NASA SD Space Grant Consortium Awards for South Dakota Educators
The SD Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is soliciting applications for the NASA grant awards described below through January 5, 2023. The first (Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant) is limited to schoolteachers only, whereas the second (Dan Swets Robotics Materials Award) is open to both schoolteachers and informal educators.
Applications are due by January 5, 2023. Applicants will be notified of selection results by February 1, 2023, and winners will be recognized at the SD STEM Ed conference in Huron.
Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant ($10,000 total for two awards)
For SD science and math teachers only — Science and math teachers at public, private, or tribal schools in South Dakota may now apply for the 17th annual (2023) “Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant” provided by the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded to selected teachers. The award seeks to improve STEM education in the state through the support of innovative programs in precollege education. Preference will be given to applications focusing on topics pertaining to space science, earth science, and/or the use of geospatial technology. Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2023. Applicants will be notified of selection results by February 1, 2023, and winners will be recognized at the SD STEM Ed conference in Huron.
Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award ($13,000 total)
For SD science and math teachers and informal educators — The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites applications for the 12th annual (2023) “Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award.” The award is open to South Dakota teachers/educators who either: A) have taken robotics training or plan to take robotics training and want to begin new robotics programs and teams, or B) have sustained robotics programs/curriculum in their classrooms or at their schools and are in need of additional support due to growth in the number of student participants or aging robotics materials. Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2023. Applicants will be notified of selection results by February 1, 2023, and winners will be recognized at the SD STEM Ed conference in Huron.
Project Innovation Grant solicitation
Also, to identify and stimulate new educational capabilities in South Dakota, the SD Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is soliciting proposals for its Project Innovation Grant (PIG) program. The objective of PIGs is to provide seed funding for meritorious projects that:
- Focus on one or more of the following program areas:
- Higher Education (Research included)
- Precollege Education
- Informal Education
- Align with NASA Mission Directorate research priorities and/or NASA Center Areas of Interest — see Appendices A.1 – A.5
- Show potential to develop into long-term, sustainable programs.
Proposals must be received by November 17, 2022. Award notifications are anticipated to be made by January 18, 2023.
Thomas V. Durkin
South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701