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InvenTeams
Created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the InvenTeam initiative provides opportunities for high school students to cultivate their creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving abilities and apply lessons from (STEM) subjects to the invention of technological solutions to real-world problems. Teams comprised of high school students, teachers, and mentors receive grants of up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions for a problem of their choice. Projects can range from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of the world's poorest people when creating their projects. Initial application deadline: Feb. 27, 2015.

IRA Invites Proposals for 2015 Teacher as Researcher Grant
The International Reading Association is seeking proposals for the 2015 Teacher as Researcher Grant program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support teacher inquiries related to literacy and instruction. Grant-related studies may be carried out using any research method or approach so long as the focus is on reading/writing or literacy. Submission deadline: extended until January 15, 2015.

2015 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
This award by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation recognizes the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers. Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning in STEM are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2015.

2014 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching
Each year, this award recognizes one full-time U.S. teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in Chicago in March 2015 to accept the award. To be eligible for the 2014 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2015.

Apply for a Teacher Scholarship to Raft the Grand Canyon with NCSE
Apply for an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Winners will receive free airfare, lodging before and after the trip, and the trip of a lifetime, exploring the wonders of Grand Canyon with a team of scientists, educators, and science fans. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2015.

ING Unsung Heroes Program's Class Project Awards
Each year, one hundred K-12 educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Of the one hundred finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Application deadline: April 30 2015.