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Shell Science Lab Challenge Seeks Innovative Teaching to Bolster Student Experience

The Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have joined together for the Shell Science Lab Challenge. The Challenge that is open to science teachers in grades 6 to 12 in the US and Canada is seeking “innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences utilizing limited school and laboratory resources,” according to the sponsor’s press release.

The Challenge’s grand prize is a $20,000 lab makeover package, while the top four runner-up schools will receive a makeover package of $8,500. The grand prize winner and the four finalists will be honored at the Teacher's Education Gala at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in spring 2017.

Additionally, the remaining 18 finalist schools will receive a package of $3,000. Other prizes include grants from Shell, a membership to the NSTA, subscriptions to the NSTA Learning Center, support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education, and donations of lab equipment.

Leading up to the final selection, as many as 54 NSTA district finalists will be chosen to submit a short video of their school’s limited science lab facilities.  The submissions will be judged on how great an impact the award prizes will enhance a school’s current facility and the learning experience of the students. All applicants must also submit a document describing how their teaching program is innovative, while being hampered by the lack of sufficient resources.

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on January 23rd, 2017 via online and the deadline to enter the video is February 2017.