) 682-9185; Web site:

Ongoing until March 7—Education: Applications are due for the Salute to Education contest, sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Corp, maker of Kleenex and Huggies. The contest recognizes teachers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware who have had a significant impact in the lives of their students. The contest is open to students ages 9 to 18. A teacher will be selected randomly each month and receive a $1500 cash prize. The winner’s school will also receive a $1500 donation and the student who nominated the winning teacher will receive $500. Contact: ShopRite; (800) 746-7748; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the November 13, 2002 edition of Education Week


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