Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Lab Challenge

All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on September 22, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Ruth Ruud, president of APAST (Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching). In this seminar, the presenter talked about the Shell/NSTA Lab Challenge and discussed the steps that went into constructing an effective application.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program was designed to make educators aware of the opportunity for them to compete in the Shell/NSTA Lab Challenge which gives educators and schools the opportunity to obtain monies to upgrade their science labs. Ms. Rudd answered a variety of participant questions about the application process and how the judges would be looking at specific details on the application. Marie Wiggins, Eric Crossley and Brian Short from NSTA were also present to help with participant questions.

Seventy-five (75) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. In addition, one participant joined the program from a location outside of the United States: Puerto Rico

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Having written very few grants, I found that knowing the requirements and the quirks that the judges look for useful. I also find that being able to collaborate with others and with the moderators was helpful.”
  • “Helped me to understand what reviews will be looking for in the grant application so I can better help one of our K-12 partners with their application.”
  • “All the schools that I had work didn't have well lab resources. This challenge brings me the opportunity to make something to my school and students. The seminar brought me the resources to make the right proposal to participate in the challenge.”
  • “The examination of the parts of the application will be useful when filling it out. Knowing that the judges are looking for apps. that adhere strictly to the rules and what they are looking for”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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