STEM Integration and Sustainability
Implementation of the TIF 4 STEM Grant in the Houston Independent School District, a five-year federal grant, has now concluded. As a result of the grant work, several resources were created to provide guidance and support to teachers and school leaders interested in STEM education.Therefore, HISD will continue to make these resources available below for the foreseeable future.District-wide STEM Tools
District-wide STEM Sustainability Plan: Through a variety of STEM programming options, HISD is preparing students for the most in-demand careers of the 21st century. In addition to broad exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math at ALL school levels, HISD offers STEM/STEAM programs options at some of its magnet schools, public charters, and its pathway schools.HISD-created STEM Standards: STEM standards are available to help guide school STEM programs. The standards document is composed of 5 sections and connects the work of STEM schools to university, industry, and community-based partners. 2017-2018 HISD STEM Standards
STEM Walkthrough Documents: Based on the standards, the following campus walkthrough documents help school leaders to assess the current status of their STEM program and to decide on future areas of growth.
STEM Design Challenges [Grades K-8 only]: Houston ISD teachers have project-based learning STEM lessons, referred to as design challenges, accessibel to them for classroom use. The challenges serve to supplement quality teaching with fun projects. The tasks align to high-impact math and science TEKS as well as Career and College Readiness Standards (CCRS), and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). The challenges are presented in an engineering design context and also include differentiation and extension strategies to suit classroom needs.Teachers can find the design challenges for the current grading cycle located in the math and science "Resource" folders on the HUB (For more information, please contact HISD's Curriculum department.). Each of the design challenges contain at least 7 formative assessments to be completed at the end of each stage of the engineering design cycle. These fomative assessments, along with the grading rubrics mentioned below, provide teachers with a variety of assessment options to evaluate students' STEM work.Project Grading Rubrics: The following grading rubrics are provided to help teachers assess their students' 21st Century Skills use throughout the design challenge process, and provide teachers with a summative, numerical grade for projects. Use of the resource also compliments the district's Global Graduate Profile.
STEM Career Program Offering: Be sure to check out the Career Ready Wagon, a traveling career exploration show available to HISD schools. This program, sponsored by HISD's Career Readiness department, is an entertaining, interactive, and informative career experience available to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Click here for more information on the program or to schedule a visit.
Coding and Robotics: Professional development in coding enables teachers to immerse students in computer scripting and programming languages as a means to develop their logic and computational thinking skills. Through its partnership with Code.org, Houston ISD continues to grow and expand computer science offerings, including those that integrate robotics, throughout the district (For more information, please contact HISD's Advanced Academics department.).
STEM Events, Grants, Awards, and Contests
The information below on out-of-district STEM opportunities is shared to assist schools with already-established programs sustain their work, as well as, to help new schools bring STEM to their campuses.
ROBOTICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE LOAN PROGRAM Finch Robot Loan Program
Birdbrain Technologies is a firm believer that all kids should have the chance to learn computer science. The Finch robot loan program is one way the company puts their robots in reach to inspire young programmers across the country. Please learn more about this program using the link provided.Deadline: Applications open each spring
More Details: Finch Robot Loan ProgramGRANT WRITING HELP Grant Writing Tools for Finch RobotsIn an effort to help teachers and librarians who are preparing grant proposals in order to purchase Finch robots, this website provides resources to help with the process.Deadline: on-goingMore Details: Finch Grant Writing Materials
FREE K-8 CHEMISTRY CURRICULUM You Be The Chemist® Program
The Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs are designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. The You Be The Chemist® program offers a variety of exciting science lesson plans, enabling educators to bring hands-on learning to students, inside and outside of the classroom.
More Details: You Be The Chemist Website
FREE STEM CURRICULUM Hess- BCM Curriculum InitiativeHess Corporation in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine is offering a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education curriculum for schools nationwide. Each kit includes a teacher’s manual with student activity sheets. Recommended grades are 4 through 6, but the curriculum can be adjusted for both older and younger grades.
More Details: https://store.hesstoytruck.com/stemROLLING GRANT American Honda Foundation GrantThe American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs, and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.
Deadlines: Aug 1, Nov 1, Feb 1, and May 1 each year
More Details: Grant Details
ROLLING GRANT Lowe's Toolbox For Education GrantsFor more than 65 years, Lowe's has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools are struggling to support the basic needs of their students, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support. Now in its 11th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has provided over $49 million to more than 11,000 schools across the country. This year LCEF is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities being the priority.
Deadline: Each fall and spring semester
More Details: http://toolboxforeducation.com/UPPER ES COMPETITION Northop Grumman's STEM Playground Competition
STEM Playground’s League Challenge is a cumulative contest that spans the length of a normal school year in the United States. The contest consists of a preset battery of 12 activities and your class's average rank for all League Challenge activities determines your standings.Deadline: Contest runs Sept. 1-May 15 each year
More Details: http://stemplayground.org/
ROLLING GRANT NEA Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of the standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
Deadlines: October 15, February 1, and June 1 each year
More Details: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/
AFTER SCHOOL GRANT IGT After School Programs Grant
Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.
More Details: http://www.igt.com/en/explore-igt/about-igt/global-responsibility/community-giving
CLASSROOM PETS GRANT Pets in the Classroom Grant
Classroom pets make wonderful learning companions! Educators interested in funding a classroom pet should consider a “Pets in the Classroom” grant. They are available for K-8 teachers in public and private schools. Grants are "intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom" and facilitate learning projects centered on caring for pets responsibly.
More Details: http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/grant-app/ROLLING GRANT Alternative Fuel Foundation Grant
The Alternative Fuel Foundation provides grant support of $250 to $500 in materials for alternative fuels activities and involves a relatively easy application process.
More Details: AFF Grant InformationROLLING GRANT Lockheed Martin Grants
Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. Applications are accepted year-round. Some grant applications may not be able to be considered until the next year's budget cycle, particularly those received in the second half of the year.
More Details: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/who-we-are/community/philanthropy.html
SECONDARY GRANT Toshiba America Foundation Grant Grades 6-12
Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for students. Teachers are invited to apply online to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their classroom.
Deadline: 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis.
More Details: http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612.jsp
ROLLING GRANT InfoSys Funding Sponsored Donors Choose
InfoSys supports computer programming projects in math or science. The grant specifically targets schools with 40% or more of students on free/reduced lunch in Harris County, Texas.
More details: https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom-support/computer-science-for-all-community-givin/20724258/?id=20724258&home=true
ROLLING GRANT American Association of Educators Grant
Classroom grants for up to $500 for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.
Deadlines: March 1 and October 1 each year
More Details: http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application