- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 1758292
- First Name Tandy
- Last Name Petrov
- Institution University of Alabama at Birmingham, Community OutReach Development Center (UAB CORD)
- Role/Position Doctoral Student, Secondary Science Educator
- Workshop Category Track 1: Scholarships and Stipends
- Workshop Disciplines Audience Chemistry, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, STEM Education (general)
- Target Audience Co-PIs, Evaluators/Education Researchers, Noyce Master Teachers, Noyce Teaching Fellows, Other Faculty/Staff, Project PIs, Undergraduate and/or Graduate Noyce Scholars
- Topics Program Management and/or Sustainability, Resources for Teachers, STEM Content Area and/or Convergent Description Skills Development, Supporting New Teachers/Induction
- Session Length 45 minutes minutes
- Additional Presenter(s)
Stanislav V Petrov, email@example.com; J Michael Wyss, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three specific learning goals will be achieved from this session: 1) Successfully navigate the grant writing process to find award opportunities, (e.g., the Robert Noyce Classroom grants), 2) Create a defendable and adequate budget and timeline, and 3) develop a method to assess the program so that you can expand your grant-funded programs in future years.
This sessions focuses on how a former Noyce Scholar and secondary science teacher at an alternative school in Alabama successfully acquired two Robert Noyce classroom grants as well as several other small grants in order to sustain and maintain a STEM lab that uses food and urban gardening to drive STEM learning.
Grant writing can be intimidating, especially for individuals who are not familiar with the grant writing process and not supported by veteran grant writers at their schools. Yet grant funds can transform the classroom! The Robert Noyce “Breaking Barriers to STEM Education” award is one example of a grant that can change a classroom into a space that fosters innovative, inquiry-based learning. This session will explain how a secondary science teacher at an alternative school acquired two Robert Noyce classroom grants for using food and urban gardening as the vehicles for driving engagement of students and improving math and science skills. Participants in the session will learn the tips and tricks for successfully navigating this award and similar funding processes for small grants. Together, attendees will learn how to design a competitive proposal, starting with developing an idea of what they want and need, to understanding what is possible in the budget, followed by identifying a timeline, and deciding how the activities from the grant will be assessed. After the session, participants will be encouraged to draft and write their own daring grant proposal for classroom funds. Three specific learning goals will be achieved from this session: 1) Successfully navigate the grant writing process to find award opportunities, (e.g., the Robert Noyce Classroom grants), 2) Create a defendable and adequate budget and timeline, and 3) develop a method to assess the program so that you can expand your grant-funded programs in future years.