Each project is eligible for up to $400 for the school to purchase supplies, equipment, and/or food, plus a $100 teacher stipend for personal use. Reusable items will become the property of the school.

Click HERE to apply by Monday, Nov 8th at 12 PM!

Join us for an optional Zoom Information Session on Wednesday, Oct 13th at 4 PM:

Guidelines for Consideration:

  • Be a current K-12 teacher in a public, charter or private school within a STEM SENC supported NC county (i.e., Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland)
  • Directly involve and provide ongoing benefits to students
  • Include clearly defined goals and learning objectives
  • Use innovative and creative teaching methods
  • Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion
  • Create a STEM lesson plan and video of the lesson to be shared
  • Priority will be given to projects that target underserved students


Applications Open: Oct. 7, 2021
Zoom info meeting: October 13, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
Applications Due: Nov. 8, 2021 by 12 PM
Awards Announced:  Dec. 8, 2021
Project Completed and Video Submitted: April 8, 2022
Celebration: April 27, 2022

Scoring Rubric:

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Q: Can a team apply for a grant?
A: We encourage teams to work together; there is a place on the application to list other team members. The award is per project and the $100 stipend will be sent to the primary applicant.

Q: Will I receive feedback and/or scoring?
A: Given the large number of applications we expect, we will not be able to provide feedback or scoring to applicants.

Q: How can the funds be spent?
A: The $400 will be provided to the school for the purchase of equipment, supplies, materials, and/or food—items needed to support your lesson/students. Any reusable items will become the property of the school. The $100 stipend will be provided directly to the primary applicant to spend however he/she chooses, personally or professionally.

Q: Can I save my progress on the application and return later to complete it?
A: Yes, you can save the changes you’ve made to your fillable PDF on your local device. We won’t see what you’ve completed until you’ve clicked submit.

Q: I'm a community partner that does programming in K- 12 schools, can I apply?
A: A current teacher needs to be the primary applicant and the award will go to the teacher/school. If a teacher would like to partner with a community organization, that is fine. The intent of the award is to recognize creative and innovative lessons. The teacher’s lesson plan will be made publicly available so that others can use them.