Deadline today to submit proposals for STEM grants

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Today, April 12, is the deadline for Roane County teachers to submit proposals to URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math.

The UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific projects.

All teachers are welcome to apply, but proposals should focus on STEM projects. For instance, a music teacher might apply for a grant for a math-related project within the field of music.

Schools in Roane, Anderson, Loudon and Knox counties are eligible to submit proposals.

Interested teachers should contact their school principals for more information.

“Funding excellence in education is a major commitment for UCOR,” said Leo Sain, UCOR president and project manager.

“As a technology-based company, we are especially committed to funding math, science, and technology-related educational endeavors. This is our second year offering these annual mini-grants with some impressive projects having been undertaken by our awardees in the first year. Our mini-grants program gives students opportunities they may not otherwise have.”

Proposal packages have been sent to school principals.

More than one teacher in a school may submit proposals, but each proposal must be approved by the principal.

Applications may be made for $500 for a single classroom, $750 for a grade or several classes or $1,000 for an entire school. The latter proposal must include an implementation plan.

Proposals will be judged on three criteria:

• A project summary, which describes the project and expected results.

• The top three learning objectives/curriculum concepts that will be enhanced by the grant, and how results will be measured.

• An explanation as to why the project is deserving of the grant.

• Grant winners will be recognized at a reception in May.

Call Veronica O’Hearn in UCOR Strategic Planning, Communications, and Governmental Affairs at 865-574-9102 for details.